Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute

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Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned: Certificate of Achievement

Program Length: 9 Months

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Tuition: $500 for Clinical Fellows and Residents; $999 for Surgeons in Practice

Application Deadline: September 10, 2019

Program Code: RCSE100


The overall objective of the Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute (ReCSEI) is to advance the practice of colorectal surgery and surgical oncology fellows and early career surgeons in the area of rectal cancer, introducing and reviewing the latest technical innovations, research, and best practices in the field. Participants will have opportunity to learn from multidisciplinary and patient panels, as well as experts from across Canada, Toronto and the world to learn about the latest advancements and dialogue in the treatment and management of rectal cancer.


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Program Outline and Instruction Method

Module Layout_ReCSEI

Module 1: Pre-Symposium Activities (September 23 – October 17, 2019  |  Online Facilitated Learning)

Intended to level-set participants with information about the latest surgical practices, issues and topics in the field of rectal cancer. Recorded PowerPoint slides, video, and print learning resources will be made available to participants. Content will be available throughout the ReCSEI for learners to access at any time, and as needed.

Module 2: Live, Interactive Symposium (October 18th – 20th, 2019  |  Symposium in Toronto, Ontario)

This will be conducted in person over 3 days and will assume all participants have a base-level knowledge of current rectal cancer surgical innovations discussed in Module 1. It will feature faculty lectures and case-based learning, using both print and video scenarios. Module 2 will be hosted in premium conference space at the BMO Education and Conference Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. Lectures will be recorded and stored to BlackBoard as learning assets for participants to access for the duration of the program. The module will also include group discussion, a Patient Partners panel, and a multidisciplinary tumour board. A prominent panel of guest speakers from colorectal surgery and surgical oncology have been engaged representing a diverse global experience in treating rectal cancer to share their knowledge and expertise.

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Module 3: Journal Club Discussion Series (November 2019 – May 2020  |  Online Facilitated Learning)

In follow-up to the Live, Interactive Symposium, an online discussion forum will be available to participants, in addition to bi-monthly, synchronous discussions that will occur over the 7-month period following Module 2. Module three will explore emergent topics of interest identified by participants in Modules 1 and 2, in addition to issues critical the practice of rectal cancer surgery and management.

Target Audience

The ReCSEI program is intended for colorectal surgery and surgical oncology fellows and early career surgeons in the area of rectal cancer. 

Topics Covered

  • Watch and wait and the clinical complete response
  • Total neoadjuvant therapy
  • Recurrent rectal cancer
  • Minimally invasive approaches to rectal cancer
  • Approach to pelvic side wall lymph nodes
  • Career development and mentorship opportunities
  • Networking opportunities with other rectal cancer surgeons and surgical oncologists

Program Features

  • Blended learning format to optimize and reinforce learning to practice
  • Networking with colleagues in rectal cancer surgery and building/establishing a community of practice
  • Access to world class surgeons and health care practitioners from Toronto and around the globe
  • Case-based learning and multidisciplinary tumour boards
  • Patient partners panel and discussion
  • Career development and mentorship opportunities


$500 – Clinical Fellows and Residents

$999 – Practicing Surgeons

Why Learn at Michener?

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is the only integrated school and hospital system in Canada. This landmark integration allows educators to narrow the gap between education and practice, by creating programming that is relevant, timely, and rooted in best practice and innovation. Benefits of learning at Michener include:

  • Flexible learning and interactivity
  • Networking and collaboration among colleagues
  • Expert facilitation and learning design
  • Connection to world-leading clinicians, scientists and leaders at Canada’s largest research and teaching hospital