CRC Surgeons Are Experts In the Diagnosis and Treatment of Colorectal DiseaseFounded in 1934, the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) is one of only 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are currently only about 1,000 board-certified colon and rectal surgeons practicing in the United States.
Each of the CRC surgeons has completed five or more years of traning in general surgery, followed by one year of fellowship training in colorectal surgery. This makes them eligible for certification by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Certification by the ABCRS requires that the candidate be certified by the American Board of Surgery (general surgery), completion of a year of residency training in colon and rectal surgery, and finally satisfactory performance on rigorous written and oral examinations given by the ABCRS.
The Board now has developed a program of "Maintenance of Certification or Competence" which involves periodic review of the physicians´ practice, continuing medical education and a written examination.