81st Principles of Colon & Rectal Surgery Course

November 15-16, 2019
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

This course will focus on hot topics in benign and malignant colon and rectal surgery. Particularly, lectures and discussions will be focused on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions or surgical situations. Sessions will cover changing paradigms in a variety of areas such as anorectal diseases, pelvic floor disorders, colorectal cancer and benign colorectal disease, including inflammatory bowel disease. A major component of this course will be the opportunity to interact with faculty who use different protocols and have opposing points of view. These will be explored in the case-based debates throughout the course aimed at provoking honest and informative discussion.


A block of rooms will be available at the Graduate hotel for course participants.

The Graduate Hotel
University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Telephone: 612-379-8888 or 1-800-822-6757


Registration will open soon!


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Surgeons and University of Minnesota. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Things to Do

A few highlights that are favorites of our faculty and stuff: 

Breweries: Minnesota is home to more than 100 breweries. Some of our favorites: BauhausIndeedSociable Cider WerksUtepils and Dangerous Man. Of course, always popular is the nearby Surly Beer Hall, which features a full menu in addition to 20+ beer options.

Restaurants: We aren’t ones to brag, but the Minneapolis foodie scene is seriously underrated. Here’s what Minneapolis-based chef and Bizarre foods host Andrew Zimmern recommended to those visiting for the 2018 Superbowl.

Sporting Events: Minneapolis/Twin Cities are one of the few cities in the country with a professional team in every major sport. The Minnesota Twins St. Paul SaintsMinnesota United and Minnesota Lynx play in the summer.  Then, the Minnesota VikingsTimberwolves and Wild keep us busy in the fall/winter.  We also cheer on our University of Minnesota Golden Gophers! Minneapolis and St. Paul are also known for some of the top sports venues in America: the Twins’ Target Field, Gopher Football’s TCF Bank Stadium, Wild’s Xcel Energy Center, and the Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the 2018 Superbowl. Schedules will be updated as available!

Arts/Culture: The Twin Cities has the 2nd most theater seats per capita behind New York City, so it is no problem to find high-quality live theater on any given day.  The Guthrie Theater located just across the river from campus, is an excellent place to catch a show. Minnesota OrchestraHennepin Theater Trust and the Ordway are also top theater venues. Rather take in a museum? The Walker Art Center is one of the top five most visited modern art museums in the country. It’s sculpture garden features the Spoonbridge and Cherry, synonymous with Minneapolis.

Shopping: Minnesota is home to the first enclosed mall as well as the largest mall in America, so it’s safe to say we take shopping seriously. Minnesota also has no sales tax on clothing, which is no doubt one of the reasons people flock to places like Mall of America year round. We also like to support our local shops, especially those in the North Loop and ExcelsiorVogue agrees!

Need more ideas? This list will keep you busy!