In this web site you will find details about Colorectal practice and research in Spain along with information about meetings, courses, fellowships, scholarships, prizes and so on. I hope you will find this useful and informative.

In Spain Colorectal Surgery or Coloproctology is a surgical subspecialty without formal or official recognition, however 542 Surgeons, both trainees and fully trained, are affiliated to the Asociacion Española de Coloproctologia.  Although not universally accepted, many colorectal surgeons work in independent units or firms, however they remain integrated in General and Digestive Departments, sharing with other surgeons the out of hours on call duties.

So you need to be a fully trained general and digestive surgeon to become a coloproctologist.  In Spain after medical graduation there is a national competitive examination (the “popular” MIR examination) to select both an approved medical specialty and an official recognized residence training program. General and Digestive Surgery typically entails 5y of duration, however paradoxically at the end of the residence program there is any final examination as all the control is set at the entrance.

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Rosa M Jimenez Rodriguez

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