The purposes of the Association shall be as follows:

  1. To provide a forum for the exchange of information and for discussion on a wide range of subjects related to post-graduate colon and rectal surgical education.
  2. To maintain high standards of residency training and education in colon and rectal surgery by improving graduate education.
  3. To provide advice, assistance, and support to program directors on matters pertaining to surgical education or to accreditation.
  4. To encourage research in the education and training of colon and rectal surgeons.
  5. To represent the interests of program directors to other organizations, individuals, and governmental or regulatory bodies concerned with surgical education.
  6. To promote and develop an academic interest in teaching colon and rectal surgery.
  7. To transmit to the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) such suggestions, comments, or ideas as may be of value in furthering our mutual interests and purposes.
  8. To advance, promote, and develop training programs in colon and rectal surgery in concert with the Residency Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery.
  9. To promote, foster, and further a cooperative fraternal spirit among training programs.
  10. To obtain an adequate and fair distribution of the prospective residents in colon and rectal surgery among all the training programs.