Postgraduate Education

General Surgery Residency Training Program

This is a five-year post-MD program. The primary aim of the program is to train general surgeons within the goals and objectives set out by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This includes meeting the goals of a medical expert/clinical decision maker, as well the other competencies defined by CanMEDS, namely Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional. The residency training program is delivered within clinical teaching units at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), as well as other clinical facilities associated with the University of Ottawa. Training also takes place at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre.

The first year (PGY-1) is divided into 13 four-week blocks, one of which is selective. Six blocks are spent in General Surgery, with the other blocks covering a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical rotations. There are a number of other selective blocks available both in surgical and non-surgical specialties. Residents in PGY-1 must also complete the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Course.

In the second to fourth years (PGY-2 through PGY-4), each year is divided into 13  four-week blocks, with increasing numbers of General Surgery rotations. Further, in PGY-2 one block is spent in the Intensive Care Unit (Critical Care). In PGY-3 two blocks are divided between gastro-enterology and ambulatory surgery. In PGY-4 two one block is elective. Community hospital experience is arranged during this elective block if desired. During the remaining block each year, rotations are chosen between plastic surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Other rotations include Intensive Care, Plastic Surgery, and Gastroenterology each for 2 blocks as a PGY-2.  PGY-3s have 2 blocks each of Thoracics and Community rotations. PGY-4s have 2 blocks of Vascular Surgery.

In PGY-5 the year is spent as Senior Resident only on General Surgery services.

Training Program for General Surgery

Dr. Shaheer Tadros is the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Training Program.  It is a 5 year Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited program aimed to prepare graduates for either community practice or for further development in a General Surgery Fellowship.

Application Information

Applications to our residency program must be made through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Sub-Specialty Residency (Fellowship) Training

The University of Ottawa has multiple opportunities for additional sub-specialty training in General Surgery. These include: