Postgraduate Education

General Surgery Residency Training Program

This is a five-year post-graduate (MD) program. The primary aim of the program is to train exceptional 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 as the other competencies defined by CanMEDS: Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional. 

In 2017, a unique stream was created for francophone Canadian Medical Graduates at the Montfort Hospital, under the umbrella of the University of Ottawa. This chosen resident will pursue rotations at the Montfort Hospital as well as all other clinical teaching units available to the 'traditional' University of Ottawa General Surgery residents. 

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. 

The residency training program is delivered within clinical teaching units at: 

  • The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)  
    • Civic Campus (Level 1 Trauma Center)  
    • General Campus  
    • Riverside Campus 
  • The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) 
  • The Montfort Hospital 
  • Other clinical facilities associated with the University of Ottawa  
    • Queensway Carlton Hospital  
    • Pembroke Hospital  
    • Winchester Regional Hospital 

Clinical Rotations for General Surgery Residents

Each year of training is divided into 13 four-week blocks:  

PGY1-2 (26 blocks)

17 Total Blocks: General Surgery Elective and Acute Care Services:  

  • Including: Acute Care Surgery, Breast/Oncoplastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colorectal, Bariatrics/Foregut, Complex Abdominal Wall, Hepatobiliary, Trauma, Pediatric Surgery, Endoscopy.

7 Total Blocks: Non-General Surgery Blocks  

  • Including: ICU (PGY1&2), Emergency Medicine (PGY1) Gastroenterology (PGY 1) Vascular Surgery (PGY2) Thoracic Surgery (PGY2) Plastic Surgery (PGY2) 

2 Elective Blocks  

  • Electives chosen by resident from list of following: Anaesthesia, Cardiac Surgery, OBGYN, Urology, Radiology, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Pathology, Orthopedic Surgery, Research, Community General Surgery 

PGY 3-5 (39 blocks)

29 Total Blocks as the senior resident on the following subspecialty services: 

  • Including: Acute Care Surgery, Breast/Oncoplastic, Surgical Oncology, Colorectal, Bariatrics/Foregut, Complex Abdominal Wall, Hepatobiliary, Trauma, Pediatric Surgery, Endoscopy, Community General Surgery, Ambulatory Surgery  

6 Blocks which may include further training in General Surgery, clinical training in surgical or non-surgical disciplines relevant to resident’s career goals.

  • Including: Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Community General Surgery

4 Elective Blocks

  • Visiting electives at other Canadian or International Institutions

Research Opportunities  

The Division of General Surgery supports an active research program. The surgical staff have a wide variety of research interests that include areas of focus in basic science, clinical outcomes, health systems and surgical education. The divisional research program and several surgical staff hold affiliations with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME), Telfer School of Management and the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology.

The division hosts an annual divisional research day to showcase yearly activity, and recognize trainees and faculty for outstanding achievement in research. 

Additionally, the Department of Surgery regularly has residents enrolled in the well-established and Royal-College accredited Clinician Investigator Program (CIP). Synonymously referred to as the surgeon scientist program (SSP), CIP/SSP is designed for trainees who are focused on an academic career path. This program is two years and thesis-based, with a wide variety of focuses including basic science, clinical epidemiology, education, public health, and health administration research. Dr. Angel Arnaout is our research director.

Simulation Curriculum

The Division of General Surgery boasts a longitudinal and comprehensive simulation curriculum for trainees. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary simulation as junior and senior residents focuses on non-medical expert roles including crisis resource management and communication scenarios. Technical skills simulation training takes place regularly across all five years of training and includes:

  • PGY1 & 2: ex-vivo porcine laparoscopic cholecystectomy and hand-sewn bowel anastomosis, intracorporeal suturing
  • PGY3: cadaver labs (ex. hemicolectomy, thoracotomy)
  • PGY4 & 5: live anesthetized pig labs for full procedures

Application Information 

Applications to our residency program must be made the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CARMS)

Dr. Lara Williams is the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Training Program. 

Dr. Suleena Duhaime is the Site Director for the Montfort Stream of the General Surgery Residency Training Program.

Meet our Residents

Louise Gresham 
Gregory Sigler 
Tyler Lamb 
Julia Younan 
Tori Lenet 
Alicia Rosenzveig 

Adam Fontebasso 
Giuseppe Frenda 
Nadia Khan 
Erika Schmitz 
Chelsea Towaij 
Richard Gilbert

Alexandra Chow 
Jacob Hardy 
Matthew Mosseler 
Tommy Stuleanu 
Jeffery Yates 
Nada Gawad 

Ayse Yilbas 
Vanessa Bruckschwaiger 
Alex Tran 
James Holden 
Aubrey Litvack 
Joseph Sadek 
Melissa Hanson 

Michael D’Elia 
Sean Bennett 
Caitlin Champion 
William Lao 
Matthew Laviolette 
Caitlin Cahill 

Laura Baker 
Heather Smith 
Andre Martel