Postgraduate Education

The University of Ottawa Plastic Surgery Residency Program began in July 2010, and now has 1 PGY1, 2 PGY2, 2 PGY3 and 2 PGY4 residents. Residents are selected on the basis of their academic records, electives, letters of reference and CV. They must have demonstrated an interest in plastic surgery and have at least one reference from a plastic surgeon.

The program is based on two foundation years followed by three Plastic Surgery years.

In the foundations years rotations are selected from plastic surgery, paediatric and adult general surgery, vascular, neurosurgery, paediatric and adult orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, anaesthesia, ICU, internal medicine, dermatology, rheumatology and infectious diseases.

The Surgical Foundations course (PGY1 and 2) is run by Drs. Yvonne Ying (plastic surgery) and Tim Brandys (vascular). Its goal is to prepare residents for the Surgical Foundations exam, which is achieved via a series of lectures and labs utilizing the new Surgical Skills Simulation Lab.

The final three Plastic Surgery years include a burn rotation at Sunnybrook in Toronto, community rotations at Queensway Carleton Hospital, exposure to oculoplastic and oral surgery, as well as a 2 month elective block. There are also opportunities to participate in overseas work in the PGY 4 year.

The predominant teaching hospitals are The Ottawa Hospital (3 campuses – Civic, General and Riverside) and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The teaching faculty includes 10 Ottawa Hospital/CHEO plastic surgeons and 4 at Queensway Carleton.

There are weekly seminars/journal clubs and Wednesday morning teaching rounds. As well there are weekly Hand Rounds on Tuesday afternoons in conjunction with orthopaedics. There is a new Microsurgery Lab in the Surgical Skills lab which runs monthly sessions to teach and maintain skills. Anatomy dissections and fracture workshops are run in conjunction with orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, oral surgery and otolaryngology, speaking to the interdisciplinary collaboration that is one of the strengths of this city.

Research is supported and encouraged. Residents are expected to submit annually to Collins Day and/or Paediatric Research Day. As well, they are encouraged to present at the national meeting and to submit work for publication. Dr. Gloria Rockwell is the research coordinator. All three of our inaugural residents had podium presentations at last year's CSPS/IPRAS meeting.

We also have an active and unique National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons with monthly dinner meetings, including community and academic surgeons from Ottawa, Kingston and Hull-Gatineau (Outaouais). This body has warmly welcomed the residents.

Drs. Peters and Ying organized the inaugural Chief Residents' Review course in February 2009. This has gone on to be a valued annual Ottawa based event, allowing faculty and residents to experience winter in the Nation's Capital, while at the same time preparing for the upcoming exams.

Their rotations are coordinated by Dr. Kirsty Boyd. (

If you have further questions please feel free to contact me directly ( or through our Program Administrator Chantal Tremblay (

Daniel A. Peters MD MBA FRCSC FAAP
Residency Program Director - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor Craniofacial Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery and Telfer School of Management
University of Ottawa
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 10430