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The program is primarily based in the three acute care sites in Hamilton. St Joseph's Healthcare and the three sites of the Hamilton Health Sciences (Hamilton General Hospital, Henderson Hospital, and McMaster University Medical Center (Peds Only). Expect to experience all sites during your five-year program.

St. Joseph’s Hospital

CTU Director: Dr Cagla Eskicioglu

St Joseph's Hospital is a located in downtown Hamilton - 50 Charlton St. East

  • 11 General Surgeons
  • Acute Care Services, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Minimal Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endoscopy
  • 3 General Surgery teams

Hamilton General Hospital

CTU Director: Dr. Valerie Francescutti

Hamilton General Hospital is located in the 'eastern' part of Hamilton - 237 Barton St. E

  • Busy Emergency that is trauma oriented
  • 7 General Surgeons
  • Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, General Surgery, Endoscopy
  • 2 General Surgery teams

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

CTU Director: Dr. Ilun Yang

The JHCC is located on the east mountain - 711 Concession Street

  • Acute Care Service, HPB, Colorectal, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Endoscopy
  • 10 General surgeons

 Five Years of Training

General Surgery rotations occur at all four sites. Compulsory exposure is needed to ICU, pediatric surgery and in endoscopy. Other rotations are 'optional'.

Year One

  • 6 blocks of general surgery
  • 2 blocks of internal medicine
  • 1-2 blocks of selective or surgical sub-specialty 
  • 2 blocks of pediatric general surgery
  • 1 block of rookie camp (education sessions)

Year Two

  • 5 blocks of general surgery
  • 2 blocks of acute care surgery
  • 3 blocks of ICU
  • 3 blocks of GI

Year Three

  • Possible Choices: community elective, pathology, vascular surgery, head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery or research
  • 2 blocks of acute care surgery
  • Research (optional) 

Year Four

  • up to 5 blocks of community general surgery
  • 1 block of bariatric surgery
  • 1 block of breast oncology
  • 2 blocks of acute care service
  • Research (optional)

Year Five - The Chief Year

  • 10 blocks general surgery rotations at all 3 sites
  • April to June – Acute Care Service with the ability to prepare for the royal college exams.


Resident In-training evaluations are to be filled out on the MedSIS System after each rotation by the service attending. Residents are required to complete a Faculty Evaluation at the end of each rotation on the MedSIS System. Residents will not be able to retrieve evaluations completed on the MedSIS System until the appropriate Faculty Evaluation is completed. Remember, this is anonymous and is the only way to improve rotations.

Oral Exams

Practice oral exams occure twice a year, December and May, for all residents to test your knowledge as well as 'examineship' i.e. style.

CAGS Exam (Canadian Association of General Surgery)

Occurs in February and tests your knowledge. It’s a good way to see how you're doing.

Surgical Foundations Exam (Formally Principles of Surgery)

This occurs during the second core year during the spring. Must apply for the Preliminary Assessment of Training one year prior to taking the Surgical Foundations exam. Detail can be found on the Royal College site.

Academic Half Day - Attendance Mandatory

General Surgery Grand Rounds JHCC (4th Floor Lecture room) – Wednesdays @ 0730-0830H. Rounds take place September-June

PGY1-2 Surgical Foundations Program - Wednesdays @ 0900-1200H - organized by Dr Nalin Amin and is a two year cycle. These sessions will help in preparation for the Surgical Foundations exam.

PGY3-5 Senior Sessions and Professor Rounds- ​Thursdays @ 0930-1130H at the JHCC site

Research Days

General Surgery Resident Research Days are held annually.

Research Projects

Try to get involved in a project. Talk to your fellow residents, staff or contact your Research Director, Dr. Shawn Forbes, regarding projects and mentors. Remember you need to have completed two research projects as a minimum by the end of your five years.  Objectives will be provided.

Career Review

Personal one-on-one interviews will take place 2 times a year. As always an open door policy is in effect at other times.

Journal Club

Monthly for all levels to start in the fall. Visit the journal_club page for more information.

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