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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 (site manual)

CTU Director: Dr Scott Gmora

Admin Support: Mandy Thomson
Office:905-522-1155 x37380

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

Phone # 905- 522-4941 or automated # 905-522-1155

Busy Emergency and also emphasis on minimal access surgery.

Usually 2 chief residents.

9 general surgeons.

Site of :

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular

Hamilton General Hospital (site manual)
CTU Director: Dr. Niv Sne

Admin Support: Rebecca Glasbergen
Office: 905-527-4322 ext. 44665

Hamilton General Hospital is located in the 'eastern' part of Hamilton 237 Barton St. E. Phone: 905-527-0271

Busy Emergency that is trauma oriented.

Usually 3 chief residents.

7 General Surgeons.

Site of: 

  • Orthopedics
  • Trauma Service
  • Plastic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular
  • ICU rotation
  • Burn Unit
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • GI/Endoscopy

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (site manual)
CTU Director: Dr. Ilun Yang

Admin Support: Kristin Cabral  
Office: 905-521-2100 x43850

The JHCC is located on the east mountain at 711 Concession Street 
Phone: 905-389-4411

Acute Care Service, HPB, Colorectal, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Usually 3 chief residents

10 General surgeons

Site of:

  • GI/Endoscopy
  • Orthopedics
McMaster Children's Hospital

McMaster University Medical Center is a Children's Hospital and is located in the west part of Hamilton at 1200 Main St West.

Phone: 905-521-2100
Paging: 905-521-5030

Five Years of Training

General Surgery rotations occur at all four sites. Compulsory exposure is needed to ICU, pediatric surgery and in endoscopy (usually a formal GI rotation). Other rotations are 'optional'.

Year One

  • 6 blocks of general surgery
  • 2 blocks of internal medicine
  • 1-2 blocks of selective or surgical subspecialty 
  • 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
  • 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 - Wednesday AM - Attendance Mandatory

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

PGY1-2 Surgical Foundations Program 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- JHCC 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.

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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