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Pathway One


Program Director: Dr. John Harlock

Number of Positions: 1 PGY-1 admission per year. In addition, the program will review transfer residents on an ongoing individual basis. If you are interested in applying for a transfer, please contact Andrea Howe.

Duration: 5 years

Hospitals: Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (primarily Hamilton General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare)

Selection Criteria and Application Deadline: Candidates are graded based on their academic records, the curriculum vitae, the CaRMS application, along with the strength of the references. Please refer to the CaRMS website for all requirements and information on application deadlines.

Curriculum Delivery

To Apply: For all Pathway 1 inquiries, please contact:

Andrea Howe

Phone: (905) 521-2100 
Ext. 44453
Fax: (905) 577-1458

Hamilton General Hospital
237 Barton St. East 
Hamilton, Ontario L8L 2X2
8 North - Room 8N-01


These training requirements apply to those who begin training on or after July 1st, 2014.

Five (5) years of approved residency training. Training must incorporate the principle of increasing graded responsibility. This period must include:

1. Two (2) years of foundational training in surgery (please see the Objectives of Surgical Foundations Training). This period must include:

1.1. A minimum of two (2) blocks of critical care

1.2. A minimum of one (1) block that provides initial trauma management (e.g. Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, trauma team, Orthopedic Surgery or Plastic Surgery)

1.3. A minimum of four (4) blocks and a maximum of nine (9) blocks fo Vascular Surgery

1.4. A minimum of one (1) block General Surgery

1.5. A minimum of one (1) block Internal Medicine or one of it's subspeciaties

2. Twenty six (26) blocks of approved residency training in Vascular Surgery, sixteen (16) blocks of which must be at a senior resident position. Senior residency is defined as a period of time during which the resident is regularly entrusted with responsibility for preoperative, operative and post-operative care, including the most difficult problems in Vascular Surgery. The senior resident shall be in charge of a Vascular Surgery service. No other resident must intervene between the senior resident and the attending staff Surgeon.

3. Thirteen (13) blocks of residency selective rotations as approved by the program director and residency training committee, including any combination of the following:

3.1. Vascular Surgery (up to 7 blocks)
3.2. Cardiac Surgery (up to 4 blocks)
3.3. Thoracic Surgery (up to 4 blocks)
3.4. Non-invasive vascular laboratory (up to 4 blocks)
3.5. Vascular radiology (up to 7 blocks)
3.6. Community surgery (up to 4 blocks)
3.7. Research in Vascular Surgery (up to 10 blocks)
3.8. General Surgery (up to 3 blocks)
3.9. Training relevant to the resident’s career goals approved by the program director and residency training committee in advance.

Please refer to: Content and Sequence of Training for PGY-1-5 Vascular Surgery

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