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As the primary referral centre for a large population in the Hamilton-Brant-Niagara regions and a tertiary level vascular referral centre for many other parts of the province we offer our trainees a tremendous volume of experience that covers all facets (both common and rare) of peripheral vascular disease. We have successfully integrated the activity across two primary sites — the Hamilton General and St Joseph’s Health Care (Charlton) — which both play important and complementary roles in the training program which functions quite well under a single (academic) division, two-site model.

We have established successful relationships with the community-based vascular surgeons and with other services in our hospitals — in particular radiology. The latter has allowed us to significantly advance our endovascular activity and give our residents an experience that would be hard to duplicate in many other programs across the country.

The Beamish Family Chair in Vascular Surgery at McMaster University provides significant financial support for the entire division, including our resident trainees. The fund allows faculty to take sabbaticals to learn and master the latest technology which is then shared with other staff and residents. The chair supports funding for research projects and travel to educational and academic meetings. This is clearly a major asset that will pay both near and long term dividends for our training program.

In recognition of the fact that a quality program is not just about the physicians, it is worth mentioning that we are fortunate to have excellent and committed nurses and allied health staff that play a very significant role in the daily management of our patient population and in particular are a important support and resource for our resident trainees.

This resident manual will provide you the information you need during your residency.



  1. McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education Policies
  2. Vascular Surgery Program Resident Safety Policy
  3. Chief Vascular Surgery Resident Job Description
  4. Vascular Surgery Resident Clinical Rotation Job Description
  5. Goals and Objectives for vascular surgery residents PGY 1-5
  6. Program Vision, Mission and Values
  7. Royal College Objectives in Training in Vascular Surgery
  8. Royal College Specialty training requirements in Vascular Surgery



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