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Surgical Foundations

Introduction to Surgical Foundations

Residents from the following residency programs attend Surgical Foundations one morning a week for academic-half-day.  This for the first two years of residency:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Ob/Gyn

Ophthalmology R1s participate in the research curriculum (SRM) of Surgical Foundations.

Commencing July 2016 SF starts the academic year with a 2-week SF Boot Camp.

The academic-half-day occurs from 9am to 12 noon on Wednesday mornings.  Sessions mainly all take place in the same lecture theater (4E20) at the McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), however various venues are used.  There are either two 1.5-hour sessions or one 3-hour session each morning. See events calendar for more information.

Wednesdays 9am to noon is protected teaching time and residents are to turn their pagers off during these hours.

Sessions take the form of large and small group sessions, workshops or hands-on sessions.  The SF curriculum is comprised of SF type topics, clinical topics, research methodology sessions, and technical skill events.  The schedules can be found in chapter 7 of this manual. Also see Events Calendar.

Lectures and sessions are delivered by Faculty of the Department of Surgery, other Faculty at McMaster University, invited lecturers, fellows (surgical & other), senior residents and the PGY2 residents themselves (Resident-Led Series).

Presentations, where available, are on the McMaster SF website for subsequent review and stored on the same website year over year. SF Live provides video archives of selected presentations within the curriculum for further reference.


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