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Chapter 3: Boot Camp

 Updated April 2020*

In accordance with the Royal College's Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) program, Competency by Design (CBD), ​Surgical Foundations developed and tested a novel boot camp in July of 2016. This program prepares trainees for residency training and helps them complete the Surgical Foundations Transition to Discipline Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s) prior to commencing clinical work. 

The boot camp was, by all accounts, highly successful. In fact, the McMaster Department of Surgery SF Boot Camp has been an annual event given its continued success and uptake. The next boot camp will be held from July 2nd, 2020 – July 10th, 2020. Feedback from all previous sessions is used to modify and improve the second boot camp, and it will continue to evolve as needs change. 

For a list of Boot Camp sessions taking place in July 2020 click here.


All SF residents are required to complete the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support) courses. These courses are completed following Boot Camp.


At the end of each week of boot camp, residents are given the opportunity to provide feedback online, anonymously to the program coordinator. 

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