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Chapter 3: Boot Camp

 Updated March 2021*

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, 2021 – July 14th, 2021 (excluding Saturday/Sunday). 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 2021 click July 2021 Boot Camp

New Boot Camp Sessions 2021:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • EPA Triggering - Tips and Tricks
  • Chest Tube, Central Line, Difficult Airway, and Needle Thoracostomy procedures (simulation)*
  • Home Medication Reconciliation*
  • On Call 101: Specialty Specific

*Resident suggestions​


All SF residents are required to complete the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 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.  Additional feedback is gathered by the SF Resident Representative Group and the Annual Survey that takes place in June of each academic year.

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