Residency Program

Orthopedic Surgery Program at the University of Alberta:

The Orthopaedic Surgery Program at the University of Alberta is a five year program designed to develop a well-rounded Orthopaedic Surgeon who, upon completion, can pursue either a community based Orthopaedic practice or follow up with a sub-specialty practice after further fellowship training. 

Program at a Glance:

 PGY 1 Year– Surgical Foundations

3 Blocks of Orthopaedic Surgery

1 Block of Orthopaedic Pediatrics

2 Blocks of Orthopedics at the RAH

2 Block of General Surgery

1 Block of Internal Medicine

1 Block of Vascular Surgery

1 Block of Emergency Medicine

1 Block of Coronary Care

1 Block of Vacation (taken as one block)

PGY 2 Year

4 Blocks of Arthroplasty Surgery

3 Blocks of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

2 Blocks Orthopaedic Rural Rotation

2 Blocks ICU

1 Block Orthopaedic Surgery at the MIS

1 Block Plastic Surgery

 

PGY 3 Year

3 Blocks of Foot and Ankle Surgery

3 Blocks of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

3 Blocks of Spine Surgery

3 Blocks of Upper Extremity Surgery

1 Block of Hand Elective

 

PGY 4 Year

A 16 week elective is available in the PGY 4 year which can be spent in other centers approved by the Royal College.

 

3 Blocks of Sports Medicine

3 Blocks of Tumor & Reconstruction

4 Blocks of Electives

3 Blocks as Chief Resident

 

PGY 5 Year

Chief residents are involved in the supervision of the Orthopaedic service as well as organizing rounds and academic sessions. Exam preparation sessions are held for all final year residents.

 

3 Blocks Chief UAH site

3 Blocks Chief RAH site

3 Blocks Pediatric Chief UAH

3 Blocks Ambulatory Care

 

Other Academic Activities:

There is a weekly, preceptor led academic half day program which is repeated every two years.  Half Day curriculum includes sessions in the areas of Trauma, Pediatrics, Basic Science and Cold Orthopaedics. 

Our PGY 1 and 2 Residents participate in Orthopaedic Boot Camp as well as sessions in casting, spine halo and sawbones sessions.  Annually, all residents participate in summer anatomy sessions in a cadaver lab.

The Benefits of Our Program:

  • The Program has a 2:1 Faculty to Resident Ratio
  • The Program services a large catchment area with a population of 1.5 Million which creates excellent opportunity for surgical and clinical experiences
  • The Division has a robust research program which residents participate in throughout their residency
  • The Program and Division financially supports the residents through the funding of six Specialty Courses

For Additional information on the Surgical Education Process at the U of A, please see the Office of Surgical Education Webpage.

For more detailed information on the Selection Process, please review the program page on the CaRMS website.

Contact:
Angie Scharfenberger, M.D.
Program Director
2D2.04 Walter Mackenzie Centre
University of Alberta Hospital
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7
Phone: (780) 407-6042
Fax: (780) 407-3283
Email: dopulos@ualberta.ca