General Surgery

The Division of General Surgery is the largest of the surgical divisions at the University of Alberta. The Division's traditional activities of clinical service, undergraduate teaching, postgraduate teaching and research are carried out at the University Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Grey Nuns Hospital and the Misericordia Hospital.

The full extent of General Surgery is represented across the city including head & neck, breast, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplantation, colorectal, laparoscopic, bariatric and sarcoma surgery.

Medical Students

The objectives of the MD training program are to provide the trainee with a solid grounding in General Surgical principles and the management of sick and complex patients. These goals are achieved through the four-year Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program at the University of Alberta. Years 1 and 2 are pre-clinical years in which the material is presented in a series of system-based course blocks. Each block presents the material in a reasoned progression from basic information to clinical application. Year 3 is a clinical year and includes clinical studies, rotations and electives. Six weeks of year 3 will be spent on a General Surgery rotation at two of the four hospital sites in Edmonton. The structure of the six clinical teaching units ensures that medical students get not only an intense preceptor-based education, but are also intimately involved in the individual hospital General Surgical Service. Year 4 is a clinical year and also includes clinical studies, rotations and electives.

As part of the Division's UGME activities, one or two summer students are engaged annually in addressing research questions based around education issues, research activities in experimental surgery and as well as PhD level research.


The Division continues its proud and strong tradition of both basic and clinical science research. Through its long association with the Surgical Medical Research Institute, the Division continues to provide opportunity for residents in training to achieve MSc in experimental surgery as well as PhD level research. The major focuses of basic science research have been in islet cell transplantation, hepatitis C, small bowel transplantation and neonatal hypoxia. In the clinical arena, research activity has focused on population-based aspects of surgical oncology and medical education.