General Surgery Residency Program

The General Surgery Residency Program at the University of Alberta is a five-year Royal College accredited program with a strong tradition of producing excellent surgeons. With 40 residents and over 60 faculty in the Edmonton area, there is a collegial atmosphere and a clinical volume, which is amongst the highest of all the residency programs in Canada. There is a strong emphasis on research with many opportunities throughout training. Our General Surgeons are committed to teaching and mentorship. There are few programs in North America with such clinical volume, research opportunities, and dedicated teachers.

On July 1, 2020, all new residents will start with assessments by competency by design.  This Royal College-initiated coaching model will provide feedback invaluable for learners and allow progression in training for individuals at their own rate of learning. Vast exposure to General Surgery and all of its sub-specialties are available at the University of Alberta. This includes Hepatobiliary/Transplant Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Breast Surgery Critical Care Medicine, Acute Care Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endoscopy, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery.

General Surgery in Edmonton covers a large catchment area including the City of Edmonton, Northern Alberta, Northern British Columbia, Northern Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. It is an extremely busy operating and clinical experience at four main sites within Edmonton (University, Royal Alexandra, Misericordia and Grey Nuns Hospitals).

The University and Royal Alexandra Hospitals function as trauma centers. The result is an incredible operative volume, clinical experience, and variety of simple and complex cases. There are minimal fellows to compete with General Surgery residents. This allows for an ample amount of learning opportunities.

Our program emphasizes the importance of research.  Residents have presented research outcomes at international conferences and have produced impressive scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Program Highlights

  • Training available in two trauma centres in Edmonton
  • Edmonton-area and rural community hospitals provide outstanding surgical learning opportunities in Community General Surgery
  • Exposure to both community and sub-specialty general surgery
  • Simulation opportunities available with a Royal College accredited Surgical Simulation Program

Why Choose UAlberta for your General Surgery Residency?

  • Large clinical volume with diverse exposure
  • Expert mentorship available for research projects
  • Collegial atmosphere
  • Financial support for the Clinician Investigator Program
  • Funding available to present research outcomes at conferences
  • Graduates ready for immediate independent practice or very competitive for a sub-specialty General Surgery fellowship
  • Academic half days telehealthed to those on rural rotations

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