All PGY1 residents attend the Surgical 'Boot Camp' including the Queen's Critical Events Simulation Course, which is a concentrated hands-on course of basic surgical and emergency skills. Throughout the year there is a Surgical Foundations seminar series covering surgical skills and principles. There is a mandatory academic half day common to all Surgical Foundations residents. Topics covered include biomedical ethics, acquisition of teaching skills, research methodology & critical appraisal and others directed towards the LMCC examination. In April of the 2nd Surgical Foundations year, residents are eligible to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) Surgical Foundations examination.
There is a well-structured academic program for residents PGY year 2 to 5. The curriculum follows the Royal College guidelines for training in Orthopedic surgery with a combination of clinical and basic science topics. The academic teaching consists of Weekly Grand Rounds on Wednesday morning and Trauma Rounds on Monday morning, seminars, workshops and weekly service rounds for each CTU that emphasize the principles of orthopaedic surgery each CTU (CTU"A" - Sports & Upper Extremity, "B" - Arthroplasty, "C" - Spine/Peds) has a 1hour seminar on a separate afternoon of the week. Finally a monthly academic day consisting of lectures, anatomy and surgical skills, is held for all residents including PGY1 & 2 surgical foundations residents.