Department of Surgery
School of Medicine Queen's University

Overview of General Surgery

The Surgical Foundations program (PGY 1 and 2 years) includes residents from general surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology and OB/Gyne. It consists of a small group of residents, making for a close working relationship. There are periodically Fellows on neurosurgery. There are no Fellows on cardiovascular surgery or plastic surgery services. This allows for direct interaction with staff and an exceptional surgical experience.

In the PGY 1 year residents enjoy six blocks on general surgery (plus one block in Oshawa), two blocks cardiovascular surgery, one block on each neurosurgery, urology, anesthesia and/or radiology, and emergency medicine.

In the PGY 2 year residents enjoy six blocks on general surgery (three blocks in Oshawa), two blocks on each of cardiovascular surgery and plastic surgery, two blocks on ICU, and one block of elective time. Thoracic surgery and Head & Neck surgery are included in one of the general surgical clinical teaching units.

The PGY 3 year is spent in gastroenterology (one block), as well as general surgery (11 blocks Kingston, one block Oshawa).

The PGY 4 year includes community surgery, electives (five blocks), and general surgery (five blocks). The PGY 4 year is very flexible with regard to the five elective blocks.

The Chief Resident year spans April to March. April to June of the PGY 5 year is used for ambulatory clinics, O/P Sx, Pathology and study time!

On Call Duties

During the PGY 1 and 2 years residents do in-house call, no more than one in four nights with post call day relief of duties in accordance with the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO).

During the PGY 3, 4, and 5 years, the call is out of hospital. It is no more than one in three nights with post call day relief of duties in accordance with the PARO agreement. There are limited call responsibilities during the final three blocks of training.

PGY 1 year = n/a
PGY 2 year = one block
PGY 3 year = n/a
PGY 4 year = five blocks