Department of Surgery
School of Medicine Queen's University

Research Days

The William Ersil Resident Research Day

The William Ersil Resident Research Day is an annual event designed specifically to enable Residents from the Department of Surgery to present ongoing clinical and basic science research performed during the year under the supervision of Attending Staff.

Dr. William Ersil obtained his medical degree from Queen's in 1979. He entered the Orthopedic Surgery program at Queen's; sadly he developed malignant disease and died during his second year of residency training. He had an inquisitive mind, and he believed in the value of research.

This day has become the most important single day event in the Department of Surgery, when all Surgical Residents and Attending Staff gather for the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the surgical research activities within the Department. It also provides a forum for surgeons from both with and outside the Queen's community to renew or establish professional and personal liaisons.

Held in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, this educational event is approved as an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (maximum of 6 CPD credits).

Our most recent William Ersil Resident Research Day took place Mon Nov 21, 2016

Dr Gabrielle Gauvin and Dr Laura Snell
Dr Gabrielle Gauvin (left) with Dr Laura Snell (right)

The guest speaker was Dr Laura Snell, a plastic surgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is an active educator of residents and fellows in the areas of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction and microsurgery. Her research interests include the evaluation and management of patient expectations and health-related quality of life in breast reconstruction. She also conducts studies aimed at improving intraoperative microsurgery education using technology and simulation.

Please click here to view the day's Agenda

Congratulations to the following Research Day winners!

The Donald Chow Best Paper in Orthopaedic Surgery - Dr Varun Sharma
"A Study of the Trabecular Bone Density Distribution in the Scapula Relevant to Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty"

Best Paper in General Surgery - Dr Gabrielle Gauvin
"NaviKnife Technology in Breast-Conserving Surgery: A Novel Method Providing Real-Time Feedback Intraoperatively"

Best Poster - Dr Mercedes Pilkington

Best Non-Resident Ortho Paper - Shelby Stanojev
"Effect of patellar tendon strap bracing on the motor performance and biomechanics of healthy adolescent athletes"

The next William Ersil Resident Research Day will take place Monday November 20th, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 285 King St. E

Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, Department of Transplant Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Charles Sorbie Department of Surgery Faculty Research Day

Our most recent Faculty Research Day took place Fri March 31, 2017. Every year, its main objective is to provide participants with an opportunity to enhance surgical research by familiarizing themselves with the research activities of others within the Department of Surgery at Queen’s University as well as provide research mentorship for our surgical residents. 
Guest speakers are invited to review the role of research in surgical education and its influence on industry.

This year's guest speaker was Dr Stephen Archer, Head, Department of Medicine and Program Medical Director, Medicine. He spoke on "The Mighty Mitochondria - New Targets for Treating Human Disease"

Please click here for the day's Agenda

Sorbie Day 2017
Dr John Rudan, Queen's Department of Surgery, 2017

Dr Stephen Archer
Dr Stephen Archer, Guest Speaker, 2017