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Surgical Foundations

Dr Tim Phillips

The Surgical Foundations program works in conjunction with individual surgical specialties to deliver fundamental skills and knowledge to surgical residents with the goal of providing a sound grounding in principles common to all surgical disciplines.  Classically this has occurrs during the first 16 blocks.  Recently Surgical Foundations has adopted and implemented a Competency-Based Medical Education model emphasizing ability and proficiency over a time-based teaching model. Surgical Foundations includes residents from General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs.

All incoming 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.  By September, of their 2nd year the Surgical Foundations residents are eligible to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) Surgical Foundations examination.

Dr. Tim Phillips
Program Director
Surgical Foundations


Please contact Kim Lloyd ( for additional information.