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2021 William Ersil Resident Research Day

Dr. Rebecca Auer

The Department of Surgery at Queen’s University held its 40th Annual William Ersil Resident Research Day with Guest Scholar Dr. Rebecca Auer on Monday November 15, 2021

Read Dr Auer's Biography

Click here to view the Research Day Agenda



Congratulations to the following winners!       

Best General Surgery Paper Winner: Nader Hanna

Best Orthopedic Surgery Paper Winner: Mina Tohidi


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 graduated from Queen's Medical School in 1979 and joined the Department of Surgery as a core surgical resident leading into his Orthopedic Residency Program. In March of 1982, Dr. Ersil was diagnosed with a liposarcoma. He elected to continue with his residency, and persisted with his studies, in the hope of becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon. In his final year of residency, however, the cancer returned and Dr. Ersil died before he could achieve his goal. Until the very last, Dr. Ersil continued to study orthopedics, pouring over books and journals, on the chance that he might live to write his fellowship exams. 

This day, named in his memory, has been an annual event ever since. The day has become the most important single day in the Department of Surgery, when all Surgical Residents and Attending Staff gather to listen to the scientific presentations. It also provides a forum for surgeons from both within 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).