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Curriculum & Academics

Clinical Curriculum

A Content of Training  sample structure can be found below. Please note that PGY1 & 2 years can be redistributed with approval from the Program Director.

7 Blocks General Surgery (Thunder Bay/Sudbury)
1 Block Emergency Medicine
2 Blocks endoscopy (Surgery Call)
1 Block Selective (Internal Medicine)
2 Blocks General Surgery (Community)

2 Blocks General Surgery (Community)
2 Blocks Trauma
3 Blocks ICU
3 Blocks Acute Care Surgery/General Surgery (Thunder Bay/Sudbury)
1 Block Research
2 Blocks Thoracic Surgery or Vascular Surgery

LMCC II should be completed in PGY2 Year.

6 Blocks of Selectives/Electives ( should include 2 blocks of Vascular or Thoracic, whichever was not previously scheduled)
2 Blocks Pediatric Surgery (Ottawa)
2 Blocks General Surgery (Community)
3 Blocks Acute Care Surgery

Resident must have passed Surgical Foundations exam prior to progressing on to PGY-4.

13 Blocks in General Surgery or relevant surgical disciplines

  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Transplantation
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Community Surgical Rotation

*Maximum of 4 blocks outside of General Surgery
*Maximum of 4 blocks away from NOSM
*Alternate sites between chiefs

13 Blocks in General Surgery, alternating between Thunder Bay and Sudbury (7 and 6 blocks)


Academics are delivered to the full resident group during three full day sessions which occur every three months throughout the year.  The residents will gather together for these academic days during protected time from clinical duties. Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in PGY1 Core Curriculum events, local community educational rounds, presentations, journal clubs and rounds through a WebEx online classroom

Surgical Foundations

The Surgical Foundations program is delivered to the PGY1 & 2 group on a weekly basis, either face to face or via videoconference if residents are out of town.


All residents are expected to complete and present a minimum of two research projects over the five-year program.

In discussion with the Program Director and Research Coordinator, up to one half-day per week can be set aside as protected time for research.

Research electives can also be arranged.