Residency in the Division of General Surgery

Residency Program

Program Director, Residency Training
Dr. Savtaj Brar

Welcome to the University of Toronto’s General Surgery Residency Training Program. The residency training program in General Surgery at the University of Toronto is the largest and perhaps most diverse of its kind in Canada.  Our vision is to ensure excellence in clinical and academic training of our Residents.  We know that we are preparing tomorrow’s leaders in General Surgery. 

Our training Program is home to approximately 100 faculty members, over 6 Fully Affiliated Academic Health Centres, and 5 Affiliated Community Hospitals.  In addition, the Program provides rural training opportunities through the Rural Ontario Medicine Training Program.  We offer outstanding opportunities to engage in research activities; via longitudinal research electives or through the Clinical Investigator Program.  Our faculty members are highly invested in Residency Training and many are opinion leaders in their own subspecialty area of General Surgery.
Under the leadership of Drs. Rutka, (University Department Chair), Levine (Department of Surgery, Post Graduate Director), Swallow (University Division Chair) and Brar (General Surgery, Program Director), the Program provides a rich environment for learning and enquiry. The University of Toronto teaching hospitals provide surgical care for a large urban population as well as patients from a vast catchment area and referral network. This arrangement provides outstanding learning opportunities and a breadth of clinical volume that is unsurpassed almost anywhere in North America.   We warmly invite you to be part of our Program. 

Please contact Ms. Madeline Ng ( or Dr. Sav Brar ( to learn more.


Fully Affiliated Academic Health Centres: 
• Mount Sinai Hospital 
• University Health Network - Toronto General 
• University Health Network - Toronto Western 
• St Michael's Hospital 
• Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
• The Hospital for Sick Children 

Affiliated Community Hospitals: 
• North York General Hospital
• Humber River Regional Hospital 
• Trillium Health Centre 
• St Joseph's Health Care Centre 
• Toronto East General Hospital

Wellness Resources

Program Support

Program Director: Dr. Sav Brar
Wellness Lead: Dr. Tulin Cil
Director of Postgraduate Medical Wellness Office: Dr. Julie Maggi
Director of Learner Experience, Faculty of Medicine: Dr. Reena Pattani


Support Services 


Postgraduate Medical Education Wellness Office 

The Office of Resident Wellness was created to help support the well-being of the University of Toronto’s Post Graduate Medical Education trainees and to offer assistance to those encountering difficulties during training. All currently registered residents and fellows have access to support services such as confidential counseling/psychotherapy and wellness coaching.


Open Monday to Friday. For office hours, appointments and further information, contact:

Tel.: 416 946-3074 | Email:


PARO Helpline (24/7): 1-866-HELP-DOC (1.866.435.7362)

Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program (PHP) 

Open Monday-Friday, 8:45am-5pm. Contact for services and inquiries:

Tel.: 1.800.851.6606 | Email:

Wellness Support Line (24/7 crisis support): 1.800.851.6606

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Wellness Hub 

Wellness Resources for Faculty (and Residents) 

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19 

CPSO Physician Wellness 


Postgraduate Medical Education – Applicants 
R-1 Main Residency Match 
AFMC Student Portal - Application service for visiting electives for all Canadian faculties of medicine.
Services are offered for Canadian and International undergraduate medical students.

Program Description – 2020

CMG Stream

IMG Stream

2020-2021 Toronto - Letter of Reference  (66.86 KB)
Relevant Experience CMG (19.29 KB)
Relevant Experience IMG (19.56 KB)

Goals and Objectives

Information and Policies

Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN)


Residents and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Guidelines

CPSO Supervision Guidelines (see file attached (16)

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)   

Training Verification

Apply for Elective Training


Resident Registration and Administrative Information 


Access Payroll Resources

Call Stipends Resources
Recording On-Call Stipends (224.92 KB)

Policies and Guidelines 


The Latest on COVID-19

Principles: PGME Redeployment for COVID-19

Redeployment of Postgraduate Learners Across University of Toronto Affiliated Sites
Board of Examiners – Postgraduate Medical Education (BOE-PG): Residents In Academic Difficulty (152.99 KB)
Central Assessment Guidelines and Policies (2.44 MB)
Central Safety Guidelines and Policies (1.01 MB)
Central Wellness Guidelines and Policies (5.17 MB)

Immunization and Communicable Disease Policy (87.81 KB) 
Intimidation and Harassment Guidelines (154.44 KB) 
Leaves of Absence and Training Waivers Policy 2015 (109.53 KB) 

General Surgery Residency Training Program   

U of T Safety Abroad
Emergency Preparedness Policy (116.02 KB)
Resident Safety Policy (319.15 KB)

See also CPSO and PGME health and safety guidelines

Dispute Resolution Policy (79.6 KB) 
Handover Policy (102.25 KB) 
Principles of Resident and Fellow Interactions (120.96 KB) 
Visiting Residents Policy (400.45 KB)
Call Pool Resident Agreement (85.69 KB)
PGY5 Study Time Policy 2020 (198.71 KB)
Resident Duty Hours Policy (170.93 KB) 
Religious Observances Policy (79.58 KB) 
Residency Training Vacation Policy (41.3 KB)
Terms of Reference Document Reimbursement of Resident Travel Expenses (47.06 KB) 

Administrative Structure

General Surgery - Residency Program Committee (GS-RPC)


Dr. Savtaj Brar                              Chair; Program Director; Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Shiva Jayaraman                    Associate Program Director, Curriculum; Unity Health Toronto - St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Dr. Preeti Dhar                              Assistant Program Director, University Health Network - Toronto General Hospital
Dr. Peter Stotland                         Assistant Program Director, North York General Hospital
Dr. Danielle Bischof                      Resident Site Coordinator, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Marcus Burnstein                   Resident Site Coordinator, Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Tulin Cil                                    Wellness Lead; Resident Site Coordinator, University Health Network - Princess Margaret Hospital
Dr. Jamie Cyriac                               Resident Site Coordinator, Toronto East Health Network/Michael Garron
Dr. Sayf Gazala                                 Toronto East Health Network/Michael Garron
Dr. Laz Klein                                      Resident Site Coordinator, Humber River Hospital
Dr. Nicole Look Hong                      Resident Site Coordinator, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Ashlie Nadler                              Resident Site Coordinator, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Todd Penner                               Resident Site Coordinator, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital
Dr. Ted Ross                                      Resident Site Coordinator, Women's College Hospital
Dr. Melanie Tsang                           Resident Site Coordinator, Unity Health Toronto - St. Joseph’s Health Centre


Dr. Sachin Doshi                            PGY1
Dr. Kimberley Lam                            PGY1
Dr. Johanna Pinto Lee                      PGY1
Dr. Riordan Azam                             PGY2
Dr. Luckshi Rajendran                     PGY2
Dr. Jordyn Vernon                            PGY2
Dr. May-Anh Nguyen                      PGY3
Dr. Marcus Oosenbrug                   PGY3
Dr. Graham Skelhorne-Gross         PGY3
Dr. Serio Acuna                                PGY4
Dr. Dhruvin Hirpara                         PGY4
Dr. Megan Melland-Smith             PGY4
Dr. Brittany Greene                         PGY5
Dr. Marika Sevigny                          PGY5
Dr. Evangelia Theodosopoulos     PGY5
Dr. Zubair Bayat                               Surgeon Scientist Training Program
Dr. Alexander Gregor                      Surgeon Scientist Training Program 
Dr. Matt Guttman                            Surgeon Scientist Training Program
Dr. Wanda Marini                            Selections Committee Co-Chair

Non-Voting Members

Administrative Support
Madeline Ng                                  Program Coordinator

Ex Officio
Dr. Carol Swallow                         Chair, Division of General Surgery (ex officio)

Dr. Mojdan Hodaie                          Director, Postgraduate Education (ex officio)


General Surgery Competency Committee 



Dr. Preeti Dhar, Chair; Assistant Program Director
Dr. Savtaj Brar, Program Director
Dr. Shiva Jayaraman, Associate Program Director
Dr. Peter Stotland, Assistant Program Director
Dr. Brian Pinchuk, Faculty, North York General Hospital
Dr. Georges Azzie, Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Nicole Look Hong
Dr. Melanie Tsang
Dr. Marcus Burnstein
Dr. Jamie Cyriac
Dr. Tulin Cil

Structure and Organization of the Program

Division of General Surgery, Organization Table (37.25 KB)
University-Affiliated Hospitals - Site Leadership (149.18 KB)
Clinical Faculty by Site (734.83 KB)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Lead, Division of General Surgery: Dr. Erin Kennedy


Resident Handbook: 

Helpful Hints:

Teaching of Intrinsic Roles.pdf (159.63 KB)
Resources for Success.pdf (2.05 MB)

Clinical Faculty by Site and Subspecialty:

Clinical Faculty by Site .pdf (68.06 KB)
Postgraduate Medical Education Office 

Compendium of Surgeon Scientists and Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP) Residents in the Division of General Surgery:

Compendium_2016_2017.pdf (244.57 KB)
Compendium 2014-15.pdf (597.2 KB)
Compendium 2012-13.pdf (532.86 KB)

Library of Clinics:

Library of Clinics 2014-2015- appended.pdf (195.98 KB)
Library of Clinics (2012-2013).pdf (139.99 KB)

OR Dictation Templates:

Lap Chole Dictation.pdf (115.08 KB)
​​​Breast Dictation.pdf (120.19 KB)
Appy Dictation.pdf (115.08 KB)
Inguinal Hernia Dictation.pdf (104.64 KB)
Educational videos, links, and other resources


Evaluation of Resident Performance

Technical Skills and Responsibilities of Junior Trainees:

Technical Skills and Responsibilities of Junior Trainees.pdf (28.84 KB)
Relative Ranking Scale for Technical Skills (28.84 KB)
Final Rotation Evaluation Form June 2015 (28.84 KB)
Resident Colonoscopy Assessment (28.84 KB)

Required Assignments:​

Technical Skills and Responsibilities of Junior Trainees.pdf (28.84 KB)
Mentorship Projects.pdf (12.29 KB)
Res Training Program Exam Schedule 2016-17.pdf (76.33 KB)
General Surgery Residency Training Program - Annual Exam Schedule 2014-2015.pdf (76.33 KB)
General Surgery Residency Training Program - Annual Exam Schedule 2013-2014 (1).pdf (76.33 KB)
General Surgery Residency Training Program - Annual Exam Schedule 2012-2013 (1).pdf (76.33 KB)
General Surgery Residency Training Program - Annual Exam Schedule 2011-2012 (3).pdf (76.33 KB)


PGCorED Performance:

Program Specific Report 2015.pdf (165.43 KB)
Program Specific Report General Surgery - August 24, 2012.pdf (165.43 KB)
Principles of Surgery CanMEDS PGCorEd Content 2011.pdf (344.17 KB)

Evaluation of Consultation Note:
In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs)

Fully Affiliated Academic Health Centres/Core Rotations:​

HSC.pdf (610.55 KB)
MSH Junior Residents.pdf (689.61 KB)
MSH Senior Residents.pdf (735.22 KB)
SMH Junior Residents.pdf (629.37 KB)
SMH Senior Residents.pdf (561.42 KB)
SHSC Junior Resident.pdf (199.61 KB)
SHSC Senior Resident.pdf (197.05 KB)
SHSC Breast and Melanoma ITER 2015 (1).pdf (196.37 KB)
​​​​​​UHN -TWH General Surgery ITER.pdf (102.61 KB)
UHN-TGH Breast & Melanoma ITER.pdf (71.22 KB)
UHN-TGH General Surgery ITER (610.55 KB)
WCH .pdf (156.51 KB)
Research Elective ITER .pdf (63.64 KB)
Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery ITER.pdf (88.75 KB)
GI Endoscopy Rotation.pdf (434.83 KB)
SJHC General Surgery ITER  (610.55 KB)
NYGH General Surgery ITER.pdf (131.47 KB)
Trillium General Surgery ITER (610.55 KB)
Community Surgery Rotation ITER.pdf (131.46 KB)
Vascular Surgery Junior Residents.pdf (61.76 KB)
ICU.pdf (195.44 KB)
Emergency.pdf (22.09 KB)


Guidelines for Promotion (June 2013)

PGY1 - PGY2.pdf (159.74 KB)
PGY2 - PGY3.pdf (204.86 KB)
PGY3 - PGY4 (138.5 KB)
PGY4 - PGY5.pdf (202.08 KB)