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

Goals and Objectives

University of Toronto, Department of General Surgery, Residency Training Program Program-wide Goals and Objectives: 

Fully Affiliated Academic Health centres:

Affiliated Community Hospitals:

Off Service Rotations:

Information and Policies

Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery Residency Training  Program Orientation Guides:

Accolades, Honours and Special Events


2015 Postgraduate Research Awards:
Ashton Connor - Edward Christie Stevens Fellowships in Medicine, & the Joseph M. West Family Memorial Fund
David Gomez Jaramillo - Wiliam S. Fenwick Research Fellowship and the Chisholm Memorial Fellowship
Daniel Kagedan - Joseph M. West Family Memorial Fund
- Stephanie Mason - Award Recipient of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth II/Wellesley Surgeon Scholarship in Science and Technology.
James Byrne - Presented his paper "Timing of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Propensity-Matched Cohort Study' at the 2015 Canadian Committee on Trauma - Trauma Association of Canada Resident/Fellow Paper Competition.  It was unanimously chosen the best presentation/work of Region XII.  

Dylan Pannell - CAGS Resident Award for Teaching Excellence
Daniel Abramowitz - Dr. Leo Mahoney Resident Teaching Award
Jonathan Josse - Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy video was created by Jonathan as part of his PGY2 Mentorship project
Elliot Wakeam abstract titled “Barriers and Strategies for Effective Patient Rescue: A qualitative Study of Outliers” accepted for presentation in the 2014 surgical Forum program, it has been selected for an Excellence in Research Award for the category of Quality – Safety and Costs. (July 14, 2014)

- Congratulations to Chethan Sathya who is currently a Fellow in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs. We would like to share a few stories Chethan has written for CBC news and the Toronto Star:
Docs offside on physician-assisted suicide
Why surgeon's skills need testing during training
Ontario bill would extend child welfare services to older youth 


  Congratulations to our 2013 award winners for the "Stevens Norvell

Daniel Kagedan and Josh Ng - in recognition of achieving the second-highest mark nationally on the 2013 Resident in Training CAGS Examination for first-year residents.
Matt Strickland - in recognition of achieving the second-highest mark nationally on the 2013 Resident in Training CAGS Examination for second-year residents. And a special shout out to Matt for winning the national laparascopic suturing competition this year at CAGS.

Special Events:

 -Minister of Health is Resident for a Day at St. Joe's Toronto 
 -The Premier Visits St. Michael's Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Oct. 2012
 -The Premier Visits the Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Sept. 2012 

Social Events


Welcome Reception for PGY1 Residents: Annual Garden Parties:

Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMs) Receptions:


Winter Parties

PGY1 Breakfast with the Division Chair/Program Director:


Gallie Day:


Annual Assembly:

Clinical/Academic and Scholarly Content of the Program

Formal Academic Curriculum - Mandatory

PGY 3-5 Residents Curriculum Schedules:

Other Educational Activities - Invited:

Evaluation of Resident Performance

Technical Skills and Responsibilities of Junior Trainees:



PGCorED Performance:



In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs)

Fully Affiliated Academic Health Centres/Core Rotations:​


Guidelines for Promotion (June 2013)