Dr. Keegan Au
It is clear that excellent training is available at all Canadian orthopedic surgery residency programs; however, there are a number of aspects of our program that make us stand out.
Our program accepts two – three residents per year and typically has a total of 13-15 residents, making us a relatively small program on the national scale. We have 13 adult and three pediatric surgeons, affording a low resident: faculty ratio and providing plenty of attention and supervision for trainees.
Local faculty experienced and trained in all subspecialty areas of orthopedic surgery, providing current knowledge and comprehensive training. Our trainees complete residency capable of proceeding into community practice.
Opportunity to obtain a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology concurrently within the five years of orthopedic training exists and has been a well-trodden pathway for many of our graduates.
Our program was founded and continues to exist with a strong culture of teamwork, cooperation and collaboration between residents, between faculty and amongst all team members. A prime example of this is Team Broken Earth, which was founded here by one of our faculty members and has grown into an international team of volunteers who work towards sustainable health care in the developing world. We have taken residents on all missions undertaken by Newfoundland teams.
Like residents in other Canadian centres, our residents work hard. But they also experience a healthy work-life balance and we strive to have them emerge from residency not only as competent surgeons, but as resilient individuals who possess the tools to succeed, teach and cooperate through their careers. We host regular events that promote team building and create fond memories of our program that our graduates carry with them through their careers.