Dr. Mitchell Bernstein

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Catherine Klempa

Program Coordinator
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Program Highlights

One of the strengths of the Program is the diversity in orthopaedic subspecialties. This includes: orthopaedic spine, musculoskeletal oncology, upper extremity, sports, pediatrics, limb lengthening and limb deformity surgery, joint replacement (arthroplasty) and orthopaedic trauma. Our trainers have access to the provincial Level-1 pediatric and adult trauma centers.

An important feature of our program is that the only Shriners Hospital for Children in Canada is located in Montréal.  The Shriners has a huge referral area within Canada, United States, and the world and offers a unique training in pediatric orthopaedics which includes 2 hospitals, the Shriners Hospital where all elective cases are done and the Montreal Children’s Hospital (level 1 trauma) where all trauma cases are done.  Furthermore, its basic science laboratories and animal facilities located within the hospital further strengthen the leadership role of the Shriners Hospital and the Division of Orthopaedics at McGill University in clinical excellence and cutting edge research in musculoskeletal conditions.

As well, there are numerous research labs located across the Orthopaedic Division which enable residents to be involved in research.

All off service rotations are done in the 1st year. Options to do a Master’s Program/Research is available.

Three elective periods are allotted to each resident during their R3, R4 and R5 years. Residents may also choose to take two years to complete a Master’s of Science in Experimental Surgery if they so desire.

Various social activities are planned throughout the year for the residents to bond and socialize outside of a hospital setting. Events such as seasonal BBQs, weekend retreats and social nights foster a strong sense of collegiality amongst our residents.

All staff in the Division of Orthopaedics are fellowship trained and most have excellent opportunities in clinical and basic science research.

The five MUHC teaching hospitals provide comprehensive exposure to the full diversity of orthopaedic conditions with graded levels of responsibility based on resident level.

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General Information

Quick Facts

  • There are opportunities for inter-provincial and out-of-province electives while training in our program and the Royal COLLEGE.
  • A 2 month community rotation is now mandatory as required by the Royal COLLEGE.
  • The resident-staff ratio is approximately one to one.
  • An electronic library is available to the residents at each hospital centre.
  • Social activities are arranged every 2 months by the Social Representative of the Residents.
  • CanMEDS lectures are instituted in the Academic Half-Day Teaching, in keeping with the Royal COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS.
  • Each Summer, there are weekly anatomy sessions in which the focus is on the relationship between anatomical structures and surgical approaches.
  • We have our very own Orthopaedic Simulation Centre where cadaveric dissections, sawbones, arthroscopy modules, etc. are used to enhance the educational curriculum.
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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for McGill University - Orthopedic Surgery - Montreal.
Gross Annual Resident 1 Salary*
Gross Annual Resident 2 Salary
Gross Annual Resident 3 Salary
Gross Annual Resident 4 Salary
Gross Annual Resident 5 Salary
Gross Annual Resident 6 Salary
Gross Annual Resident 7 Salary
Gross Annual Resident 8 Salary
Call Premium
$607/28 days
Teaching Premium
$240/28 days
Resident Coordinator
Assistant Resident Coordinator
Annual Vacation
20 days/year
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Conference Leave
7 days pd/year
Study Leave
10 days pd/year
Exam Leave
Day (s) of the exam
Wedding Leave
7 days paid + 7 days without pay
Resuscitation Courses and Examination Leave
Day of the course and of the exam, course paid
Leave for Death in Family
From 1 to 5 days depending on the family member
Sick Leave
9.6 days pd / year And reimbursement of days not taken
Leave of Absence Without Pay (exceptional measure)
12 months maximum
Maternity Leave
Provincial Program (RQAP*) and FMRQ **
21 weeks
95 % of salary
Paternity Leave
Provincial Program (RQAP) and FMRQ
1 week, 100% of salary
3 to 5 weeks, 100% of salary
(two options)
Parental Leave (time sharing between parents)
19 to 29 weeks
55 to 75 % of salary
Adoption Leave
29 to 38 weeks
55 to 75 % of salary
½ of doctors’ fee
Free during on-call duty
Provided by the establishment
Quebec Health Insurance Program / RAMQ***
Extended Health Insurance
Dental Plan
Yes, available for a fee
Professional Liability Insurance****(CPMA not applicable)
Yes (free)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Reduced fee
Free during on-call duty
Life Insurance
Superior Financial Programs

Updated September 9, 2022

For more information, consult the FMRQ website.

*RQAP : Régime québécois d’assurance parentale (Maternity, Paternity, Parental and Adoption Leave Provincial Plan)

**FMRQ : Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec (Québec medical residents’ union)

***RAMQ : Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (Québec Health Insurance Plan)

****In Québec, professional liability insurance is entirely assumed by the Direction des assurances du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux (DARSSS)

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