The Anesthesia residency program at McMaster is unique in its ability to offer a wide range of clinical activity at four acute care hospitals within the setting of a relatively small and intimate residency program. We have approximately 40 residents, 95 Hamilton-based faculty and 95 faculty with adjunct appointments. Residents and faculty have the opportunity to get to know each other very well over the course of 5 years. This “family” feel does not come at the expense of clinical exposure, however, with a full range of busy surgical services servicing Hamilton and the regions from Niagara Falls up to Owen Sound. Our residents are a tight-knit group who are highly collegial and supportive of each other.
The other strengths of our program include:
- a strong simulation program, where residents have frequent opportunities to learn in this environment (not just as “observers”)
- the opportunity to be involved in clerkship teaching, in didactic sessions, simulation and the clinical setting
- strong research infrastructure to support success, both for the resident who is highly interested in research as well as for the resident who is research-phobic
- a finely-tuned academic (curriculum) program, which is tailored to each clinic year; each session is led by expert faculty member with usual ratio 6 learners:1 faculty. Our Curriculum Chair is Dr. DeTina and she works to ensure a balanced curriculum that is responsive to resident feedback.
- call schedule that addresses fatigue-management and is tracked closely to ensure fairness and transparency for all residents. Average call per month is 3 weekend split-call shifts (encompassing no more than 2 weekends) and 2 weekday call for a total of 5 call shifts/month (3 of them being half-shifts)
- clinical exposure to obstetrics and pediatric anesthesia throughout the residency program, rather than just during specific limited rotations
- strong support of exam preparation with biannual program oral exams as well as ample MCQ practice through in-house exams and National in-training examinations. In addition, weekly practice oral session are offered to the PGY 5 group a few months prior to the exams. We have had an excellent pass rate at the Royal College exams over the past few years for both CMG and IMG residents.
- PGY5 residents have a full academic day each week, with formal, organized oral exam training
- full academic day for PGY2’s and PGY4’s (September-June), in addition to the full day that our PGY5’s have throughout the year. This allows for a lot more independent study time for residents throughout residency, not just during the PGY5 year. PGY 1’s have a full academic day in the summer, and subsequent AHD. PGY 3, which is an off-service year, have an AHD (academic half day)
- the opportunity to be involved in international health through our liaison with Uganda- this elective is a 4 week opportunity which is funded by St. Joseph’s Healthcare; as well, a similar collaboration is beginning with the Anesthesia residency program in Guyana.
- superb administrative support from program coordinator, Candice Stroud-Grundy
- experienced, dedicated, and accessible Program Director and Assistant Program Director (Dr’s Reddy and Parrish).
- a dynamic group of dedicated, enthusiastic, and skilled clinical teachers
- highly engaged residency program committee with ample resident representation, that meets monthly. As part of the CBD infrastructure, the Clinical Competence Committee is comprised of strong clinicians with an interest in Residency Education.
- the opportunity to apply to and complete the “Clinical Investigator Program” at McMaster during the Anesthesia residency.
- resident wellness, well-being and support are a serious consideration of the program. We have resident buddies, faculty mentors, a Wellness Director, and an Ombudsman that functions independently of the program, as well as a host of resources offered by the Post Graduate Office.
Hamilton is a “best kept secret” in Southern Ontario, set on the shores of Lake Ontario. A vibrant arts scene as well as abundant hiking and biking trails at your doorstep will help you keep a balanced lifestyle during your residency program. As a city, it has a small town feel and is easy to navigate, while Toronto and its amenities are a short drive or train-ride away. While you are living here, you will get to know the Farmer’s markets (indoor and outdoor); the fabulous concerts at Hamilton Place; the Locke street stores, restaurants and bars; the Dundas Conservation area with its forests, trails and wildlife; and all those waterfalls and more waterfalls!