Dr. Pooja Vasudev

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Program Highlights

McMaster University has a long history of strong residency programs in General Pathology (GP). The program has been adaptable to the changing political landscape in healthcare and is proud to have contributed to the national as well as international cohort of pathologists. Currently there is a national, as well as global, shortage of pathologists, so now is a good time to consider pathology as a career.

Content and Organization of the Program
  • PGY 1 (1 year of clinical rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology, Radiology, Laboratory Medicine and a variety of electives.)
  • PGY 2 – a one month autopsy pathology, routine surgical pathology at 3 Hamilton sites, weekday service duties approx. 1 in 5, weekend call approx. 1 in 8 (home call). Medical Microbiology 2 months, Medical Biochemistry 2 months.
  • PGY 3 General Pathology – 2 months each of clinical chemistry, hematology and microbiology and 6 months of anatomical pathology, molecular pathology 2 months.
  • PGY 4 Anatomical Pathology – forensic pathology (3 months), cytology (2 months), neuropathology (1 month), pediatric pathology (1 month), up to 12 months of electives and/or research.
  • PGY 5 General Pathology — forensic pathology (2 months), cytology (2 months), 4 months each of Clinical Chemistry, Hematology and Microbiology, 6 months elective time, 1 month community hospital.

Each site within the HRLMP has specific areas of expertise; therefore, in PGY years 2 & 3, residents rotate around the sites, gaining a broad experience in GP. Each site has their own specific pathology and pathology/clinical rounds as well as hospital rounds.

Several community hospitals are accredited for core community hospital rotations for research. Waterloo, Barrie and Brantford have been introduced as an elective community hospital rotation site.

Mandatory academic half days are every Wednesday morning. Topics are covered on roughly a two year cycle with approx. once every two months being a critical appraisal session. Residents in their PGY 1 year, join their home programs’ academic half day approximately once per month.

Every 3 months there are multidisciplinary half days on Wednesday afternoon organized by Postgraduate Education, and cover topics of interest to all residents.

Academic and Scholarly Aspects of the Program

Residents are expected to present at the Annual Residents Research Day. PGY 2 residents often work up an interesting case; however in later years they are encouraged to undertake more comprehensive projects.

Evaluation of Resident Performance

At the end of each rotation a standard resident evaluation form will be completed by the rotation supervisor with input from other staff as appropriate. A midterm evaluation is completed by the rotation supervisor. For short rotations, a midterm evaluation may not be feasible and therefore ongoing feedback is provided to the resident. Residents will also complete an exit exam after the rotation.

Research Funding

Residents may apply for research grants, to help support research projects.

Living in Hamilton

Hamilton is uniquely situated in the Golden Horseshoe region – close to Toronto and all of its attractions, yet far enough away from the fast city pace of the big city. Hamilton itself has many cultural activities and events. There is easy access to parks, conservation areas, walking and biking trails. For individuals with families, there are many family orientated communities with good schooling.

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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 McMaster University - General Pathology - Hamilton.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Explore Location

Hamilton cityscape
Hamilton is a Canadian port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment, a huge, forested ridge known locally as “the mountain” and dotted with conservation areas and waterfalls, divides the city. The long-distance Bruce Trail runs along the escarpment. HMCS Haida, a naval warship on the city’s lakefront, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in the south, trace Canada’s military past.