Dr. Ilun Yang

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Program Highlights

The Division of General Surgery is a key component of the Department of Surgery at McMaster University, located in Hamilton, Ontario. There are 30 surgeons in the Division based in Hamilton, as well as surgeons in our affiliated teaching sites in the community. The Division offers full service in all of the sub-specialties of General Surgery (except transplantation) at three acute care sites (Hamilton General Site, Juravinski site and St Joseph’s Healthcare).

The Hamilton General Site houses a Level One Adult Trauma Program servicing Hamilton and the surrounding region, receiving in excess of 500 multiple trauma patients per year. Clinical services for breast and colorectal oncology are distributed at all three sites, with specialized multidisciplinary clinics based at the Juravinski Cancer Centre site. Advanced Hepatobiliary surgery is based at the Juravinski site, while advanced soft tissue oncology is at the St Joseph’s and Juravinski sites. The full breadth of surgical care for Benign Diseases are distributed at all sites. The Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) provides state of the art minimally invasive services, based primarily at St Joseph’s Healthcare. St Joseph’s also hosts the Bariatric Program and is the lead Provincial site for this growing Program. The Division provides comprehensive and high quality support to the busy Hamilton Emergency Departments, inpatient services and outpatient clinics, while also providing tertiary and quaternary care for our region. An important component of clinical care is collaboration with our non-surgical partners in multidisciplinary care. Division members are key members and leaders of Critical Care, and hepatobiliary, colorectal, breast, and sarcoma/melanoma site groups which offer residents of Hamilton and the region timely access to the highest level of care possible.

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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 Surgery - 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.