Dr. Ryan Fielding

Program Director

Krista MacAulay

Program Administrator
Application Details

Canadian Medical Graduates

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Events Calendar

Upcoming Events
— Information Session
McMaster General Surgery CaRMS Town Hall - Session #2
— Information Session
McMaster General Surgery Niagara Campus Town Hall Session #2
— Information Session
McMaster General Surgery CaRMS Town Hall - Session #3
Upcoming Events From
McMaster University
— Meet & Greet, Program Director or Assistant Program Director
McMaster Internal Medicine PD Meet and Greet
— Meet & Greet, Social Event
McMaster Neurology Meet & Greet (For Candidates that have been invited to interview)

Program Highlights

Do you want to match to an exciting general surgery residency program and be part of an exceptional team? If so, McMaster University’s Niagara General Surgery Residency Program is the right choice for you. Our program has a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and innovation. As a resident in Niagara, you can expect to learn and work alongside skilled and engaged faculty, providing care in modern facilities while living and enjoying the beautiful communities throughout Niagara. Our focus is on training you to become a confident, competent surgeon after 5 years of training. Your education would be primarily based at a community hospital offering you a unique training perspective. In addition to their core education we support our residents in pursuing fellowship training or research endeavours.

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General Information

The Niagara General Surgery residency program is based at the St. Catharines Site of Niagara Health. The program offers a wide range of clinical activities and experiences within a community setting. The program is home to five residents, one in each year of training with visiting residents throughout the year. Eight faculty in St Catharines run two surgical teams and there are growing faculty numbers throughout Niagara Health. The residents and faculty work closely together and get to know each other well throughout the course of the program. The collegial culture is combined with robust clinical exposures through a full range of busy surgical services. The residents are supportive of each other and remain connected to the Hamilton program throughout their training.

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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 - Niagara.
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

Niagara waterfall and walking path
The Regional Municipality of Niagara in Southern Ontario, Canada, lies on the west side of the Niagara River, between lakes Ontario and Erie. The Canadian section of Niagara Falls, including the dramatic Horseshoe Falls, is its most famous feature. Dozens of wineries along the north’s Wine Route offer tours and tastings featuring icewine as the local specialty

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