Dr. Han Zhang

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Program Highlights

Since its establishment in 2003, the resident training program has evolved into a program of excellence in didactic, clinical, and surgical teaching in the full-breadth of otolaryngology. Through five academically affiliated tertiary care hospitals, our resident training program serves 2.3 million people in the greater Hamilton area, the surrounding Niagara peninsula, as well as parts of central-south and central-west Ontario. As a result of this complete training, our residents routinely leave the program as highly competent and respected surgeons in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The residency training program is a five-year program with two Ontario Ministry of Health funded residents each year. The first 12 months provide core surgical training and are spent off-service. The remaining 48 months are spent on-service with 3 months of elective time. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons is transitioning to a new competency-based approach called Competence by Design (CBD). Our program welcomed the first cohort of CBD residents in July 2017 and as the first group of programs to transition into CBD, our program has comfortably adapted to the new Royal College standard of Postgraduate medical learning.

Current faculty consists of 11 full-time Otolaryngologists and 12 adjunctive faculties from the surrounding community sites that also provide teaching. The sub-specialty interests of the faculty include otology, neuro-otology, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck surgical oncology, facial plastic and microvascular reconstructive surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and rhinology. Adjunctive appointees to the Department have expertise in head and neck surgical oncology, rhinology, facial plastics, and maxillofacial trauma, vestibular medicine and communicative disorders.

Aside from academic teaching, resident research is a strong component of the training program. Residents are taught the fundamental basics of research and are mandatorily required to be involved in academic research. Completed projects are presented at a Resident Research Day held each fall where prizes are awarded for excellence. As a result of this thorough training, our residents have performed well at national and international meetings across North America.

The Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery resident training program at McMaster University provides complete and thorough surgical training. The strength of the program is our exceptional faculty core supported by adjunctive teachers who combine to not only prepare our residents for the full breath of community Otolaryngology practice but also the foundation to pursue further sub-specialty academic training.

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General Information

Program application language: English

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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 - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck 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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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.