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Program Highlights

The McMaster Plastic Surgery Residency Program is a five-year program. The first two years are core surgery years including rotations in plastic surgery, general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, anesthesia, emergency medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, and intensive care. The final three years consist of plastic surgery rotations culminating in a final chief residency year. The rotations are located at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and the Hamilton Health Sciences Hospitals. This includes a rotation in Head and Neck surgery, Cosmetic surgery, an elective block, and a community rotation. Our program serves southwest Ontario with a population of 1.8 million. This allows exposure to all facets of plastic surgery. The teaching faculty staff includes 13 plastic surgeons with all areas of sub-specialty training, including hand surgery, microsurgery, pediatric plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, breast reconstruction and burns. The educational component of the program includes mandatory protected teaching time on Wednesday mornings, with Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds every Wednesday at 7:30-8:30, and Senior Sessions from 9am-12. Program oral exams occur twice yearly every November and March, based on the Royal College format of oral exams. Written exams occur each year with both the American and Canadian in-service exams. The Plastic Surgery Residency Program research productivity has been excellent over the last number of years. Residents present their research at the annual Plastic Surgery Research Day. All faculty are very supportive of research projects with residents, with a high abstract acceptance rate at national and international meetings. All avenues of research are covered, however, there is particular interest in health outcome measures as we are fortunate to have a world-renowned faculty in Health Research Methodology at McMaster. Graduates from our program have gone on to rewarding careers in academia as well as community practice, with fellowship placements in national and international centres of excellence. Education is the biggest strength of the McMaster Plastic Surgery training program. All the faculty have a deep commitment toward resident education. This is borne out by the quality of surgeons that graduate from our program.

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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 - Plastic 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.