Dr. Keegan Au

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Jennifer Moran

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Program Highlights

It is clear that excellent training is available at all Canadian orthopedic surgery residency programs; however, there are a number of aspects of our program that make us stand out.

Our program accepts two – three residents per year and typically has a total of 13-15 residents, making us a relatively small program on the national scale. We have 13 adult and three pediatric surgeons, affording a low resident: faculty ratio and providing plenty of attention and supervision for trainees.

Local faculty experienced and trained in all subspecialty areas of orthopedic surgery, providing current knowledge and comprehensive training. Our trainees complete residency capable of proceeding into community practice.

Opportunity to obtain a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology concurrently within the five years of orthopedic training exists and has been a well-trodden pathway for many of our graduates.

Our program was founded and continues to exist with a strong culture of teamwork, cooperation and collaboration between residents, between faculty and amongst all team members. A prime example of this is Team Broken Earth, which was founded here by one of our faculty members and has grown into an international team of volunteers who work towards sustainable health care in the developing world. We have taken residents on all missions undertaken by Newfoundland teams.

Like residents in other Canadian centres, our residents work hard. But they also experience a healthy work-life balance and we strive to have them emerge from residency not only as competent surgeons, but as resilient individuals who possess the tools to succeed, teach and cooperate through their careers. We host regular events that promote team building and create fond memories of our program that our graduates carry with them through their careers.

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General Information

Our core rotations are based out of one pediatric and two adult hospitals in St. John’s. The three-month community block has classically been completed at distributed sites in Central Newfoundland (Gander) or Western Newfoundland (Corner Brook) where we have solid contacts.

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to some of the friendliest and generous people on earth. Our population is known abroad for its welcoming attitude and hospitality. Residents who have joined us from elsewhere in Canada have received warm welcomes and have enjoyed their time on the island.

Our province is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and rugged beauty. Tourism is alive and well here, as countless have come from all over the globe to experience clean salt-tinged air, picturesque landscapes, coveted history and heritage, world class hiking, and culinary excellence. For more information, visit this site.

The City of St. John’s is widely known as the “Oldest city in North America”. It is a vibrant metropolis of culture, boasting a blend of history, sights, recreation, nightlife and plenty of things to explore. It is both an interesting and a safe place to spend five years of residency 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 Memorial University of Newfoundland - Orthopedic Surgery - St. John's.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Annual Vacation
4 weeks/year
Statutory Holidays
1-1/2x pay or paid day off
Conference Leave
7 days/pd
Frequency of Calls
Excess in-hospital call > 7/28 weekday – $225, weekend – $360; Call stipend – $115 Home call > 7/21 – $75; Call stipend – $57.50
100% reimbursement
Provincial Health Insurance
Contact Medical Care Plan 1-866-449-4459
Extended Health Insurance
Mandatory medical, basic life and AD&D
Cost of examination reimbursed upon successful completion while a PARNL member
Maternity/Paternity Leave
Up to One year
Additional Optional Benefits
100% employee paid
Parking Fees
Sick leave
1 day per month
Resident Student
Full-time status
Meal Allowance
$105 per month
Updated August 3, 2023

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View of the city in the St. John's harbour
St. John's
St. John’s, a city on Newfoundland island off Canada’s Atlantic coast, is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador province. Its harbour was settled by the British in the 1600s. Downtown is known for its colourful row houses. Rich and colourful, rugged and refined, St. John’s is the creative capital, and the beating cultural heart of the province. Woven into our history and tradition is a new wave of art, architecture, music, and cuisine all waiting for you to discover.

Resident Experience

Luke Armstrong
Our program offers excellent exposure to the core areas of Orthopedic Surgery with a focus on early surgical experience and our trainees are known for their technical skill. Our setting is beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, with next-door access to world-class hiking and some of the country’s friendliest people.

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