Dr. Robert Chan

Program Director

Kim Nicholas

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

We have a strong, supportive, collegial base of preceptors with a staff/resident ratio of 2:1.

Our large catchment area creates excellent opportunities for surgical and clinical experiences.

We have academic sessions specifically focused for our PGY I and 2 residents and a curriculum that rotates every 2 years, so every aspect is covered twice at both the junior and senior levels. 

We have a robust research program supported by our preceptors and two research directors.

Residents work in two trauma sites and three community hospitals with a wide variety of health-care professionals.

We offer program and divisional financial support for courses and conferences throughout the residency.

Our residents work hard, and when they sit exams they are based on actual cases they have done, not just what they’ve read in a textbook.

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General Information

Edmonton is a great place to live, with easy commutes and safe neighborhoods, excellent schools and outstanding community resources. The city offers a rich cultural environment with established entertainment, arts and sports venues.

Boasting Canada’s largest urban park system, there is easy access to many outdoor recreational activities, all within the city limits. The North Saskatchewan River Valley has 160km of multi-use trails to explore by foot, bike, canoe, ski, snowshoe and even Segway.  Hiking downtown along the North Saskatchewan, it’s hard to believe you are in the middle of a city that is home to 1.5million people. 

Edmonton is also a short drive to many of Canada’s provincial and national parks for year-round activities. Escape the city and take a 35 minute drive/day trip  to Elk Island National Park, the perfect place to hike, snowshoe, camp, canoe, stargaze, and of course see wildlife including free roaming bison. 

Getting to the Canadian Rockies for access to world class ski and snowboarding opportunities is only a 3-4 hr drive away, with many ski tour companies offering day trips. 

It goes without saying that Edmonton’s sports scene is tough to beat. With a huge variety of sports that are played and enjoyed here, along with our professional sports teams and die-hard fans, there is always a game on.  The ICE District is located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, now considered one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. It’s a 25-acre development combining condos, a public plaza, sports, entertainment. It’s much more than a state-of-the-art arena. In Edmonton, you’ll find everything from big-name retailers to local boutiques – not to mention North America’s largest shopping and entertainment centre, West Edmonton Mall.


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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 University of Alberta - Orthopedic Surgery - Edmonton.
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Educational Leave
14 days paid leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks/yr
Call Stipends
Weekday in-house – $118.02
Weekend in-house / holiday – $178.72
Weekday home call – $59.01
Weekend home call / holiday – $89.35
Frequency of Calls
In-house call: 7/28. 2/4 weekend call.
Home call: 9/28. 2/4 weekend call
**A Resident scheduled on Home call but who is required to work more than four hours in hospital during the call period, of which more than one full hour is past 12:00 a.m. and before 6:00 a.m., or more than six (6) hours in hospital during the call period, shall be remunerated at the rate for In-House call.$100 per day for each scheduled weekend day of patient rounds when not on-call
Practice Stipend
Extended Health Insurance
75% premium paid $1000 per year Flexible Spending Account*
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
75% premium paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Life Insurance
100% towards $150,000 coverage
Life Support Course Costs (Program Approved)
100% paid
Long-Term Disability Insurance
100% paid for 75% gross income
Statutory Holidays
Paid days. Additional days off are given if resident works the day before and part of a named holiday.
Parental Leave
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits; 52 weeks (inclusive of Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leaves) – unpaid leave
Sick leave
Up to 3 months or to end contract paid leave, whichever occurs first
Maternity Leave
18 weeks total (17 weeks paid to match 90% of salary when combined with EI)

Updated September 9, 2022

Resident Physicians shall advance to the next pay level upon completion of twelve (12) months of service at each level. (PARA Agreement – Article 35)

*Terms of Agreement July 1, 2018 – December 30, 2021

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Explore Location

Walterdale bridge in Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is situated on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region.

Resident Experience

Abdul Abuhaimed
High volume of cases. Respectful environment. Excellent surgical exposure and teaching.

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