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Office of Surgical Research (OSR)

The Office of Surgical Research provides members of the Department of Surgery with resources and supports to enhance research initiatives within the department. They offer various operational and salary support grants such as the Calgary Surgical Research Development Fund (CSRDF) as well as the Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP). They can assist with grant writing, ethics submissions, navigating policies, creating research goals, networking within the institution and statistical support. More information can be found at:


Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)

The Clinical Investigator Program is a two-year accredited research program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The program gives residents and fellows the opportunity to pursue a MSc, PhD or Postdoctoral training as part of their training. In addition to salary support, the program offers weekly seminars and an annual research day as well as many added benefits such as software licenses, networking opportunities, peer review and so on. More information can be found at:


Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP)

The Surgeon Scientist Program supports residents within the Department of Surgery to pursue a Masters or PhD while enrolled in surgical training. Funding of $60,000.00/yr is available on a competitive renewal system. Residents interested in pursuing advanced degrees at another institution often benefit from this funding as there is no requirement to pursue their degree at the University of Calgary. More information can be found on this website.


Informal Mentorship

Many residents have completed a Master’s degree or PhD during General Surgery Training. If you have current and specific questions regarding research support and planning please feel free to reach out to Dr. Alysha Keehn who is currently a PGY-3 and PhD student in our program.


Fellowships offered:
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Upper GI and Bariatirics
  • Colorectal
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Thoracics Surgery


Every year the program hosts a “wellness weekend” usually held in Banff, Alberta. The residents meet and engage in a series of sessions on topics of residents’ choice (i.e. family life, leadership, finances as a surgeon, mindfulness, sleep) as well as take part in lots of fun activities such as skiing, skating, and the hotel hot tub!

Calgary is the home of the Calgary Stampede, as well as the Calgary Flames and Stampeders. Downtown is full of restaurants and entertainment for those that want to stay in the city on weekends, and the mountains with all their wonders are a short drive away.

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General Information

Calgary is a medium-sized program, with the benefits of both a large and small sized General Surgery residency program. The majority of our core general surgery rotations occur between two main sites (Foothills Medical Centre and Peter Lougheed Centre) promoting close relationships with the staff and fellow residents very well. This helps facilitate mentorship opportunities and support networks. Calgary is a major academic centre with exposure to all general surgery subspecialties with the exception of liver transplant. The Calgary program offers residents opportunities to do community General Surgery rotations within Calgary and peripheral sites such as Lethbridge and Red Deer. Calgary is supportive of research and requires residents to participate in an annual resident research day to highlight their accomplishments. Residents are eligible to apply for formal research programs such as the Clinical Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program. Graduates of the Calgary program have been successful in obtaining community General Surgery positions directly after residency, as well as in obtaining highly competitive fellowships both within Canada and internationally.

Resident wellness is a priority. Happy and healthy residents are the cornerstone of a successful residency program. The Calgary General Surgery residency training program is a “family” that will support you in becoming a competent and confident General Surgeon!

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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 Calgary - General Surgery - Calgary.
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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

Aerial view of Calgary walking bridge
Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owes its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry. However, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of the farming exhibitions once presented here.

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