Dr. Nicholas Desy

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Charmaine Martens

Program Coordinator
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Program Highlights

Comprehensive orthopaedic training program with all subspecialties represented across four adult and one pediatric site

Strong research track record with exposure throughout residency with the Calgary Orthopaedic Resident Research Group (CORR-G) or the pursuit of advanced graduate training with the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP).  

Vibrant orthopaedic community with over 65 teaching faculty and established links to researchers in clinical outcomes, health policy, and musculoskeletal science

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General Information

Established in 1970, the University of Calgary Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program has been providing  exceptional postgraduate surgical education in a supportive academic environment for over 50 years

Fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

A dedicated clinical faculty, exposure to high volumes of sub-specialized orthopaedic surgical care delivery, access to simulation and cadaveric-based training through the Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Lab (ATSSL), an abundance of research opportunities, protected academic half-day and research time, as well as an organized program office combine to create an optimal learning environment for our residents.

Numerous annual social and sporting events held in Calgary and the nearby National Parks and Rocky Mountains make our program unique, collegial, and fun.  It ensures camaraderie among our trainees, faculty, and staff.  It also makes our program one of the most sought after by potential postgraduate trainees in Canada.

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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 - Orthopedic 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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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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