Dr. Christian Petropolis

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Ellie Wiebe

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.



The residency training program at the University of Manitoba complies with Royal College guidelines for five years of training. The program consists of two core years, followed by three years of clinical plastic surgery. For those residents who complete the program and are interested in Fellowship training, further assistance will be given to ensure that appropriate placement can be made.

A Program Description Booklet and Training Objectives by Rotation (PGY-1 – 5) Syllabus are available, upon request.


Our academic year is divided into 13 periods. The first year resident will complete the following mandatory rotations:



  • 1 period – Gold Surgery (General Surgery/Acute Care)
  • 1 period – Green Surgery (Surgical Oncology)
  • 1 period – Pediatric Surgery
  • 2 periods – Plastics
  • 1 period – Surgical Foundations
  • 1 period – ENT
  • 1 period – Oral Surgery
  • 2 periods – Orthopedic Surgery (one hand & one trauma)
  • 1 period – Research (Plastic Surgery)
  • 1 period – Selective (Radiology/Anesthesia/ICU/Ophthamalogy)
  • 1 period – Vacation



  • 1 period – MICU (St. Boniface)
  • 1 period – SICU (HSC)
  • 1 period – Vascular Surgery
  • 1 period – Microsurgery/Anatomy (near the end of the academic year)
  • 3 periods – Plastic Surgery
  • 2 periods – Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • 4 periods – Junior Trauma Plastic Surgery


Overall:  13 months of Plastic Surgery in the first two years (Plastics, Micro & Research)


PGY-3 to 5

The clinical years of plastic surgery education are split into 3 month rotations, to allow exposure to different attendings and all areas of plastic surgery.


Program Structure

The Section of Plastic Surgery Program is monitored by the Plastic Surgery Residency Program Committee, consisting of staff and residents, that continually monitor the program in both the core and plastic surgery years. Feedback or concerns from residents are received and taken forward to the Section for implementation.


Formal Teaching

  • Surgical Foundations Seminar Series (PGY 1 & 2)
  • TDP (Teaching Development Program PGY 1-5)
  • Thursday afternoon academic half-day (1 hr resident presentation, 1 hr staff/attending presentation OR 1 hr oral exam type round)
  • Wednesday morning hand rounds alternating with St. B Photo Rounds (with quarterly M & M rounds in lieu of)
  • Once monthly anatomy – cadaveric dissections
  • Monthly journal club
  • Alternating monthly (1) Case Presentations of “problem patient” to review clinical examination and management of complex problems
  • Annual Oral Sectional Exam, Annual Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation In-Training Examination, Annual Canadian In-Training Examination for PGY3-5 (Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons), Annual American In-Training Examination for PGY3-5 (American Board of Plastic Surgeons)



We have a Director of Resident Research within the Section of Plastic Surgery. All residents are expected to prepare a research paper yearly for Residents’ Research Day and are encouraged to submit papers for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons – local chapter. Upon approval by the Section, funding for travel is available for PGY1-5’s to present papers at meetings. The Department of Surgery employs a Biostatistical Analyst.  An emphasis is placed on clinical trials research.


Program goals

The primary goal of the University of Manitoba Plastic Surgery Residency Program is to guide all trainees through a comprehensive five year program, whereupon completion, the resident is prepared to practice as a consultant Plastic surgeon, as recognized by the FRCSC designation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


The residency program maintains a desirable teaching environment through a 2:1, or better, teacher to learner ratio, and exposure to teaching faculty with fellowship training in all subspecialties of Plastic Surgery.


The program supports protected time for residents to participate in an organized academic half day, with additional sub speciality teaching sessions.


The program provides opportunity for individual development of trainees, and the ability to achieve excellence rather than competence.  Trainees interested in research inclination can pursue a one year MSc. degree.


The policies and guidelines of the University of Manitoba, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba are honored and upheld by the program.

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General Information

Electives outside of the province or outside of the country can be arranged.

Ratio of residents to staff is 1:1

Very high clinical volume

Engaged teaching staff

Mentorship based rotations

Internet access available

Presentation(s) at the Annual Plastic Surgery Residents’ Day

There are no mandatory rural rotations, but there is a community rotation.

You are required to fulfill ALL of the most current Provincial Criteria for Canadian Medical Graduates for Manitoba

The criteria can be found here.



Additional Information

Winnipeg is a city offering great arts and culture, neighbourhoods, recreational activities for all seasons and spectator sports.

Winnipeg is located in the centre of Canada and offers great accessibility by air and car.  A less than 5 hour direct flight can take you to the beaches of Mexico!

Winnipeg offers competitive taxes, affordable housing, and low utility rates.

For more information on the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba and Ontario Lake of the Woods please visit the websites provided below:

Tourism Winnipeg

Travel Manitoba

Moving to Winnipeg

Living in Winnipeg

Moving to Manitoba

The Forks – Winnipeg’s Meeting Place

Winnipeg Jets NHL Team

Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Team

Winnipeg Goldeyes American Association of Professional Baseball Team

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Winnipeg Jazz Festival

Festival du Voyageur

Beaches of the Southeast Coast of Lake Winnipeg

Ontario Lake of the Woods

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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 Manitoba - Plastic Surgery - Winnipeg.
Updated July 20, 2023 Salary & Benefits effective July 1, 2023.

See also, terms of the contract of the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba (PARIM – ACLS is required for some programs and is provided at the University of Manitoba. View the PARIM contract.

Registration Fee / Tuition Fee
University course registration/tuition fees are paid by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Explore Location

Cityscape of Winnipeg with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the foreground
Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries.