Dr Maher Matar

Program Director

Abby Salman

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

The General Surgery Program at the University of Ottawa is ideal for those interested in either an academic career or a community practice.

We have a state of the art Skills and Simulation Centre that provides excellent training in laparoscopic and open techniques as well as team based training.

We offer a comprehensive Surgical Scientist Program (SSP) for those interested in academic surgery. We also provide excellent opportunities to obtain first hand general surgery experience within a community setting at one of our partnering hospitals.

The Ottawa Hospital serves a population of 1.3 million people in Eastern Ontario. We are a hospital with 1202 beds with a very large volume of both benign and cancer general surgery diagnoses. We are the second largest cancer center in the country and perform over 50,000 surgical cases per year. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the 5th overall hospital for research funding in Canada. There are a variety of graduate programs available to residents in our training program in the following domains: Basic Science Research, Clinical Epidemiology, Health Administration, Education, and Public Health etc. Residents are supported by the Ottawa Hospital Research Methods Center which helps in Clinical Design, Biostatistics and Economic analysis etc.

The city of Ottawa is beautiful with large parks, bicycle paths, and green space. As the capital city of Canada we are home to many museums, cultural and sporting events such as Winterlude, National Capital Race Weekend, Parliament Buildings, and the biggest July 1st celebration in the country.

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General Information

All candidates must meet the Ontario Criteria of Eligibility.

For a full description of our program please visit our website

All candidates must submit their CV, a Personal Letter and 3 Letters of Reference

UOttawa General Surgery page

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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 Ottawa - General Surgery - Ottawa.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Explore Location

Ottawa parliament buildings from the river
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, in the east of southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter.