Dr. Savtaj Brar

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Program Highlights

  • Department of Surgery ranked #4 in the World
  • Diverse Resident Body
  • Dedicated and Talented Faculty
  • Leadership in Surgical Education Research and Innovation
  • Highly Engaged Program Leadership
  • Surgeon-Scientist Training Program
  • Surgical Skills Center at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital/Michener Institute and St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Breadth and Depth of Clinical Learning Opportunities
  • 2 Level I Trauma Centers
  • 2 Regional Cancer Centres
  • 4 HPB Centres
  • 4 Bariatric Centres
  • 3 Thoracic Centres
  • North America’s largest transplant program



“I truly could not have asked for a better training experience than at the University of Toronto. I have recently started independent practice as a Colorectal Surgeon, and have had the opportunity to reflect on my residency. Learning from national and international leaders has taught me to think outside of the box, seek and understand the evidence to improve patient care, and recognize the importance and power of multidisciplinary collaboration for our patients. I learned this in a program where the culture is progressive, supportive, diverse, challenging and extremely rewarding. It has given me the skills and knowledge to manage complex surgical patients, as well as a large group of friends and co-residents that I see as a second family, and an expansive professional network to lean on and learn from. I feel fortunate and honored to be a U of T General Surgery graduate, a program that afforded me the opportunities and mentorship that set me up for success.

—Marisa Louridas (2018 Graduate) Staff Colorectal Surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital


“There are two important components to choosing a surgical residency program. First, you need to be confident that the program has the resources and dedication to transform you into a capable surgeon. The second, is that the program has a breadth of surgeons so that you can find the right mentors for you. You will find both of these things at the University of Toronto. Because of this, I was hired for a staff job in the Greater Toronto Area before I even wrote my Royal College and was very grateful for my training when I was performing my first solo trauma splenectomy several weeks after graduating!”

—Sha Ullah (2018 Graduate) Staff General Surgeon at Mackenzie Richmond Hill and Vaughan Hospital

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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 Toronto - General Surgery - Toronto.
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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