Dr. Elisa Greco

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Michelle Paiva

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Program Highlights

This program is carried out across six teaching sites including the Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Trillium Health Center, Scarborough General Hospital and Humber River Regional Hospital. Open and endovascular training are provided at all sites. We encourage a strong academic focus in our residents who are expected to complete a research project annually for presentation at the vascular surgery residency program annual research day. Residents who enter the Surgeon Scientist Training Program (SSTP) do so after their second year and on completion of their SSTP training re-enter the clinical stream for a final three years.

Beginning PGY1 residents start their training with a central departmental skills boot camp and follow with a vascular surgery specific boot camp. This three week experience allows our residents to make the most of their initial experiences in the operating room. During the first two years residents complete off-service surgical and medical rotations and have an initial experience in the vascular laboratory. Third year residents complete rotations in cardiac surgery as well as further vascular rotations. During the final two years residents are expected to run a vascular service at one of our core sites and receive additional interventional radiology and vascular lab experience.

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General Information

  • The program offers a comprehensive experience in vascular surgery across multiple training sites including community vascular settings
  • This program includes open surgical and endovascular training in standard and advanced endovascular aneurysm repair as well as peripheral vascular interventions
  • Two of the main training sites (UHN and SMH) participate in a regional call coverage program for the Greater Toronto Area which provides a large volume and variety of emergency vascular cases
  • Training in diagnostic vascular ultrasound is a mandatory component of the training
    In addition to elective open and endovascular cases, residents will be exposed to iatrogenic and non-iatrogenic vascular trauma management, paediatiatric vascular trauma, and will be part of a team that provides vascular support to multidisciplinary surgical oncology cases
  • Trainees with an interest in research have the opportunity to pursue a higher level degree in the highly acclaimed Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto (strongly encouraged)
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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 - Vascular 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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