Dr. Melissa Chin & Dr. Jonathan Borger

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Lori Dengler

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

With the implementation in 2017 of Competence By Design, a hybrid, outcomes-based approach to training and assessment that is more flexible and adaptable to societal change, our program continues to provide the highest level of innovative medical training nurtured by an interdependent learning environment, and we welcome numerous trainees from other services including the Physician Assistants from the Canadian Forces.

As a result of the dedicated efforts of our consultants and residents, in May 2015 we introduced one of the first Canadian Perioperative Ultrasound rotations. This is now one of the most highly rated rotations in our program.

We continue to develop our administrative structure and evaluate its efficiency. In 2015, we started working on a state of the art electronic database to allow our program leaders to improve communication with trainees, streamline our evaluation process and modernize our time management and scheduling. VENTIS is now functioning effectively as the backbone of our clinical and academic administrative structure.

We offer exceptional leadership at Western in simulation and training in Crisis Resources by highly skilled educators who maintain an unparalleled level of excellence and who are also involved nationally in developing the Canadian Simulation program. Along with the new, state of the art, simulator, we have the structure that will allow us to maintain a meaningful presence in this field.

Our department offers a wide variety of subspecialty training opportunities in anesthesia, with a large case volume which allows us to be among the top Canadian training programs in resident clinical exposure.

In addition, our residents regularly participate in national and international electives, including medical missions, with ongoing support from faculty and departmental leadership.



Our trainees continue to pursue and work on high quality research projects which they have presented at both the national and international level. We are committed to supporting and encouraging resident research and provide administrative and financial support to all residents who are participating in research projects, including in-training Masters degrees.

You can find great information about our CBD program here.

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General Information

Ours is the ideally sized residency with a large enough patient base to provide ample experience in all areas of Anesthesia and research but small enough so the 37 residents and 95 staff all know each other as individuals — no one gets lost in the crowd. We take pride in being a flexible program that works hard to meet each individual trainee’s educational goals.

Our current Program Co-Directors, Dr. Jonathan Borger and Dr. Melissa Chin, are dedicated to upholding the high standard of excellence achieved by the program, balanced with a personal and friendly atmosphere.

RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM START DATE — All programs at Western commence on or about July 1st, 2020, with a mandatory one-day orientation in London, Ontario.

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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 Western University - Anesthesiology - London.
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

Cityscape of London
London is a Canadian city in southwestern Ontario, just north of Lake Erie and the U.S. border. It’s home to the University of Western Ontario. Among the city’s range of museums are Museum London, a showcase for regional art and historical artefacts, and the interactive Children’s Museum. The city centre features numerous parks and greenways along the Thames River.

Resident Experience

Curtis Van Doormaal
Size, flexibility, case mix, collegiality.