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Program Highlights

The Division of Cardiac Surgery at Western is comprised of seven faculty members who perform an annual total of 1400 adult cardiac surgical procedures at the University Hospital, as well as innovative clinical research.

Our division is a national leader in mitral valve repair surgery, aortic surgery, transplantation, and minimally invasive/robotic cardiac surgery.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery is active in collaborative research and members are very productive academically via peer-reviewed research grants, presentations at national and international meetings and the publication of full-length papers in leading journals. Members of our division conduct pre-clinical research in CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics), within the Lindros Legacy Pavilion at the University Hospital.

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General Information

The program aims to train the next generation of outstanding Cardiac Surgery specialists who are highly competent in the complete range of the specialty, with a strong emphasis on the acquisition of excellent surgical skills. Graduates of the program will be experts in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease and will provide patient care of the highest standards. The program provides in-depth exposure to the full spectrum of adult cardiac surgical disease, including transplantation. The program also instills an appreciation for primary research, cultivates a lifelong desire for ongoing education and self-improvement, and provides the mentorship to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in this field.

 

PGY-1 and PGY-2

The first two core years of the program include exposure to a broad range of clinical experience in cardiac, general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology, including echocardiography and cath lab; and emergency medicine and anesthesia. Rotations are also tailored to the needs of the individual trainee and the requirements for the Principles of Surgery examination.

 

PGY-3 through PGY-6

The third year is an academic enrichment year, where residents can pursue academic, research, or clinical interests related to a specific area of cardiac surgery of their choosing. Residents are generally welcome to use this time to develop expertise in an emerging sub-specialty field, such as transplantation or minimally invasive surgery.

The fourth year generally consists of 12 months of senior non-cardiac surgery rotations including vascular and thoracic surgery.

The fifth year consists of 6 months as a senior resident in adult cardiac surgery and 6 months of pediatric cardiac surgery at Montreal Children’s Hospital in Montreal (McGill University.)
The final year is undertaken as a chief resident in adult cardiac surgery.

 

Research

There are no mandatory research requirements. However, facilities for both clinical and laboratory research are available and trainees are actively encouraged to participate in the research program. Preparation of a Master’s thesis would be the norm for a trainee who wishes to pursue an academic career. Financial support through Divisional internal or external grants can be used to fund such research. Both basic science projects and clinically oriented research have formed the basis for resident research activity.

 

Seminars

These comprise weekly cardiology, cardiac surgery, and cardiopulmonary transplant rounds and monthly mortality and morbidity rounds. During core years a didactic lecture series covering the topics of the POS examination is given weekly. Trainees are free of clinical responsibilities for these lectures and attendance is mandatory. In senior years of training, attendance at national and/or international specialty meetings is encouraged and financial assistance is provided.

 

Training Sites

Adult Cardiac Surgery rotations are performed at University Hospital in London, Ontario. Currently, 1400 adult surgical cases are operated on annually by a faculty consisting presently of seven attending surgeons.

Other rotations are at University Hospital and Victoria Hospital in London and the senior vascular surgery rotation is in Windsor.

Paediatric Cardiac Surgery rotations are in Montreal, although an agreement is also in place for this rotation to occur in Edmonton.

Electronic medical resources are available to the residents in a dedicated Residents’ Office.

International and interprovincial electives are feasible, depending on the interest of the resident. They must be arranged well in advance through the Electives office at the University of Western 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 - Cardiac Surgery - London.
Ontario
Effective October 4th, 2023 
PGY1
$67,044.99
PGY2
$72,804.48
PGY3
$78,190.61
PGY4
$84,712.26
PGY5
$90,073.03
PGY6
$95,190.86
PGY7
$99,836.15
PGY8
$105,844.41
PGY9
$109,734.47
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
No
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
Yes
Extended Health Insurance
Yes
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
1.3%
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
Regular:
$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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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

Muhanad Algadheeb
PGY-6
A small number of residents which means our concerns and aspirations individually and collectively are dealt with easily whether between us as residents or with our faculty and program director. And that number has made it easier for our residents to all be supportive of each other and helped me form lifelong friendships. An exposure to a wide range of cases and a large number of cases throughout my residency which helps inform my decisions about my future career. A trusting and supportive environment; our faculty train us to make decisions and manage our complicated patients early on in residency as well as do procedures with a great balance of independence, supervision and support, as well as trust us in our senior years to help provide that same training to our junior colleuges. The outcomes of the program throughout the years; Our program graduates have all ended up with great careers at world-class centers including our very own center with the faculty hiring their own graduates which speaks to the confidence the faculty have in their training program which makes me always feel privileged to be part of and soon graduating from this program.