Dr. Aaron Grant

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Mindy Minka

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Program Highlights

The Plastic Surgery Residency program at Western is a 5-year comprehensive training program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The current Program Director is Dr. Aaron Grant and the Training Program accepts two new residents per year.

The core surgery and specialty training years are centred at the teaching hospitals of Western University (London Health Sciences Centre comprised of University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario) and St. Joseph’s Health Centre.


St. Joseph’s Health Care — Hand and Upper Limb Center (HULC):
  • Trauma/Replants/Reconstruction
  • Brachial plexus
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Aesthetics


University Hospital:
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Skin Cancers / Melanoma Care
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Hand trauma


Victoria Hospital:
  • Breast
  • Lower Limb Reconstruction
  • Craniofacial
  • Pediatrics
  • Aesthetics
  • Burns
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General Information

The first year of residency consists of:

  • Orientation/Plastic Surgery (1 block)
  • Trauma (1 block)
  • General Surgery (2 blocks)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery (2 blocks)
  • Internal Medicine (1 block)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 block)
  • CCTC (2 blocks)
  • ENT (1 block)
  • Electives (2 blocks)

(each block is 4 weeks in length)

The second core surgery year is spent primarily on service at the three hospital sites. All residents complete a dedicated Burns rotation at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and complete at least one research block. A Masters of Surgery is available which includes 5 dedicated Research blocks. Community Plastics is an option for residents who do not wish to pursue their Masters.

The senior years of residency are dedicated to plastic surgery rotations with a 6-week elective in fourth year. Teaching and surgical case exposure is on an incremental basis over the five years, leading to chief resident positions in each of three hospitals for four month rotations in the final year. Various plastic surgery sub-specialty units exist at the three teaching hospitals including craniofacial surgery, burn surgery, micro and hand surgery and aesthetic surgery.

Academic Activities Include:

  • Academic Half Days — Wednesdays
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Annual Resident Research Day with Visiting Professor

Summer Series:

  • Cadaver dissections with staff
  • Synthes courses — AO level, hand and craniofacial alternating
  • Botox clinic

Microsurgery Lab — 2 sessions/year

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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 - Plastic Surgery - 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

Jesse Hackett
Great rapport with staff, consolidation of concepts and skills by rotating around each site every year. Staff lead academic half days.