McMaster University - General Surgery - Niagara


Program Director

Dr. Ryan Fielding


Program Coordinator- Niagara

Sara Poole

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Do you want to match to an exciting general surgery residency program and be part of an exceptional team? If so, McMaster University’s Niagara General Surgery Residency Program is the right choice for you. Our program has a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and innovation. As a resident in Niagara, you can expect to learn and work alongside skilled and engaged faculty, providing care in modern facilities while living and enjoying the beautiful communities throughout Niagara. Our focus is on training you to become a confident, competent surgeon after 5 years of training. Your education would be primarily based at a community hospital offering you a unique training perspective. In addition to their core education we support our residents in pursuing fellowship training or research endeavours.

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The Niagara General Surgery residency program is based at the St. Catharines Site of Niagara Health. The program offers a wide range of clinical activities and experiences within a community setting. The program is home to five residents, one in each year of training with visiting residents throughout the year. Eight faculty in St Catharines run two surgical teams and there are growing faculty numbers throughout Niagara Health. The residents and faculty work closely together and get to know each other well throughout the course of the program. The collegial culture is combined with robust clinical exposures through a full range of busy surgical services. The residents are supportive of each other and remain connected to the Hamilton program throughout their training.


How Can I learn more about the program?

You can visit our website and contact our Program Director or Program Coordinator for details.

How can I schedule an elective?

Currently, a moratorium is in place on visiting UG electives throughout all Canadian Medical Schools. However, if you are interested in learning more about the program or connecting with our team, please see our website for contact information.

Am I required to have a vehicle?

We strongly recommend access to a reliable vehicle to travel throughout the Niagara region, as intra-regional public transit is not reliable.

Is extensive travel required?

Depending on the resident schedules and elective choices, residents can expect to travel to the larger centres in the Niagara Region. Chief Residents are expected to spend three blocks in Hamilton in their final year. Throughout residency, some subspecialty rotations such as pediatric surgery or hepatobiliary surgery are only offered in Hamilton. Therefore, residents may choose to commute from a primary residence in Niagara or set up short term alternative accommodations.

Is there an opportunity to teach and perform research?

Yes, the Niagara General Surgery Residency Program is part of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Regional Campus (NRC), located in St. Catharines. The NRC is home to medical students and research staff and opportunities to teach or participate in research and QI projects are plentiful.