University of Calgary - General Surgery - Calgary


Program Director

Dr. Ryan Rochon


Program / CaRMS Coordinator

Erin Layton

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Office of Surgical Research (OSR)

The Office of Surgical Research provides members of the Department of Surgery with resources and supports to enhance research initiatives within the department. They offer various operational and salary support grants such as the Calgary Surgical Research Development Fund (CSRDF) as well as the Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP). They can assist with grant writing, ethics submissions, navigating policies, creating research goals, networking within the institution and statistical support. More information can be found at:

Clinical Investigator Program (CIP)

The Clinical Investigator Program is a two-year accredited research program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The program gives residents and fellows the opportunity to pursue a MSc, PhD or Postdoctoral training as part of their training. In addition to salary support, the program offers weekly seminars and an annual research day as well as many added benefits such as software licenses, networking opportunities, peer review and so on. More information can be found at:

Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP)

The Surgeon Scientist Program supports residents within the Department of Surgery to pursue a Masters or PhD while enrolled in surgical training. Funding of $60,000.00/yr is available on a competitive renewal system. Residents interested in pursuing advanced degrees at another institution often benefit from this funding as there is no requirement to pursue their degree at the University of Calgary. More information can be found on this website.

Informal Mentorship

Many residents have completed a Master’s degree or PhD during General Surgery Training. If you have current and specific questions regarding research support and planning please feel free to reach out to Dr. Alysha Keehn who is currently a PGY-3 and PhD student in our program (

Fellowships offered:

  • Hepatobiliary

  • Upper GI and Bariatirics

  • Colorectal

  • Surgical Oncology

  • Endocrine

  • Trauma Surgery

  • Vascular Surgery

  • Thoracics Surgery

Every year the program hosts a “wellness weekend” usually held in Banff, Alberta. The residents meet and engage in a series of sessions on topics of residents’ choice (i.e. family life, leadership, finances as a surgeon, mindfulness, sleep) as well as take part in lots of fun activities such as skiing, skating, and the hotel hot tub!

Calgary is the home of the Calgary Stampede, as well as the Calgary Flames and Stampeders. Downtown is full of restaurants and entertainment for those that want to stay in the city on weekends, and the mountains with all their wonders are a short drive away.

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Calgary is a medium-sized program, with the benefits of both a large and small sized General Surgery residency program. The majority of our core general surgery rotations occur between two main sites (Foothills Medical Centre and Peter Lougheed Centre) promoting close relationships with the staff and fellow residents very well. This helps facilitate mentorship opportunities and support networks. Calgary is a major academic centre with exposure to all general surgery subspecialties with the exception of liver transplant. The Calgary program offers residents opportunities to do community General Surgery rotations within Calgary and peripheral sites such as Lethbridge and Red Deer. Calgary is supportive of research and requires residents to participate in an annual resident research day to highlight their accomplishments. Residents are eligible to apply for formal research programs such as the Clinical Investigator Program and the Surgeon Scientist Program. Graduates of the Calgary program have been successful in obtaining community General Surgery positions directly after residency, as well as in obtaining highly competitive fellowships both within Canada and internationally.

Resident wellness is a priority. Happy and healthy residents are the cornerstone of a successful residency program. The Calgary General Surgery residency training program is a “family” that will support you in becoming a competent and confident General Surgeon!