PROGRAM PROFILE

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University of Calgary - Orthopedic Surgery - Calgary

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Program Director

Dr. Peter Lewkonia

CONTACT

Program Director

Dr. Peter Lewkonia

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Comprehensive orthopaedic training program with all subspecialties represented across four adult and one pediatric site

  • Strong research track record with opportunities to graduate training during residency through the Clinician Investigator Program

  • Vibrant orthopaedic community with over 65 teaching faculty and established links to researchers in clinical outcomes, health policy, and musculoskeletal science


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GENERAL INFORMATION

Established in 1970, the University of Calgary Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program has been providing  exceptional postgraduate surgical education in a supportive academic environment for over 50 years


Fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


A dedicated clinical faculty, exposure to high volumes of sub-specialized orthopaedic surgical care delivery, access to simulation and cadaveric-based training through the Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Lab (ATSSL), an abundance of research opportunities, protected academic half-day and research time, as well as an organized program office combine to create an optimal learning environment for our residents.


Numerous annual social and sporting events held in Calgary and the nearby National Parks and Rocky Mountains make our program unique, collegial, and fun.  It ensures camaraderie among our trainees, faculty, and staff.  It also makes our program one of the most sought after by potential postgraduate trainees in Canada.


FAQ

What are the strengths of the residency training program in Calgary?

Calgary has a comprehensive training program involving all subspecialties within orthopaedic surgery. We are especially proud of our strong research program and have been leaders in lower extremity arthroplasty and trauma surgery nationally and internationally.



What do most residents do after graduating from residency in Calgary?

The majority of our residents go on to fellowship training, and many have started practices in Canada, including Calgary, as well as other cities across the country.


Are there opportunities to do advanced degrees or other research programs in the residency program?


All of our residents are required to participate in research during their training. We also support residents in their second or third years of training to pursue further graduate training in fields such as medical education, clinical, and basic research. Within our program, typically one or two residents each year take advantage of this opportunity.



Do residents in Calgary have any fun?

We are all immensely proud members of the Calgary orthopaedic family, and the culture of working hard and playing hard is part of that membership. Our program includes a combination of structured and less-structured social events throughout the year, and graduates will tell you about the friendships and collegial relationships they forge during their training.