Postgraduate Program

The University of Ottawa Plastic Surgery Residency Program offers a comprehensive education in plastic surgery. It provides a strong foundation for any career in plastic surgery or for further fellowship training. The program is 5 years in length and grants enrolment for two residents in each academic year, with a total of 10 residents in the program.

Candidate Selection

All documentation submitted to CaRMS will be considered by the selection committee. Candidates will be ranked on the basis of their academic records, electives, letters of reference and CV. Particular emphasis will be placed on reference letters and an elective experience at our institution. The top candidates will be invited for an interview.

The interview consists of four 20-minute conversations with two members of the selection committee. During each conversation, candidates will be asked a series of standardized questions that are designed to identify a fit between the candidate and the program.

The interview process also provides candidates the opportunity to tour the facilities, including the skills and simulation centre, the rapid access clinic and the operating facilities.

Foundations years (years 1 and 2).

The foundations years consist of rotations selected from general surgery, vascular surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Residents will also have a 12-18 month rotation in plastic surgery.

The formal Surgical Foundations curriculum includes lectures, simulation labs and courses designed to provide residents with the skills necessary to meet criteria for surgical foundations. In addition, it serves as excellent preparation for the foundations examination at the end of the second year. Dr. Yvonne Ying (plastic surgery) coordinates the Surgical Foundations curriculum.

The University of Ottawa has one of Canada’s foremost skills and simulation labs. This lab provides opportunities for low and high fidelity simulation in all areas of surgical practice. Interdisciplinary simulations can be conducted to improve safety and efficiency in the operating room. In addition, models and cadaver dissections allow for the development of surgical skills at an accelerated rate.

Senior plastic surgery years (years 3, 4 and 5).

The training in plastic surgery is designed to instruct residents in all areas of surgical discipline. In addition, residents are encouraged to gain exposure to various types of practice through specific rotations in all areas of plastic surgery. Programs are designed to address each competency and include:

  • Microsurgery
  • Burn surgery
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Nerve surgery
  • Aesthetic surgery

Microsurgery is taught through clinical encounters as well as in a structured microsurgery lab. In the first year, residents are provided with closely supervised training, during which they will progress from operating on model vessels to flap dissection to live animal anastomosis.

Burn surgery – Each resident will spend 2 blocks on the burn unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. During this time the resident will have an immersive exposure to acute burn management and reconstruction.

Paediatric plastic surgery is provided at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. This is one of two paediatric tertiary centres in Ontario and it provides comprehensive exposure to all facets of paediatric plastic surgery.

Nerve Surgery – The University of Ottawa boasts state of the art nerve reconstruction. Dr. Kirsty Boyd performed Canada’s first nerve transfer for spinal cord injury in Ottawa in February of 2015. The program offers strong opportunities for growth in this exciting field.

Aesthetic Surgery – Dr. Howard Silverman oversees fourth and fifth year aesthetic surgery rotations. Residents are introduced to all aspects of cosmetic surgery including practice management and non-surgical aesthetic medicine. Fourth and fifth year residents also participate in a unique educational program to develop their surgical skills. The Division of Plastic Surgery developed the Resident Aesthetic Clinic to provide residents with intensive surgical training in all aspects of aesthetic plastic surgery.

Patients of our Resident Aesthetic Clinic have access to a wide range of economically priced cosmetic surgeries conducted with the highest standard of care and safety. Residents perform surgeries in their final years of training under the supervision of faculty plastic surgeons.

Contact the Program Director

If you have further questions please feel free to contact Dr. Danny Peters directly or the Program Administrator Chantal Tremblay.

Daniel A. Peters MD MBA FRCSC FACS FAAP
Residency Program Director – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Assistant Professor Craniofacial Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Ottawa
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 10430