Within the Saskatoon Health Authority, members of the Division of General Surgery are based at each of the three affiliated teaching hospitals, including the Royal University HospitalSaskatoon City Hospital, and St. Paul’s Hospital. The spectrum of clinical practice and interest among Division members includes pediatric surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, general thoracic and esophageal surgery, surgical oncology, hepatobiliary surgery, colorectal surgery, trauma and critical care, and transplant surgery.

The Division supports a postgraduate residency training program, and has a wide range of research interests.

General Surgery Residency Training Program

The education of our residents is the main goal of our Residency Training Program.  Faculty in Saskatoon and Regina participate in teaching and research.   Residents rotate through the Regina General Hospital (Regina), St. Paul’s Hospital, Royal University Hospital (Saskatoon) as have opportunities for elective rotations.  Our Residents are given graduated responsibilities throughout their residency to reach the ultimate goal of becoming a competent Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada General Surgeon.

The goal of our training program is to produce fully trained and competent General Surgeons who are able to:

  1. Successfully pass the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Specialty Examination in General Surgery.
  2. Able to practice at a consultant level in General Surgery.
  3. Have a superior knowledge of General Surgery and other related disciplines.
  4. Obtain exceptional clinical knowledge and operative skills.
  5. Obtain proficiency in General Surgery procedures.
  6. Become a medical expert and scholar.  To act in a professional manner with excellent communication, manager, health advocate and communicator skills. 
  7. Exhibit excellent leadership skills.
  8. Have an excellent understanding of research methodology.

The residency training program in General Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Our trainees have a proud record of success at the qualifying examinations for General Surgery and most have gone on to Fellowships while others have gone directly into practice. We offer the resident a progressively increasing level of clinical responsibility over the 5 year program. The trainee can expect to gain expertise in all major areas of current general surgical practice as outlined in the curriculum below. 

Program Curriculum
Our resident complement is relatively small, but we feel our size is one of our strengths.  Residents work in a very collegial environment and receive a strong operative experience. 

PGY-1 and 2
All residents enter the Surgical Foundations Training Program (under the direction of Drs. K. Kvinlaug and M. Sheridan) and spend rotations in General Surgery (13 blocks), Plastic Surgery, Vascular, Thoracics, ICU, Urology, Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Emergency, Research and Selective. Rotations can be at Royal University Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital or Regina General Hospital.

PGY-3 to 5
The General Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan is based at the Royal University Hospital on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to the Royal University Hospital experience, residents rotate to St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon, and to the Regina General Hospital in Regina. Nearly all faculty have fellowship training, resulting in a very broad experience in the areas of GI surgery, oncology, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, critical care, trauma, head & neck, pediatric surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, transplant surgery, acute care surgery and breast surgery.  Elective time is available in PGY3 and in PGY4 for a total of six months elective time. 

All residents participate actively in research projects and our residents are well represented at national and international meetings.

Residents have the opportunity to spend 3-6 months in a Community Surgery Rotation in one of our four affiliated regional training centers.


Each Resident is required to undertake a research project under faculty direction and will present a paper based on the research during Resident Research Days.

Resident Research Coordinator for the Division of General Surgery is Dr. Gary Groot.

Schedule of Rounds




1:00 - 4:30 pm

Academic Half Day

Socratic Seminar, Cases, Guest Speaker or Career Planning

Radiology, Pathology, Surgery Combined Rounds, Socratic Seminar, Cases

5:00 - 6:00 pm

R5 Exam Prep Seminars

 Friday (3/year)
12:00 pm

CanMEDS Combined Rounds

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Department of Surgery Multidisciplinary Trauma Rounds

(September - March)
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Surgical Foundations Seminars


Dr. J. Shaw
Head, Division of General Surgery
Phone: 306-966-8641
Fax: 306-966-8026

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8

Administrative Assistant
Treena Stephen,
Executive Assistant to the Division Head
Phone: 306-844-1105
Fax: 306-844-1522

Dr. Gavin Beck
Program Director

Dr. Dilip Gill
Associate Program Director

Karen Bader
Program Administrative Assistant
Email: karen.bader@usask.ca

Keri Dewar
Program Administrative Assistant
Email: keri.dewar@usask.ca