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​​​​​The Division of Orthopedic Surgery at UHN is proud to continue its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Learn more about our:


Training for Medical Students

The Orthopedic Program at UHN plays a significant role in medical student training. This training is administered through the Wightman-Berris Academy, one of the University of Toronto's 3 Faculty of Medicine academies. The Wightman-Berris Academy serves medical students in each of the 4 years of undergraduate training, as well as students from the disciplines of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech language pathology. To assist health profession trainees and enhance their learning experience in the hospital setting, the academy provides student space at each of 3 designated hospital sites: Toro​​nto General Hospital​, Toronto Western Hospital​​​​​​ and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Year 2
  • Foundations of Medical Practice Tutorials
  • Surgical Seminar
  • Art and Science of Clinical Medicine II
    • Shoulder and Knee
    • Back

Year 3
  • Surgical Skills Sessions
    • Gowning and Gloving
    • Suturing
    • Casting
  • Senior Medical Student Seminars
    • Back Pain/Cervical Pain

Year 4
  • Clerkship Seminars
    • Open Fractures
    • Forefoot Pain

Medical students from outside institutions should contact Cynthia Merey at 416 603 5800 ext. 5267 for more information about elective opportunities in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Toronto Western Hospital.


Orthopedic fellowships available at Toronto Western Hospital are a valuable opportunity for doctors and surgeons to learn and practice advanced surgical techniques and engage in clinical or basic science research in the areas of strength of surgeons Dr. Nizar Mahomed, Dr. J.  Rod Davey, Dr. Darrell J. Ogilvie-Harris, Dr. Johnny Lau, Dr. Christian Veillette, Dr. Khalid Syed and Dr. Rajiv Gandhi.

Fellowships range from 6 to 12 months, and are available in the fields of:


Each fellowship provides advanced training in the area of focus and the opportunity to generate a clinical or basic science research paper during the fellowship. For more information about orthopedic fellowships available at Toronto Western Hospital, please contact Cindy Merey at 416 603 5800 ext. 5267.

Resident Training

We play a significant role in orthopedic resident training. We are 1 of 7 full affiliated academic training hospitals, and we provide both clinical and research training to the majority of the University of Toronto Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.

Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery Residents rotate through the University Hand Program on an elective or compulsory basis. Rotations are 2 to 6 months in length. Residents gain exposure to all facets of hand surgery through clinics, surgical assisting, emergency consultations and on-call coverage. The rotation includes an exposure to general plastic surgery. Rotation-specific objectives help residents achieve their educational objectives. Formal teaching is provided during Hand Educational Sessions every Wednesday morning and Hand Instructional Sessions every Wednesday afternoon, and is also arranged on an individual basis.

Senior Medical Students
Senior medical students are immersed into hand and plastic surgery and participate in clinics. Students see and learn the basics of hand examination and common and traumatic conditions of the hand. The rotation is available on a scheduled and on an elective basis.

Rotation-Specific Objectives
The following documents are intended to guide the resident in some of the specific knowledge and skills they should develop on this rotation. These documents are intended to augment but not replace the "Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements in Orthopedic Surgery" and the "Specific Standards of Accreditation for Residency Programs in Orthopedic Surgery." A copy of these documents is supplied in the residency handbook and is also available on the Royal College website.

The resident is expected to be able to describe the rotation-specific objectives prior to or at the commencement of the rotation.

It is understood that a residency in Orthopedics is a continuum. Senior residents will be able to meet the same objectives as junior residents, as well as the senior objectives.