Areas of Focus at Toronto General Hospital

Toronto General Hospital is a core rotation site for University of Toronto anesthesia residents and resident electives. Residents are challenged by the complexity, acuity, and diversity of our subspecialty cases. Surgical subspecialty experience includes:

  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Major head and neck surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Transplant surgery (including heart, lung, combined heart-lung, liver, pancreas, kidney)
  • Urologic surgery

Residents are evaluated each day in the clinical setting by their supervisor(s), and are encouraged to develop autonomy and skills that will help them on their path toward independent practice.

Resident education includes weekly didactic teaching sessions with specific topics presented over the duration of the six month rotation, weekly simulation sessions, weekly oral exam practice sessions, weekly anesthesia grand rounds and monthly M & M rounds. In addition, journal club rounds are offered periodically.


Areas of Focus at Toronto Western Hospital

Residents gain broad and in-depth exposure to general and regional anesthetic management in the following areas:

  • Ambulatory anesthesia
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Complex neurosurgery and spine surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Post-operative pain management
  • Pre-anesthetic preparation of routine and complex patients

Daily Teaching

An important focus of our postgraduate resident education program is the daily teaching, which consists of:

  • Formal teaching sessions
  • Literature and research reviews
  • Problem-based case discussions​

The entire teaching series has been designed to allow important basic and subspecialty anesthesia lectures to be completed during each resident rotation.

Most of our staff participate in these teaching sessions. To ensure a comprehensive curriculum, we include teaching by our non-physician healthcare colleagues, where appropriate.

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