Residency Training

Making a difference

Our five-year plastic surgery residency is a busy, comprehensive clinical program, designed to give a thorough understanding of plastic and reconstructive surgery, plus the skills you need to ensure the best possible outcomes and safety for your patients.

During your time as a resident, you’ll participate in:

  • monthly journal clubs
  • weekly seminars
  • teaching rounds
  • specialized hand rounds with our orthopedics division
  • monthly sessions in our microsurgery lab
  • collaborative anatomy dissections and fracture workshops with orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, oral surgery and otolaryngology

How it works

We offer a number of CaRMS-matched positions each year, along with a limited number of self-funded positions. As a successful applicant, you’ll spend time working at the Halifax Infirmary, the IWK Health Centre (Halifax’s hospital for women and children) and the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Throughout the residency, you’ll be assigned to specific attendants for three-month rotations. This mentorship experience, along with selective and elective rotations, will expose you to the full scope of plastic surgery while also allowing you to develop specific interests and skills. Potential rotations include oculoplastics, dermatology, cosmetic surgery and research.

You’ll also provide patient care in:

  • hand surgery
  • microsurgery
  • burn surgery
  • craniomaxillofacial surgery
  • flap surgery
  • pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate surgery
  • breast surgery
  • head and neck surgery
  • reconstructive surgery
  • skin cancer surgery
  • aesthetic surgery

Find out how to apply

Contact us

Plastic surgery educational coordinator
Phone: 902-473-8609
Fax: 902-473-6296

Plastic surgery director of residency
Dr. Margaret Wheelock
Phone: 902-473-1740
Fax: 902-425-2592

Dalhousie Postgraduate Medical Education Office
Phone: 902-494-8321