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McGill University - Vascular Surgery - Montreal

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
Regular Stream for All

Last approved on January 26, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 1 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Jason Bayne
Vascular Surgery 
Glen Campus - MUHC-Royal Victoria Hospital 
1001 Decarie Blvd.,CRC.4208
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, H4A 3J1
(514) 934-1934 ext 37063
vascularresidency.med@mcgill.ca
McGill Vascular Surgery
Follow us on Twitter @McGillVascular

Program Contacts

Kathy Roussis
Program Coordinator
vascularresidency.med@mcgill.ca
514-934-1934 ext.37063


General Instructions

Program application language: Either English or French


Supporting Documentation

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.
Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP must be submitted with each application.
EITHER:

  • A copy of Canadian Birth Certificate or a copy of Certificate of Canadian Citizenship

OR

  • A copy of Permanent Resident Card (copy of both sides of the card) OR a copy of an IMM 5292, IMM 1000, IMM 5688;
    NB: the Permanent Resident card can be expired.

OR

  • A copy of Citizenship Card (copy of both sides of the card)

P.S: the passport is not an acceptable proof of citizenship.

Each year, all candidates applying in a CaRMS match must provide proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status. As of the 2021 R-1 match cycle, CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the citizenship/legal status verification, which is usually completed by Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) offices.

if an applicant has had their citizenship/legal status documentation verified by any of the following organizations for the current R-1 match, the applicant will not be required to assign a proof of citizenship/PR document (as pictured in the screenshot below).

  • Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • British Columbia's Clinical Assessment Program (BC-CAP)
  • Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI)
  • Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMG)

For further information, please check the following link on CaRMS: https://carms.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049869752-What-is-the-citizenship-legal-status-verification-?utm_campaign=714f635f55-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_26_06_54&utm_medium=email&utm_source=2021+PGME+%26+Program+Communique+Recipients&utm_term=0_33cf2d87fd-714f635f55-

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3
Additional documents
Required
Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A brief personal letter is required in which candidates should outline their reasons for seeking training in Vascular Surgery. Some discussion should focus on the interest and motivation to train at McGill University. Outline any future career plans including academic and non-academic goals and interests which apply to your choice.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status/Declaration of medical exemption 

By the DEADLINE of March 7, 2022, at 12:00 (noon) ET, applicants must upload and assign within their CaRMS Online application, one of the following two documents.

  • Proof of adequate protection against COVID-19 (e.g. QR code from a vaccination passport issued by a government authority, or equivalent proof). Acceptable proof is identified within the Directive PDF located on the official Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services website.

OR

  • A completed COVID-19 Declaration of Medical Exemption. By completing this declaration, uploading it, and assigning it to a Québec program, the applicant agrees to provide a copy of their official COVID-19 medical contraindication certificate and/or medical reason to the applicable faculty no later than seven days after match day. This medical contraindication certificate and/or medical reason must be approved by a licenced health professional who is authorized to make a diagnosis as described in the Directive PDF located on the official Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services website and registered in the vaccination register maintained by the Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec.

Additional required IMG documents
Lettre de reconnaissance de l'équivalence du diplôme MD 

For IMGs: In addition to a copy of your Medical Degree, it isnecessary to provide the equivalence letter from the CMQ (Collège des médecins du Québec). Please provide the results of the exams that permitted you to have your medical degree recognized and approved by the CMQ.

MCCQE I (Medical Council of Canada Qualifiying Examination Part 1 and one of the following:

  • MCCQE Part II (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 2)
  • NAC-OSCE - National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

USMLE part I and part II (if available).


Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022


Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022


Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022


Files will be reviewed by the Residency Admissions Committee which comprises of staff and residents. On average, 10-12 candidates will be invited for interview for 1 residency slot.


Interviews

Dates:

  • March 11, 2022
Interviews are usually held in January or February however exceptionally for 2021 interviews will be conducted on March 11th, 2022. The dates are coordinated between the vascular surgery program directors throughout Canada including taking the travel times into consideration. (This year all interviews will be held virtually.)

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Candidates will be invited for interviews that will take place virtually on the Zoom platform as an exception for 2021.  Interviews will be conducted as multiple breakout sessions with smaller groups of interviewers.  Ample time will be alloted for applicants to ask their own questions.  Specifica details of the interview day and its conduct will be sent with formal invitations for interview.

Typically in previous years, in person interviews have been conducted at the McGill University Health Center, Glen Campus - Royal Victoria Hospital as follows: An orientation session combined with Vascular Surgery Teaching Rounds begins a full day of activities. Interviews then take place with all Faculty members as well as current residents/fellows. A brief tour of the facilities at the teaching sites is provided. A reception with all interviewed applicants, faculty members and residents follows the day's activities.

As there are exceptional circumstances for CaRMS 2021, all interviews will be held virtually, including for any local applicants.


Selection Criteria

Selection is based on an aggregate of information from the CaRMS dossier, the interview, letters of reference and other supporting documentation.

Factors considered and favoring a strong application include:

-outstanding academic record

-prior exposure to Vascular Surgery during electives or clinical rotations

-other evidence indicating strong interest in vascular surgery

-clear understanding and insight into the current status of vascular surgery as a surgical specialty

-a perspective on the future of the treatment of vascular disease.

Program goals

The McGill Vascular Surgery Residency Program aims to train excellent clinical and academic vascular surgeons able to provide care to patients with all aspects of vascular disease, and will contribute to the growth and evolvement of the specialty.  In order to do so, graduates of the the program will have excellent clinical knowledge and technical skills.  They will work well in a team and as leaders.  They will have scholary experience and ability.  Finally, they will have all of the humanistic, and professional attributes necessary to provide care to patients, necessary for any physician.

Selection process goals

The Vascular Surgery Residency Program looks for applicants that have the following qualifications:

-Excellent academic record demonstrating success in a learning environment

-Good clinical and technical aptitude demonstrating ability to succeed in a surgical discipline

-Teamwork and leadership abilities demonstrating skill in functioning in a multidisciplinary environment

-Exposure to scholarly activities suggesting an aptitude for success in effective research

-An understanding of the discipline sufficient to have made a commitment to the training process of vascular surgery

-Self-discipline, and a good approach to learning to ensure enhancement of one's own success

-Stress management skills sufficient to address the rigors typical of training

-Professional behaviours to ensure the enhancement of patient care and the training program as a whole

File review process

Review team composition : All attending surgeons, and typically senior residents in the program

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %
Typically we have capacity to offer 10 - 15 interviews.

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Educational qualifications, prior life experiences, work experiences, outside interests
Electives Exposure to vascular surgery and pertinent related disciplines
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Outside interests and experiences
Leadership skills Training or experience in leadership roles
MSPRs An excellent academic undergraduate record
Personal letters Rationale for selection of the discipline, and potential role / contributions within the disicpline
Reference documents Evidence of clinical and technical skills, collegial and collaborative qualities
Research/Publications Evidence of exposure to scholarly activities
Transcripts An excellent academic undergraduate record

Elective criteria

An applicant may still be considered without having completed an elective in vascular surgery provided the applicant's dossier provides other strong supporting documentation indicating a strong interest and commitment to vascular surgery.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :



We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Evidence of ability and past experiences collaborating with others
Collegiality Evidence of collegial behaviors and attitudes
Communication skills Evidence of excellent communication skill
Health advocacy Interest in both positive patient outcomes and also overall patient health.
Interest in the discipline Understanding of the discipline and a rationale for its selection
Interest in the program Familiarity with the program and its specific advantages
Leadership skills Evidence of ability and past experiences in leadership roles
Professionalism Evidence of professional attitudes
Scholarly activities Evidence of ability and past scholarly activity

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:







Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :
   
   
   


Program Highlights

Longstanding, internationally-recognized program with Faculty members having regional, national and international recognition as experts in the field of vascular surgery. 

Large volume peripheral arterial and aortic (abdominal, thoracic and advanced) intervention practice by all faculty members.

Good ties with Interventional Radiology allowing education in endovascular interventions from both surgeons and radiologists. 

Full-time research coordinator and clinical nurse specialist. 

Opportunities are available for residents to interrupt training and pursue an advanced degree (M.Sc.,PhD) through application and admission in the Division of Surgical Research and the McGill University Department of Surgery Surgical Scientist Program. 

Graduates of program currently working in both academic/university teaching hospitals as well as large/small non-academic centers in Canada and the United States. 


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Vascular Surgery has transitioned to Competency Based Medical Education as of July 1, 2021.  Our program curriculum has been adapted to comply well with the Royal College Principles of Competency by Design.  Our residency program committee will be actively engaged to ensure that we can build on our proven track record of excellence in Vascular Surgical training.  Details of our current curriculum plan follow below, and we plan to adhere to similar overarching principles in order ensure that we can continue to capitalize on the success of the past, while continually improving our educational delivery with the latest and most up to date principles moving forward.

Currently:

The first 2 years of residency in the McGill Vascular Surgery Program provides the initial foundational period, which will act as the basis for surgical education. These 2 years will comprise rotations in vascular surgery, surgical subspecialties, critical care and selected medical core specialties relevant to vascular disease. The first 2 years are structured to provide the clinical experience as well as didactic exposure through the McGill Core Surgery Teaching Program to meet the Royal College Objectives of Surgical Foundations Training and to prepare for the Principles of Surgery Examination.

Protected Vascular Surgery Teaching through the Academic half-day is coordinated to involve residents at all PGY levels in the Vascular Surgery Program.

The final 3 years of training are comprised of senior level rotations or enrichments rotations as well as elective or research rotations opportunities.

It is expected that during the Vascular Surgery rotations throughout the 5-year program residents will be provided graded responsibility in clinical care and surgical/endovascular interventions. This graduated responsibility will continue through to the Chief resident rotations in the final year of training, whereupon completing the residency, the resident has acquired consultancy level expertise in vascular surgery and is performing basic and complex surgical/endovascular reconstructions in a supervised but independent manner. This acquisition of surgical competency is assessed throughout the residency via direct observation, feedback from allied health professionals, informal clinical case presentations as well as formal practice oral and written examinations. Successful completion of the residency is judged via the Competency Committee according to the principles of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Competency By Design program.

Clinical Rotations Year 1

 

Rotation

Duration

Location/Notes

Vascular Surgery

4 periods

 

General Surgery

4 periods

 

Cardiac Surgery

2 periods

 

Radiology

1 period

 

Cardiology Consult

1 period

 

Internal Medicine Clinic/Consults

1 period

 

 

 

Clinical Rotations Year 2

 

Rotation

Duration

Location/Notes

Vascular Surgery

4 periods

 

Trauma Surgery

2 periods

 

Critical Care

2 periods

 

Non invasive Vascular Lab

2 periods

 

Thoracic Surgery

2 periods

 

Cardiology Consult Service

1 period

 

 

 

Clinical Rotations Year 3

 

Rotation

Duration

Location/Notes

Vascular Surgery

4 periods

 

General Surgery

2 periods

 

Cardiac Surgery

2 periods

 

Surgery Elective (Vascular, Thoracic, Hepatobiliary, Colorectal, Cardiac)

2 periods

 

Interventional Radiology

2 periods

 

Venous Disease

1 period

 

 

 

Clinical Rotations Year 4

Rotation

Duration

Location/Notes

Vascular Surgery

6 periods

 

Vascular Surgery Elective or research

2 periods

 

Interventional Radiology

3 periods

 

Non invasive Vascular Lab

2 periods

 

 

Clinical Rotations Year 5

 

Rotation

Duration

Location/Notes

Vascular Surgery

10 periods

 

Vascular Surgery Elective or research

3 periods

 


Training Sites

The training program runs primarily out of two Clinical Teaching Units (CTUs) at 2 hospitals. (The Royal Victoria Hospital and the Jewish General Hospital). Both sites have undergone state of the art renovations.  Both sites have exclusive access to hybrid operating suites where the majority of all interventions are performed.  Two Non-invasive Vascular Laboratories are run by vascular surgeons. Residents rotate off service with options at a variety of hospital sites possible, and are exposed to trauma care at a level one trauma center, the Montreal General Hospital.

 


Additional Information

Interested individuals should not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Dr.Jason Bayne at jason.bayne@mcgill.ca, with any further questions regarding the McGill University Vascular Surgery Program.


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