University of Manitoba - Plastic Surgery - Winnipeg

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on November 10, 2021

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Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Christian Petropolis
Plastic Surgery 
Room 343 
825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3A 1M3
(204) 787-8823

Program Contacts

Patrick Pangan
Program Administrator
(204) 787-8026

Important Information

The Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation, which is mandatory, will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

 Please note that all applicants to the University of Manitoba residency programs are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with the selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. The scores are discussed during the ranking process.

 Competency Based  Education

To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada. This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.

CBD will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

The Royal College anticipates that all specialty and subspecialty programs in Canada will adopt CBD in gradual phases. All disciplines have been divided into seven cohort groups, each of which will adopt CBD at different times. As our new PGY1s enter training in July, the class of 2026 will be entering into the Foundations phase.

All CBD programs continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees in both CBD and traditional programs will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

For more information, please contact

Return of Service

The following applicants will be required to sign a Return of Service “ROS” contract with the Province of Manitoba. The ROS commitment is commensurate with the length of the training program

  • All IMGs entering all training programs

IMGs already holding a return of service obligation must disclose these obligations at the time of application. IMGs who have undischarged return of service obligations may not be eligible to begin training in a position funded by Manitoba Health.

Such individuals may wish to contact Shared Health at for more information.


General Instructions

Program application language: English

- Electives outside of the province or outside of the country can be arranged.

- Ratio of residents to staff is 1:1

- Very high clinical volume

- Engaged teaching staff

- Mentorship based rotations 

- Internet access available

- Presentation(s) at the Annual Plastic Surgery Residents' Day

- There are no mandatory rural rotations, but there is a community rotation.

You are required to fulfill ALL of the most current Provincial Criteria for Canadian Medical Graduates for Manitoba

The criteria can be found at:

Supporting Documentation

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
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)


Language proficiency
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

Language Proficiency
English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.


  • If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.



  • IMG applicants must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

 Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:

  1. the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation obtained directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required.
  2. their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the countries that have English as a first and native language (see list below)

All other candidates must have taken one of the following:

  • the Academic Version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting.  IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken
  • Occupational English Test – Medicine (OET-Medicine), with a minimum grade of B in each of the four subsets in the same sitting; or
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – General (CELPIP-General) Test, with a minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

List of countries that have English as a first and native language - Countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands - Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

Please note the following:

  • Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Language Proficiency Attestations will not be accepted from the candidate or a third party.
  • Language Proficiency results will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.


Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference are required. Greater emphasis will be placed on letters written by members of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Additional documents
Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A personal letter should state what you feel is of importance about yourself - that makes you a good candidate for Plastic Surgery and why you have chosen Plastic Surgery as your specialty.

Custom Résumé / CV 

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

CASPer exam 

“CASPer™ Test – New for 2019 Match 

All applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration:  A limited number of test dates and times will be available in October. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit take

Please direct any inquiries on the test to<

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Optional - will be reviewed

Copies of the Abstract portion of any papers published in the medical literature should be sent.

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

All applications are reviewed by our Selection Committee. These are ranked and a short list is developed. All applicants are then notified as to whether or not they will be invited to interview.

All applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.



Short listed candidates will be interviewed. The section will contact short-list candidates (we will contact applicants who are not granted an interview).

Please see interview dates below:

March 17, 2021


Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.

Interviews are 15 minutes in length (x 2), conducted by faculty members of the Section of Plastic Surgery, along with a senior and junior resident.

Selection Criteria

The Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba is committed to a fair, equitable and transparent application process. We maintain the right to choose the applicants we feel are the best people for our residency training program. The following criteria will be used as a baseline to determine who will be considered for an interview. However, not all applicants whose files meet our minimum criteria will be offered interviews; only the top candidates who have completed an elective with us will be offered an interview. Please see Plastic Surgery Criteria below.

- Graduate from an accredited medical school.

- Must either be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status.

- Must have a demonstrated interest in the surgical subspecialty to which they have applied.

- Has never had disciplinary action from a medical regulatory authority.

- Not more than 2 years since either medical school graduation or active clinical practice.

- Reference letters must be current (within the last 6 months). Outdated reference letters will not be accepted.

- Demonstrated ability to be organized as evidenced by a complete application that is in accordance with our stated expectations.

Extraneous documents are not needed and may lower your file assessment score.

Program goals

The primary goal of the University of Manitoba Plastic Surgery Residency Program is to guide all trainees through a comprehensive five year program, whereupon completion, the resident is prepared to practice as a consultant Plastic surgeon, as recognized by the FRCSC designation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


The residency program maintains a desirable teaching environment through a 2:1, or better, teacher to learner ratio, and exposure to teaching faculty with fellowship training in all subspecialties of Plastic Surgery.


The program supports protected time for residents to participate in an organized academic half day, with additional sub speciality teaching sessions.


The program provides opportunity for individual development of trainees, and the ability to achieve excellence rather than competence.  Trainees interested in research inclination can pursue a one year MSc. degree.


The policies and guidelines of the University of Manitoba, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba are honored and upheld by the program.

Selection process goals

Successful candidates for the University of Manitoba Plastic Surgery Program should demonstrate a strong interest in Plastic surgery and an understanding of the challenges commonly faced by trainees.


Successful candidates for the program should demonstrate a work ethic suitable for the rigors of a five year surgical residency through other accomplishments outlined in their application or interview.

File review process

Review team composition : The University of Manitoba CaRMS Committee for Plastic Surgery is composed of six faculty, including the Program Director, teaching faculty and 2 residents, including both senior and junior level residents. The CaRMS Committee is supported by our Program Administrator throughout the process.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV General understanding of the applicant
Electives Interest in the discipline
Examinations no additional assessments required
Extra-curricular Commitment to the community and work ethic
Leadership skills Evidence of leadership skills
MSPRs Interpersonal skills
Personal letters Interest in the discipline, work ethic and interpersonal skills
Reference documents Interpersonal skills, professionalism, work ethic
Research/Publications Interest in the discipline
Transcripts Academic performance

Elective criteria

We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.
We prefer applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :

We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Ability to work in a team
Collegiality Interpersonal skills
Communication skills Ability to identify and describe problems
Health advocacy No additional assessment required
Interest in the discipline Level of exposure to and understanding of the discipline
Interest in the program Understanding of features of the program and of the city of Winnipeg
Leadership skills Notable leadership experience
Professionalism Appropriate communication and behaviour
Scholarly activities Research and education experience

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 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.


The residency training program at the University of Manitoba complies with Royal College guidelines for five years of training. The program consists of two core years, followed by three years of clinical plastic surgery. For those residents who complete the program and are interested in Fellowship training, further assistance will be given to ensure that appropriate placement can be made.

A Program Description Booklet and Training Objectives by Rotation (PGY-1 - 5) Syllabus are available, upon request.

Our academic year is divided into 13 periods. The first year resident will complete the following mandatory rotations:


- 2 periods - Gold Surgery (General Surgery/Acute Care)

- 1 period - Green Surgery (Surgical Oncology)

- 1 period - Pediatric Surgery

- 1 period - ENT

- 1 period - Dermatology

- 2 periods - Orthopedic Surgery (one hand & one trauma) 

- 1 period - Vascular Surgery

- 1 period - Research (Plastic Surgery)

- 1 period - Selective (Radiology/Anesthesia/ICU/Ophthamalogy) 

- 1 period - Vacation


- 1 period - MSICU (St. Boniface)

- 1 period - SICU (HSC)

- 1 period - Oral Surgery

- 2 periods - Vascular Surgery 

- 1 period - Microsurgery/Anatomy (near the end of the academic year)

- 7 periods - Plastic Surgery

- 1 period - Vacation

Overall:  10 months of Plastic Surgery in the first two years (Plastics, Micro & Research)

 PGY-3 to 5

The clinical years of plastic surgery education are split into 3 month rotations, to allow exposure to different attendings and all areas of plastic surgery.

Program Structure

The Section of Plastic Surgery Program is monitored by the Plastic Surgery Residency Program Committee, consisting of staff and residents, that continually monitor the program in both the core and plastic surgery years. Feedback or concerns from residents are received and taken forward to the Section for implementation.

Formal Teaching

- Surgical Foundations Seminar Series (PGY 1 & 2)

- TDP (Teaching Development Program PGY 1-5)

- Thursday afternoon academic half-day (1 hr resident presentation, 1 hr staff/attending presentation OR 1 hr oral exam type round)

- Wednesday morning hand rounds alternating with St. B Photo Rounds (with quarterly M & M rounds in lieu of)

- Once monthly anatomy - cadaveric dissections

- Monthly journal club

- Alternating monthly (1) Case Presentations of "problem patient" to review clinical examination and management of complex problems

- Annual Oral Sectional Exam, Annual Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation In-Training Examination, Annual Canadian In-Training Examination for PGY3-5 (Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons), Annual American In-Training Examination for PGY3-5 (American Board of Plastic Surgeons)


We have a Director of Resident Research within the Section of Plastic Surgery. All residents are expected to prepare a research paper yearly for Residents' Research Day and are encouraged to submit papers for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons - local chapter. Upon approval by the Section, funding for travel is available for PGY1-5's to present papers at meetings. The Department of Surgery employs a Biostatistical Analyst.  An emphasis is placed on clinical trials research.

Training Sites


- Health Sciences Centre - General Centre -

- Health Sciences Centre - Children's Centre

- St. Boniface General Hospital -

- Victoria General Hospital -

-Pan Am Clinic -

- Free standing surgery facilities/cosmetic surgery centres (2)


Educational Resources

- Library facilities are available at the Medical College, Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface General Hospital, along with the Section of Plastic Surgery Library

- Microsurgery lab with two microscopes, animal facilities

- Craniofacial plating lab with plastic skulls, miniplates

- Funding is provided to allow attendance at one conference per year in years PGY-1-5. Funding for travel is also made available upon sectional approval for PGY1-5 residents to present at meetings.

- One or two visiting professors of international stature are brought in each year for a full day with the section.

- Resident's lounge with computers

Additional Information

Winnipeg is a city offering great arts and culture, neighbourhoods, recreational activities for all seasons and spectator sports. 

Winnipeg is located in the centre of Canada and offers great accessibility by air and car.  A less than 5 hour direct flight can take you to the beaches of Mexico!

Winnipeg offers competitive taxes, affordable housing, and low utility rates.

For more information on the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba and Ontario Lake of the Woods please visit the websites provided below:


Tourism Winnipeg 

Travel Manitoba

Moving to Winnipeg

Living in Winnipeg

Moving to Manitoba

The Forks - Winnipeg's Meeting Place

Winnipeg Jets NHL Team

Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Team

Winnipeg Goldeyes American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Team

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Winnipeg Jazz Festival

Festival du Voyageur

Beaches of the Southeast Coast of Lake Winnipeg

Ontario Lake of the Woods  

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