Postgraduate Medical Education

The pediatric surgery training program is based at the Montreal Children's Hospital [MCH] of the McGill University Health Centre. It is a two-year residency training program provided to candidates who have completed their training in general surgery at a Royal College of Surgeons of Canada or ACGME-accredited program. All academic faculty involved in the training program are board-certified pediatric surgeons with a passion for surgical education.

The scope of training involves a comprehensive program with exposure to pediatric general and non-cardiac, thoracic surgery (with a particular focus on neonatal and congenital malformation surgery), as well as head and neck, gynecological/genitourinary surgery, trauma, and oncologic surgery. Patients' ages range from the premature to the older adolescent (<18 years). Successful completion of training allows the candidate to sit for the pediatric surgery examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery.

The objectives of training can be found on the web site of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.The first year of training consists of a minimum of 6 months of pediatric general and thoracic surgery as well as mandatory rotations in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU); 1 month each. An additional rotation in Pediatric Urology (1 month) or Pediatric Surgery at HĂ´pital Ste-Justine (1-2 months) can also be organized. The second year of training consists of 12 months of clinical pediatric general and thoracic surgery at the level of chief resident. An optional Royal College accredited 4-week international rotation at Bethany Kids Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, under the strict supervision of a board-certified pediatric surgeon, is available to those who are interested.Requests for further information should be directed to:

Dr. Pramod S. Puligandla, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery
Montreal Children's Hospital, Glen Site
1001 Decarie Boulevard, Room B04.2318
Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3J1
Tel.: (514) 412-4388 or 4497
Fax: (514) 412-4289
E-mail address: pramod.puligandla@mcgill.c

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