Discipline of Surgery

Surgery Divisions - Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

GS Residency Program

Welcome to the Division of Orthopedic Surgery

About Memorial's Orthopaedic Surgery Program

Orthopaedics is a five year training program which includes a modified basic clinical year that also meets the criteria laid out by Surgical Foundations. The final three years are completed in orthopedic rotations at the Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and the Janeway Child Health Centre. There is also a three month community rotation which can be completed in either Corner Brook or Gander or at an approved community hospital outside the province.

Orthopaedic rotations are completed primarily at the Health Sciences Centre or St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. These sites provide general orthopaedic training; however, each site has subspecialty orientation. Additionally, there are three months of plastic surgery (hand and soft tissue injury focus), three months of neurosurgery (spine focus) and six months of pediatric orthopedics which is completed at the Janeway Child Health Centre.

Quick Facts

There are 18 orthopaedic attendings in our division:

  • Fifteen in St. John’s between the Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Hospital and the Janeway Children’s Hospital.
  • Three at community hospitals in Gander and Corner Brook.

There are between 13 and 14 residents every year.

Residents work in all subspecialties of orthopaedics while on service: trauma, arthroplasty, muscoluskeletal oncology, upper extremity, hand and wrist, foot and ankle, and spine.

We have a small program with enough clinical material to produce a well-rounded surgeon. The small group allows excellent professional relationships to develop; residents are not lost in the crowd.

Residents frequently participate in social, extra-curricular activities and sports outside the hospital together.

Newfoundland offers many opportunities. It's safe, quiet and has many outdoor activities to help a busy resident relax. The cost of living is quite reasonable.

Overall Goal and Mission Statement


Each site has a resident resource/study room with multiple paper and electronic textbooks/resources available.


Residents are expected to actively participate in Resident Research Day each year, with at least two projects completed during their training (under the guidance of a staff person). Our research coordinator is Dr. Andrew Furey.

The program is involved in many trials, both multi-centered and in-house. There is a dedicated orthopaedic research nurse to assist with multiple aspects of a research project. All resources (biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, etc) are available at Memorial for interested residents to do worthwhile research.

In conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering, a biomechanical lab is available on campus.

A resident may also complete a masters in clinical epidemiology while at Memorial. Allowances can be made to help facilitate a student in completing this program during their five year residency.