There are 3-4 preceptors. They all have OR days and run clinics.
Teaching to Service ratioEdit
I was the only resident on the rotation. The teaching was excellent.
Typically they will see adults. Paediatric surgery goes to London, although adolscent emergent cases will be done (ex. appendectomy).
Absolutely make sure you check out the Stratford Festival. Take in a play and explore the town. There are many good restaurants around as well. Recruitment activities take place in town as well and there are opportunities to meet with the FHT organizers if you want. Some of the family doctors are looking to retire soon.
Yes, there are accommodations available in the old nurses' residence beside the hospital. They provide you a full kitchen, washroom, linens, Internet and TV. There is no air conditioning, but I used a fan in the summer and it was alright. There is coin laundry in the building as well. Apartments are generally clean (cleaning every Wednesday). Built in 1960s and some furnishings are definitely from that era.
Week in the Life of...Edit
What does a typical work week look like on this rotation? Edit
The days can be spent partially or fully in clinics, the OR or both. There are opportunities to do clinics in nearby Exeter and Seaforth as well, as the surgeons travel there on certain days of the week. Sometimes you are also called down to the ER to assess a patient to be seen by surgery. Clinics included general surgery consultations and followups, ortho clinic (where you can practice casting and injecting), and small procedures clinic (biopsy/excision/debridement). If every surgery rotation were like this one, I would endorse it being a mandatory part of every family medicine residency
There is NO MANDATORY CALL for this rotation. This is the only surgery rotation without mandatory call, so it is quite popular.
Other Things to addEdit
If you want to do your rotation here, make sure you rank it first. It WILL fill up. St. Thomas is also excellent for surgery, but you will have to do the occasional call.