Surgical Foundations


Welcome to our PGY 1 residents! For the PGY 2 residents, congratulations on the successful completion of your first year of surgical training and we look forward to this final year of Surgical Foundations. The Surgical Foundations Program provides surgical residents from Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Plastic Surgery, Urology and Vascular Surgery with the knowledge and skills to allow residents to excel as a senior surgical resident.

Acquisition of this knowledge and skill set occurs through experience on clinical rotations (including critical care and trauma), seminars, technical skills labs and the CRASH course. The CRASH course occurs in block 4 of the PGY 1 year and is an intensive 4 weeks which includes ATLS, the Fundamental of Critical Care Support course, the POEM course (perioperative emergency management), training in Surgical Residents as Teachers as well as seminars covering research and evidence based medicine. PGY 2 residents participate in selected aspects of CRASH as well as have the opportunity to assist the PGY 1 residents in skills labs.

UBC Surgery residents have free and confidential access to the Resident Wellness Office

At the successful completion of your Surgical Foundation training you will have the knowledge, experience and skills to transition into your role as senior surgical residents. You will also be equipped to continue to learn and adapt in new environments as well as in the ever-changing field of surgery.

I wish you all the best in the year ahead. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Take care and enjoy,
Dr. Sonia Butterworth
Program Director, Surgical Foundations, UBC

Spring Session - PGY1 April 1 2017 - June 2017

Location: Taylor Fidler Auditorium |1st Floor JPPN –VGH (unless stated otherwise)

April 5
Date/Time: 2017, April 5. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: Pediatric Trauma
Presenter: Dr. Sonia Butterworth

April 12
Date/Time: 2017, April 12. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: Trauma Resuscitation
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Margolick

April 19
Date/Time: 2017 April 19. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic:Principles of Ventilatory Support
Location: JPPN 3414
Presenter: Dr. Don Griesdale

April 26
Date/Time: 2017 April 26. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: Advanced Technical Skills
Location: CESEI
Presenter: Dr. Sonia Butterworth

May 3
Date/Time: 2017, May 3. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: EBM
Presenter: Dr. Afshar Kourosh

May 10
Date/Time: 2017, May 10. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: Vascular Techniques
Presenter: Dr. York Hsiang

May 17
Date/Time: 2017, May 17. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: How to Prep for Oral Exams
Presenter: Dr. Alex Seal

May 24
Date/Time: 2017, May 24. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: MCQ Exam
Presenter: Dr. Sonia Butterworth

May 31
Date/Time: 2017, May 31. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: MCQ Review Session
Presenter: Dr. Sonia Butterworth

June 7
Date/Time: 2017, June 7. Wednesday | 0815-0915
Topic: SF Exam Advice
Presenter: PGY2 Residents, Dr. Sonia Butterworth

View the PGY1 PDF Schedule

Questions: Contact: Zoe Su at



Questions: Contact: Zoe Su at

Dr. Sonia Butterworth, Program Director

Denise Archibald, Program Manager

Zoe Su, Education Program Assistant

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