Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?
The General Surgery Review is an annual preparation (PREP) review course designed for all Senior General Surgery Trainees and International Medical Graduates who are completing their training in Canada. This review course is intended as a knowledge consolidation and assessment exercise.

Who can attend this course?
All Senior General Surgery Trainees and International Medical Graduates who are completing their training within Canada, and who plan to write the upcoming Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada written examination may attend this course. The course is also open to general surgeons in clinical practice and other health care professionals. This review course is intended as a knowledge consolidation and refresher course for practicing general surgeons.

Is there any fee?
All course materials and meals are provided at a minimal cost of $1,100.00 if you are a Canadian participant and a registered resident in a Canadian General Surgery training program. Licensed Canadian Practitioners who are not in a Canadian General Surgery training program can also participate at a cost of $1,500.00. Please note, fees will increase by $100.00 after the Early Bird Registration Deadline of December 15, 2017. Registrants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

What topics are covered?
In total, about 28 topics are presented covering the major specialty areas within general surgery.

How are the topics chosen?
Final year general surgery residents and IMG’s complete a needs assessment form that identifies core topics needed within general surgery. The top 40 topics are ranked, speakers are recommended by the residents and recruited by the co-chairs.

Who are the speakers?
Speakers are chosen from educational institutions across Canada and are selected based on their expertise and familiarity with each selected topic.

Please note, the surgery review program is not sponsored by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. All Royal College Examiners have been excluded from participating with this program or providing any input to selected topics and contents of the material covered within each topic.

Will the course help me prepare for my exam?
Past programs have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants in this regard. Feedback from the 2017 program showed:

  • 99% felt that the overall quality of the review program was excellent.
  • 99% felt that the review program met its educational objectives.
  • 95% indicated that touch pad technology helped to identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • 99% would recommend the program to their colleagues

Does the course cover everything in general surgery?
Cost and time issues necessitate some limitations; as such, only the top-ranked topics identified in the needs assessments are selected.

Why is the course only offered in Toronto?
Presently, our level of funding does not permit offering the course more than once, or in more than one location.

Toronto is centrally located and relatively easy for the majority of the participants to travel to.

Have you looked at webcasts or other similar "distance learning tools”?
Yes, however, cost issues do not permit such alternatives at this time.

Who do I contact for more information?
For further information please contact

How do I register?
Registrations can be completed online.
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