Welcome to the
Division of Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics at the U of T has a long tradition of developing innovative treatment approaches, performing research of the highest quality, developing new education programs, and providing clinical care of the highest quality possible. We are leaders in the field, and our faculty members play leadership roles nationally, and internationally. Read more »

Division Chairs for Orthopaedics - University of Toronto Orthopaedic Chairs 1976 - Today.
From left to right - Ben Alman (2006-Today), James Waddell (1996-2006), Robert Salter (1976-1986), Allan Gross (1986-1996).

Message from Program Director

The University of Toronto residency training program is unique in the world. Based on a very successful pilot project that was approved by the Royal College, we have transitioned into a completely competency based curriculum, the first of its kind. This innovative training scheme follows basic principles including: progression through training based on demonstration of competency rather than a time based approach; early development of technical skills; frequent and rigorous assessment and feedback and elimination of non-productive educational time. A key component of this is our Orthopaedic Boot Camp, which has won international Awards for its novel approach to teaching technical skills in the first month of training. This endeavour has proven so successful that it has been adopted by other Divisions within the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto and other orthopaedic training programs in Canada. Competency based training is the future of Postgraduate Medical Education in Canada and internationally, and our program has been an international leader in this regard. A recent accreditation review by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons was very positive and complimentary toward our unique education approach.

Our program benefits from a world class faculty who are dedicated to resident education. Each resident’s education is tailored to fit their career goals and academic/research interests. The program is continually updated to incorporate resident input, technological advances, and to maintain an optimal service to education balance. Residents are supported and encouraged to participate actively in all divisional educational activities. Although the program is large, our residents universally feel that the program puts their educational interests first and foremost.


Peter Ferguson
Program Director