Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery

Number of Positions: 1
Duration: 1 year
Site: St. Michael’s Hospital
Supervisor: Dr. Jim Mahoney

Our fellowship training program is twelve months in length. It involves rotating with the three surgeons at St. Michael’s Hospital. The fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital will involve clinical research and education activities. The clinical activity will be adult trauma and reconstructive including but not limited to maxillofacial trauma, hand, breast surgery and extremity surgery. There is a large volume of surgery in the ambulatory setting as well. Specific focus on one of these areas can be arranged. Fellows can gain exposure or experience in microvascular techniques. Clinical research is encouraged and we have a wound team with a research coordinator to facilitate projects. We are part of the University of Toronto Plastic Surgical Program and participate in all the educational activities. We have a number of research opportunities that are available at our institution as well. We have a strong focus in wound assessment and treatment and have a number of clinical and basic science research projects ongoing. Fellows in our program are encouraged to participate in a research project as a valuable adjunct to the clinical training that is available.

Educational Objectives

At the end of this fellowship, the Fellow will acquire the following skills:

  • Gain experience in the emergency management of plastic surgical trauma including that seen in the multiple trauma patient.
  • Gain an understanding of the classification, assessment and complete management of acute and chronic wounds including surgical complications.
  • Understand the principles and management of subspecialty adult plastic surgery areas which may include maxillofacial trauma, cancer, hand injury and peripheral nerve, breast surgery and reconstruction
  • Gain experience in approaching and working with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Gain experience in the approach toward patients in a variety of settings.
  • Become proficient in the surgical repair of soft tissues.
  • Acquire technical expertise in the surgical management of trauma.
  • Acquire technical expertise in subspecialty areas that may include breast maxillofacial and extremity surgery.

Job Description

  • Attend Plastic Surgery Outpatient Clinics (consultation and procedure clinics)
  • Assist in the preoperative assessment, surgery, and postoperative care.
  • Assist in the clinical teaching responsibility of the Division.
  • Work with other house-staff members attending patients in the Emergency.

It is clearly understood that none of the above responsibilities will in anyway interfere with the Residency Training Program but will complement the continuous teaching of residents. Fellows will often add an international outlook on teaching.


Complete a minimum of one clinical or basic science research project and prepare it for presentation and publication.


Dr. James Mahoney