Toronto Orthopaedic Boot Camp (TOBC)

  • Polina MironovaEmail author
  • Brandon Girardi
  • David Burns
  • Oleg Safir


Toronto Orthopaedic Boot Camp (TOBC) is an intensive laboratory-based skills course for incoming residents at the University of Toronto. In this chapter, we share our experiences with establishing a large-scale surgical boot camp that has been demonstrated to accelerate skills acquisition in surgical trainees. The goal of this chapter is to inform other programs that are seeking to incorporate a similar course into their training, and so we focus on practical information that may be helpful such as daily schedules, equipment, assessments, and remediation.


Surgical boot camp Transition to residency Simulation based education Competency based medical education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Polina Mironova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brandon Girardi
    • 2
  • David Burns
    • 3
    • 2
  • Oleg Safir
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Surgical Skills Centre, Mount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada

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