The Canadian Association of General Surgeons is a proud supporter and Sponsoring Society of the Canadian Journal of Surgery.

The mission of the Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS) is to contribute to the effective continuing medical education of Canadian surgical specialists, using innovative techniques when feasible, and to provide surgeons with an effective vehicle for the dissemination of observations in the areas of clinical and basic science research.

Hosted by associate editor, Dr. Ameer Farooq, and co-editor in chief, Dr. Chad Ball, Cold Steel highlights the best research being completed by Canadian surgeons, discusses education topics of interest for surgeons and trainees alike, and provides guidance for career development.

Can J Surg 2020 March-April; 63(2)

Editorial • Éditorial

COVID-19: a time of crisis, but also of surgical opportunity and optimism
Chad G. Ball

COVID-19 : la crise peut aussi être source d’occasions et d’optimisme
Chad G. Ball

Commentary • Commentaire

Fidelity in surgical simulation: further lessons from the S.T.A.R.T.T. course
G.G.R.J. Johnson, P.G. Brindley, L.M. Gillman

Review • Revue

Addressing organ shortages: progress in donation after circulatory death for liver transplantation
J.J. Nostedt, A.M.J. Shapiro, D.H. Freed, D.L. Bigam

Research • Recherche

Leveraging vascular quality initiative data to improve hospital length of stay for patients undergoing endovascular aneurysm repair
N. Eisenberg, G. Roche-Nagle, T.F. Lindsay, G. Oreopoulos

The surgeon’s perspective: a retrospective study of wide local excisions taken to healthy subcutaneous fat in the management of advanced hidradenitis suppurativa
E. Shavit, A. Pawliwec, A. Alavi, R. George

Unwarranted imaging for distant metastases in patients with newly diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ and stage I and II breast cancer
S. Lupichuk, D. Tilley, B. Surgeoner, K. King, A.A. Joy

Development of a certification examination for orthopedic sports medicine fellows
T. Dwyer, J. Chahal, L. Murnaghan, J. Theodoropoulos, J. Cheung, A. McParland, D. Ogilvie-Harris

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension and bariatric surgery: a systematic review
W.Y. L. Sun, N.J. Switzer, J.T. Dang, R. Gill, X. Shi, C. de Gara, D. Birch, A. Nataraj, S. Karmali

Does exposure to anatomy education in medical school affect surgical residency applications? An analysis of Canadian residency match data
T. Schroeder, S. Elkheir, F. Farrokhyar, A. Allard-Coutu, K. Kahnamoui

Does body mass index affect the rate of adverse outcomes in total hip and knee arthroplasty? A retrospective review of a total joint replacement database
I. Abdulla, S. Mahdavi, H. Khong, R. Gill, J. Powell, K.D. Johnston, R. Sharma

A 30-day prospective audit of all inpatient complications following acute care surgery: How well do we really perform?
C.G. Ball, P. Murphy, K. Verhoeff, O. Albusadi, M. Patterson, S. Widder, S.M. Hameed, N. Parry, K. Vogt, J.B. Kortbeek, A.R. MacLean, P.T. Engels, T. Rice, R. Nenshi, K. Khwaja, S. Minor, on behalf of the Canadian Collaborative on Urgent Care Surgery (CANUCS)

Turning a new “page”: ways to decrease the number of pages after hours without compromising patient care
A. Schröder, W.A. Farhat, D.J. Bägli, A.J. Lorenzo, M.A. Koyle

One-stage versus 2-stage bilateral total joint arthroplasty: a matched cohort study
R. Saini, J. Powell, R. Sharma, S. Puloski, S. Mahdavi, C. Smith, K. Johnston

Factors that predict 30-day readmission after bariatric surgery: experience of a publicly funded Canadian centre
J.T. Dang, I. Tavakoli, N. Switzer, V. Mocanu, X. Shi, C. de Gara, D.W. Birch, S. Karmali

Does surgical approach influence mid- to long-term patient-reported outcomes after primary total hip replacement? A comparison of the 3 main surgical approaches
R. Galmiche, S. Poitras, J. Dobransky, P.R. Kim, R.J. Feibel, W. Gofton, H. Abdelbary, P.E. Beaulé

Discussions in surgery • Discussions en chirurgie

Heroes, citizens, and the shoulders of giants
D.R. Urbach

The next step in surgical quality improvement: outcome situational awareness
W.B. Lyman, M. Passeri, K. Murphy, A. Cochran, D.A. Iannitti, J.B. Martinie, E.H. Baker, B.D. Matthews, D. Vrochides


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Types of articles
The Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS) publishes the following types of articles:

  • Editorials are written by members of the editorial board.
  • Research articles report the results of original research. The journal does not distinguish between full-length articles and brief reports.
  • Reviews present a comprehensive and critical appraisal of a particular topic.
  • Commentaries are similar to reviews but are designed to make a point about published research on a topic without reviewing the topic comprehensively. This section may include consensus statements re­gard­ing clinical practice.
  • Discussions in surgery comment on innovations in surgical education and surgical practice. They include continuing medical education articles, such as evidence-based reviews in surgery and tips for conducting surgical research.
  • Letters to the editor comment on recent articles in the journal.

Note: Survey-based submissions are rarely accepted and will be considered only if they present breakthrough or otherwise compelling surgical events with high response rates.  CJS does not accept case reports.

CJS is an open access journal and charges submission and article processing fees. All manuscripts will be charged a nonrefundable submission fee of $100 (Canadian funds), payable at the time of submission.
**This fee is waived for CAGS members.

Accepted articles are subject to article processing fees of $700 (Research, Review and Continuing Medical Education articles) or $500 (Commentaries and Discussions in surgery), payable in Canadian funds at the time of acceptance.