Neurosurgery is now entering our fifth year of CBD training involving all incoming R1 residents. Training objectives are currently being revised to incorporate the set milestones developed by the Royal College.
Program application language: English
IELTS, OET or CELPIP is required by CPSA for candidates from medical schools in Quebec except for candidates from McGill and for IMG candidates. Please check CPSA https://cpsa.ca/ for ELP updates.
Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:
please limit your personal letter to one pageCustom Résumé / CV Abstract/Publications Photo
For current year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), there is no action required from you. Your medical school will automatically submit your MSPR to CaRMS on your behalf for you to assign.
If your MSPR is in a language other than the program language of English or French, you are required to have the document translated.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 10, 2023
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on January 10, 2023
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 10, 2023
Selection is based on past experience in neurosurgery, a strong academic record, commitment to academic activities including teaching and research, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to cope with stress.
It is the purpose of this Residency Training Program to provide its residents with a world-class education and experience in the principles and practice of Neurological Surgery. At the end of their residency, Royal College candidates in Neurosurgery should be proficient in all aspects of regular cranial, spinal and peripheral nerve Neuorsurgical practices and be faniliar with all aspects of sub-specialized Neurosurgical care.
Residents must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to gender, culture and ethnicity pertinent to Neurosurgery. In addition, all residents must demonstrate an ability to incorporate gender, cultural and ethnic perspectives in research methodology, data presentation and analysis. On completion of the educational program, the graduate physician will be competent to function as a consultant in Neurosurgery.
Review team composition : Applications are reviewed by the Program Director and 2-3 faculty members of the Residency Program Committee. Input will be obtained from the residents for those candidates that have participated in any of our virtual teaching sessions during the academic year.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||completeness and up to date|
|Electives||Elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||we do not evaluate this file component|
|Leadership skills||we do not evaluate this file component|
|MSPRs||grades and awards|
|Personal letters||a genuine interest in neurosurgery|
|Reference documents||performance on electives, intelligence and personality|
|Research/Publications||strengths, numbers, and affiliation to neurosurgery|
|Transcripts||brief review to ensure there are no "red flags"|
Interview format :
We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.
|Collaboration skills||each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis|
|Collegiality||each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis|
|Communication skills||each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis|
|Health advocacy||each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis|
|Interest in the discipline||important to ensure the candidate is committed|
|Interest in the program||important to ensure the candidate is committed|
|Leadership skills||each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis|
|Professionalism||each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis|
|Scholarly activities||not a major concern however important for research pursuits|
|Other interview component(s)||As all interviews will be held virtually, the format is still being considered. Applicants will be advised of the process at the time of interview selections.|
Our neurosurgical residents enjoy a congenial association amongst themselves and attending staff. There are 2-3 resident functions throughout the year at which residents and their spouses/significant others can attend for a bit of relaxation. Past events have included bowling, hiking, skiing, and go karting to name a few in addition to our annual resident retreat.
This residency program is for 6 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
In addition to introductory rotations on Neurosurgery, this year is also comprised of 5 blocks on Internal Medicine, and General Surgery to further solidify a core medical / surgical background and prepare the resident for their Surgical Foundations Examination. In addition, an additional block is provided for an "elective" subsequent to discussions with the program director. The new Royal College Competency by Design training for Neurosurgery came into effect July 1, 2018 and will gradually replace the previous CanMEDS training format.
Another 6 blocks of Neurosurgery along with 3 blocks of Neurology and 4 blocks of ICU experience serve to complete this final year of "core" training.
PGY-3 to 6
This period will include 25 blocks of neurosurgery, 6 blocks of pediatric neurosurgery and 2 blocks of endovascular neurosurgery with graduated responsibility for patient care and surgical procedures, 3 blocks in neuropathology, 3 blocks in neuroradiology and 13 blocks (1 year) of research.
A 13-block research rotation is mandatory. This time interval is considered a minimum, and may be extended as necessary. Collaboration with clinician scientists and scientists of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute is encouraged. Research time may be used for clinical or basic science projects. Alternatively candidates are encouraged to pursue Master's or PhD pathways in Neuroscience and Medical Education. Funding is generally available through residency stipend, Alberta Heritage for Medical Research, and Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Seminars in basic science, neuropathology, neuroradiology and neuroscience occur weekly. Educational time is protected to foster academic development of the resident. Residents are expected to participate in research and publish in peer review journals each year of their residency. Peer-reviewed presentation at national meetings is strongly encouraged and heavily supported by the Division.
-Alberta Children's Hospital
- some rotations are carried out at the Peter Lougheed, South Health Campus and Rockyview Hospitals
-The ratio of residents to faculty is 17 faculty: 16 residents
-Residents are provided with access to electronic medical resources and on-line journals 24/7
-There are no mandatory rural rotations
-Opportunities for interprovincial and international electives exist within the program