All candidates must meet the Ontario Criteria of Eligibility found here.
Please be aware that most, if not all, hospitals in Ontario have mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies in place that require, in the absence of a valid medical or human rights exemption, proof of vaccination. Acceptable vaccination must be in accordance with Health Canada. You will be required to provide an attestation that you meet this requirement as part of the CaRMS application process and any actual documentation will be collected by the appropriate institution if matched. These guidelines could change at any time in accordance with future direction from the Ministry of Health or the Universities based on information from Public Health.
MCCQE (Medical Council of Canada qualifying examination) Part 1 results:
Trainees will be required to disclose their MCCQE Part 1 examination results if taken, upon entry into any of the University of Ottawa's training programs. Please note that the MCCQE Part 1 is not a requirement to begin residency. The purpose of this disclosure is to allow for resources to be provided to the few residents who would benefit from extra support early in their residency in an effort to maximize their success.
Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements may result in an applicant’s file not being reviewed or removed from the Rank Order List.
Program application language: English
All candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.
Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the File Review Opening deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:
LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY APPLIES TO CMG's (Canadian Medical Graduates) only if the Medical Degree language of instruction is in FRENCH.
Proof of language proficiency will also be accepted as follows:
Written attestation from the applicant confirming the ability to work in English, both written and spoken.
Important: It is at the discretion of the program, who may require further proof of a language test or letter from a school official after File Review has begun.
Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:
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
All submitted documentation is reviewed by a panel of 2 Faculty Neurosurgeons and 1 Resident in the Neurosurgery program. All elements of the application are reviewed and assessed by examining the following: memorability and impact of personal letter, breadth and success of personal and academic accomplishments, remarkability of all reference letters, and well-roundedness of the applicant's CV. These scores are then tabulated and create a rank to determine who receives an interview and who does not.
The Neurosurgery Training program at the University of Ottawa seeks applicants with a strong academic record, references attesting to proficiency in learning, interest in the specialty of neurosurgery and excellent interpersonal skills.
The main goals of the Neurosurgery Residency Program are:
•To recruit the highest caliber trainees wishing to pursue a career in the field of neurosurgery.
•To provide a conducive and nurturing learning environment in which trainees will be able to achieve the highest level of competence in the field of neurosurgery.
•To provide instruction, both by precept and by mentoring, in a carefully controlled and tailored manner to ensure that trainees develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in a systematic manner.
•To ensure that all trainees attain the Essential Roles and Key Competencies of Specialist Physicians as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
•To ensure that trainees meet all the requirements and pass all the prescribed examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Specialist Certification in Neurosurgery.
•To ensure that all trainees acquire all the essential training to prepare them to practice Neurosurgery to the highest professional and ethical standards.
•To provide and facilitate post-graduate research opportunities for trainees wishing to undertake clinical and basic science research as part of their career path.
•To provide community practice experience for trainees whose career objectives include community practice.
•To educate residents from other subspecialties in the basic principles of neurological surgery including the management of neurotrauma, degenerative disease of the spine, neuro-oncology and neurovascular disease.
•To stimulate residents’ interest in innovation and innovative approaches to solving ongoing problems in neurosurgery and in the field of neuroscience generally.
•To achieve these goals, the Residency Program Committee has approved both General and Specific objectives of training.
Review team composition : Each application is reviewed by a panel of 3 individuals- 2 Faculty Neurosurgeons and one resident in the postgraduate neurosurgical training program.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||achievements, extra-curriculars, volunteerism, outreach initiatives, awards/grants.|
|Electives||completed at least 1 elective in neurosurgery preferred.|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||interests outside of medicine that promote work-life balance.|
|Leadership skills||experience in leading a team or group in a healthcare or non-healthcare environment.|
|MSPRs||reviewed to ensure no red flags such as failed rotations or professionalism concerns.|
|Personal letters||memorable, personal, shows interest in neurosurgery.|
|Reference documents||Comments on whether the applicant will be an excellent Neurosurgeon resident and Neurosurgeon physician.|
|Research/Publications||some type of research activity either presentation, publication or current project is preferred.|
|Transcripts||reviewed to ensure no failed rotations. Failed rotation do impact overall file review score.|
|Other file component(s)||demonstrated interest in University of Ottawa Neurosurgery Program via completion of elective or observership either for a clinical or research placement.|
At the University of Ottawa, we believe that the best residents are those who have been able to explore the breadth of the medical professional through suitable electives while enrolled in medical school. We do not preferentially rank applicants who have only pursued electives in one discipline. We support the concept that students should do a minimum of at least 2 week electives in 3 different specialities.
Medical Students that have completed an elective in the Division of Neurosurgery with The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa will have better insight to our program and will help them with the application process.
Interview format :
We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.
|Collaboration skills||describes teamwork experiences in a healthcare/ other setting.|
|Collegiality||kind, and professional interactions with the everyone throughout the interview process.|
|Communication skills||clear, concise and focused verbal and non-verbal interactions; appropriate emotional intelligence.|
|Health advocacy||demonstrated knowledge and actions to positively influence and improve patient care|
|Interest in the discipline||demonstrated knowledge of its scope of practice; exposure to the field clinically or for research.|
|Interest in the program||demonstrated knowledge of offered training experiences; asks relevant questions about program.|
|Leadership skills||evidence of leading groups, being captain, having great responsibility in healthcare/other setting.|
|Professionalism||evidence of good moral reasoning, compassion, commitment and resilience in medical/other scenarios.|
|Scholarly activities||describes experiences conducting research; describes future interests in research.|
|Other interview component(s)||
Medical and clinical knowledge of Neurosurgery as demonstrated by questions appropriate for a fourth year medical student level.
Resiliency/ Well-being as demonstrated by appropriate work-life balance.
The University of Ottawa Division of Neurosurgery is a fully-accredited Royal College training program. The program encourages residents to pursue research opportunities and supports their residents in pursuing outside opportunities such as Masters or PhD programs and are supported to present their research at national conferences. Resident input is valued very highly and bi-monthly resident meetings are scheduled to ensure training is up to par. The Division of Neurosurgery has a medium-sized faculty with a large variety of specializations including spine surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, skull-base surgery, interventional neuroradiological neurosurgery, and peripheral nerve.
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.
The Neurosurgery Training Program covers a period of six clinical years with the option of including additional research years enfolded within the residency after the PGY-2 year. As of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Neurosurgery programs in Canada have moved to the Competence- By- Design model. This allows for curricula to be modified slightly to ensure residents' attain their assessments of enstrustable professional activities. Throughout the 6 years, residents will be exposed to the following:
The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) provide neurosurgical care for residents of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec with a wide variety of neurosurgical disorders. These hospitals form our fully integrated Neurosurgery Service with full-time faculty members directing the training programs at each hospital. Approximately 1800 neurosurgical operations covering the full spectrum of neurosurgical problems are performed at TOH and CHEO each year. There is a fully integrated Level I Adult Regional Trauma Program at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and a similar program for pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The program is closely allied to basic neuroscience research activity conducted within the University (Faculty of Medicine) and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) -The Brain & Mind Institute, and the Loeb Research Institute. The National Research Council and Health Canada are conveniently nearby and have resources that are readily available, including the Library at CISTI (Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information). Residents are encouraged and supported to pursue additional training in basic sciences and clinical outcomes research, within the Royal College Clinician-Investigation Program (CIP).
Financial support for specialized courses and meetings is available to all residents throughout residency as all residents are encouraged to actively participate in clinical and basic science research on an annual basis during training. Attendance at the R.U.N.N. (Woods Hole, MA) basic neuroscience review course is also offered to all residents intending to pursue additional training in basic science or clinical research during residency. Residents are encouraged to present their academic research annually both at the University of Ottawa Annual Collins Research Day and at national and international neurosurgical meetings with funding for travel/registration supported by the Residency Program.