Neurology Residency Program

Pediatric neurology is a branch of medicine concerned with treating the disorders of the nervous system of children which includes all conditions involving the spinal cord, muscle, nerves, and brain. This specialty encompasses diverse fields such as learning and development, seizure disorders, headaches, and neurogenetics. Our program follows the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements for Pediatric Neurology.

The majority of training is provided at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (SCH) which is the tertiary referral centre in Northern Alberta. The SCH has a busy medical service, surgical service, intensive care, and emergency room. It also houses pediatric oncology, pediatric cardiology, all surgical programs (general, cardiac, transplantation, neurosurgery, orthopedic, urological, and ENT surgery divisions), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and one level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for outborn children.

The Royal Alexandra Hospital houses the other level 3 NICU and forms a source of consultation requests to the Neonatal Neurology service. Outpatient consultation is also requested by the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for their internal referrals, and the resident may choose to participate in these clinics. The University Hospital, adjacent to the SCH, is the primary site for adult neurology consultation requests.


Program Highlights

  • Fully accredited Royal College program
  • We offer consultative services for a full range of pediatric neurological disorders.
  • Training is available in neurophysiology, including EEG and EMG with exposure to pediatric neurorehabilitation and multidisciplinary clinics at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Because of the number of faculty members with subspecialty interests and expertise, a wide variety of subspecialty pediatric neurology clinics are available for trainees including clinics in pediatric epilepsy, pediatric headache, neuromuscular disorders, neurodevelopment, neurogenetics, and pediatric stroke. In addition, trainees are also exposed to the ketogenic diet and pediatric epilepsy surgery.
  • We are a relatively new program, and therefore the teaching curriculum and structure of the program have had considerable input from staff, established programs, and current trainees.
  • Our perinatal program includes two level 3 neonatal intensive care units and is very active in clinical research.
  • Excellent teaching is available in neuropathology and neuroradiology, as well as neuroscience and neuroanatomy during the academic half days.
  • We have built a strong collegial relationship with both the Adult Neurology Program and the General Pediatrics Program here at the University of Alberta.
  • Residents have the opportunity to attend and participate in regular interdisciplinary neuroscience rounds.
  • Our program places special emphasis on research, with considerable opportunities for both clinical and basic research.


Why Choose UAlberta for the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program?

It is our philosophy that the residency program serves to guide trainees in developing their own career objectives and help in fulfilling them. As such, our program is flexible with regards to electives both within our institution or abroad, and with regards to potential research projects.

In addition, our residents have input into their education and participate in the process of developing educational initiatives and policies. As our program offers a collegial environment between residents and attending staff, there are extensive opportunities for mentorship and career advice.