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.