The Neurosurgery Program at the University of Alberta is committed to the improvement of health through excellence in patient care, leadership in education and research, and in preventative initiatives directed at the promotion of neurological well being.

Residency Program

The neurosurgical program at the University of Alberta began in 1920 with the arrival of HH Hepburn. Residency training began in the 1940's and was formalized in the 1960's. The residency program involves a minimum of 6 years of postgraduate training. The majority of residents within the PGY4 year have the ability to undertake research in either the clinical or basic science forums. All spectrum of neurosurgery is offered within the program at the University of Alberta.

The neurosurgical residency rotations involve a two team concept at the University Site, a Pediatric neurosurgery rotation at the Stollery Children's Hospital and an adult rotation at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. In the past our residents have

also done a community rotation in British Columbia. Graduates from our program are currently working in Canada within academic and non academic programs. In addition our graduates have entered both academic and private practice opportunities within the United States of America.

The University of Alberta Neurosurgical Residency Program firmly supports respecting the CANMEDS educational format.


Guiding Principles:
  • Generation of a harmonious work environment conducive to professional development and maintenance of academic excellence
  • Promotion of continuing medical education programs to facilitate a continuum of medical learning
  • Institution of coordinated clinical quality improvement programs to foster implementation and evaluation of innovative neurosciences initiatives
  • Foster an academic atmosphere of scholarship supporting excellence in fundamental and clinical research
  • Adopt a leadership and collaborative partnership with other clinical service programs in developing a comprehensive neuroscience health delivery system
Commitment to:
  • Assurance of smooth and timely access to neurosurgical services
  • Promotion of patient-focused care with health promotion and wellness as our standard
  • Integration and Coordination of neurological services
  • Facilitation of neurological education/research as integral components to the excellence of care
  • Shift delivery of services to the community / ambulatory care framework
  • Working in partnership with all community and health care providers