Neurosurgery Residency Program

The Neurosurgery Residency Program at the University of Alberta is a fully accredited program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Relatively small in size with 9 residents, supervised by 16 faculty members, the program's collegial atmosphere and large catchment area provides many learning opportunities. Lead by Program Director, Dr. Michael Chow and administered by Jennifer Granfield, the program's primary objective is to develop competent, well-rounded neurosurgeons capable of practicing the art of neurosurgery in either a community or academic environment. Our flexible program allows for customized training to each learner's specific interests and needs. The success and well-being of our neurosurgical graduates remains a source of pride for our residency program.

Program Highlights

  • Residents are exposed to a robust and diverse clinical experience at three sites: University of Alberta, Royal Alexandra and the Stollery Children's Hospital. Over 2500 clinical operative cases are done annually.
  • Large catchment area includes Northern and Central Alberta, Northern BC and the Northwest Territories ensures high procedural volume.
  • Broad representation of all subspecialties (vascular/endovascular, neuro-oncology and skull base, radiosurgery, complex spine, epilepsy, functional, pediatrics, peripheral nerve)
  • Our program offers a customizable PGY-4 experience. Residents are given the opportunity to explore research interests, pre-fellowship interests and/or further clinical experience (academic or community) during this year.
  • Formal academic schedule covers trauma, vascular, oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve, functional/epilepsy and spine blocks. Other activities include Journal Club, Quality Assurance Rounds, Case Rounds, Neuroscience Rounds and Proton Rounds.
  • Monthly simulation sessions
  • Residents receive expense coverage for meetings, symposiums and review courses
  • Dedicated faculty research coordinator with bi-annual one-on-one meetings and quarterly group sessions
  • Upon completion of training, graduates from the University of Alberta become competent in performing the full spectrum of neurosurgical practice

Why Choose Ualberta for the Neurosurgery Residency Program

  • Small collegial program, 1.5 faculty members for each resident
  • Residents are encouraged and funded to attend at least one neurosurgical meeting or symposium per year
  • Annual program retreat in the Rockies
  • Home of the state of the art Ray Rajotte Surgical Medical Research Institution for simulation training. Previous host of the Neurosurgery Rookie Camp.
  • Advanced technologies, including 3T MRI and Gamma Knife at the University of Alberta Hospital site

For further information on the program please see the CaRMS program description website.

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The Neurosurgery Residency Program is considering sponsored trainee applicants with government funding for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications must first go through their funding source who will then forward applications to the program and the Postgraduate Office of Medical Education. Two week observerships starting in spring 2020 will be available. Immunization status and proof of English language requirements will be required (min of 7 in each component in the IELTS academic version). Please contact Jennifer Granfield if the above requirement are met to arrange for an observership via email Interviews take place in September for placements the following July.