There is one funded and one un-funded fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery available at the University of British Columbia. Fellows typically train for a one year period. The funded position is supported by our team at CDN$50,000 for one year and the un-funded position must be financially supported by your home institution or government. Fellows will have hands-on participation in all stereotactic & functional procedures at Vancouver General Hospital. The Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders is the only neurosurgical facility in British Columbia (>4 million people) performing:
- Anterior capsulotomy
- Trigeminal tractotomy
- Deep brain stimulation (thalamic, pallidal, subthalamic, hypothalamic, SCG)
- Motor cortex stimulation
- Occipital nerve stimulation
We also have a very large referral base for trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and spasticity. Fellows will get hands-on experience with percutaneous trigeminal rhizotomy, microvascular decompression (V, VII, IX), lumbar rhizotomy, and spinal pump insertion.
Our facilities include microelectrode recording and Stealth Neuronavigation. We have a strong collaboration with the four movement neurologists at UBC. and our Neuropsychology team. Fellows will be required to participate in clinical research and will help run the Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic.
One of our previous fellows, Mr. Ian Low, provided a short article on his experience during Fellowship training. It was published in the Royal College of Surgeons of England Bulletin. You can read this article at Ann R Coll Surg Engl (Suppl) 2007:89:354-356. A list of our past fellows can be found at: Previous Clinical Fellows.
Application for Fellowships
Eligible candidates include:
- Licensed to practice neurosurgery in home country (Clinical Fellow) (or) still completing neurosurgery training in home country (Clinical Trainee)
- Planning a career in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery
- Proficiency in English (oral and written) is required. Candidates who did NOT receive their medical training in English, must submit proof of proficiency in English with a TOEFL-IBT total score of 96 (including 24 in each of the four sections).
Interested candidates should send:
- A letter outlining why they wish to train in stereotactic & functional Neurosurgery
- Two letters of reference (including a letter of support from their Chairman)
- Their curriculum vitae (highlighting publications)
- Their email address, fax and phone contact numbers to:
Dr. Christopher R. Honey
Director, Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders
Suite 8105, 2775 Laurel St. Vancouver
BC Canada V5Z 1M9
Tel: +1 604 875 5894 fax: +1 604 875 4882
There is more general information on Clinical Fellowships at the University of British Columbia Post-Graduate Medical Education Web Site.