The Program

During the first two years, a number of seminars and online courses are set up throughout the year by the Surgical Foundations director to meet the needs of residents, guided by the Royal College Objectives of Surgical Foundations. This includes the CRASH course, a month long course of technical skills training and seminars. Residents are not assigned to a clinical service during this month to devote their time to learning. The following courses are fully funded by the Division of Neurosurgery:

  1. Advanced Trauma Life Support
  2. Lougheed Microsurgical Course – University of Toronto.
  3. Spine course – University of Calgary
  4. PGY-1 Rookie Camp – Dalhousie University

Teaching Rounds

Resident Research Day

This is a forum at which PGY2-6 residents are required to present a paper based on their original research. Conducted on a Wednesday. A visiting professor presents at Neurosciences grandrounds, and each resident has an opportunity to present their research, inviting comments and suggestions from the visiting professor. The residents have lunch with the visiting professor, followed by a teaching session in the afternoon. Dinner is organized in the evening where the ̳best paper‘ prise is presented to the deserving resident by the visiting professor. This event occurs in the Fall.

Visit the Resident Research Day events page.

B.C. Neurosciences Day

This is a forum at which faculty from the B.C. Neuroscience community present in the morning along with an invited professor/Keynote speaker alternating between Neurosurgery and Neurology on a yearly basis. The residents are encouraged to submit a paper based on their original research, and the best neurosurgery and neurology resident papers are presented in the afternoon. It is a full day of academic learning activity. This event occurs in the Spring.

Visit the B.C. Neurosciences Day events page.

Visiting Professors

Visiting professors in neurosurgery will be invited on a regular basis as the opportunity presents, hopefully on a six-monthly basis. The visiting professor will be provided with the opportunity to present educational material at lectures, rounds, or seminars as he wishes. The residents are expected to participate in these academic events.

Advanced Degrees

Opportunities exist within the Department of Surgery for a Master of Science degree, granted by the University of British Columbia. The present requirements for this are:

  • Enrolment as a graduate student for one year. Satisfactory completion of 15 units of study which include three units for the correlative neuroscience-neuroanatomy course, one unit for completion of the basic surgery course 502, one unit for the Department of Surgery course in advanced neurosurgery 512/513, one unit for a formal academic and written presentation at course 512 or 513, and nine units for a successfully completed research project and a written thesis presentation.
  • Under special arrangements, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience can be done.

Academic Balance

The Program Director and participating staff will ensure that the service to education ratio is kept in balance and that there will be time protected for the resident to engage in adequate study, clinical research and publication and personal interest.