Residency Program

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The Division of Neurosurgery provides undergraduate and postgraduate training programs for the Faculty of Medicine of UBC.  The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program is fully accredited 6 year program accredited by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, provided to average of six to eight residents at different levels enrolled at any one time. The program is designed to use all affiliated facilities and staff personnel to assist the residents in their learning of clinical Neurosurgery. Resident rotations are based upon the Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements in Neurosurgery. In addition to Clinical Neurosurgery, residents rotate on other related neuroscience services including: Neuropathology, Neurology, Neuroradiology and Neuroophthalmology.

Through Department of Surgery training program, neurosurgery has been guaranteed funding for 1 to 2 trainees per year. This allotment includes the core basic principles of surgery training, and all the rotations to the affiliated departments.

A one year accredited fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery  or funded fellowship in Stereotaxic & Functional Neurosurgery is available. Externally funded supernumerary positions on the adult service are considered. Postgraduate training leading to a Master’s degree in Surgical Education, Clinical Epidemiology and Basic Science Research are offered through the Department of Surgery. Assistance for arranging advanced post-graduate training may be provided for some such as a position of clinical fellow in neurosurgery, or in the Master of Science Program in Surgery.

Program Goals

The Neurosurgery Residency training program at the University of British Columbia is dedicated to the comprehensive training and development of the next generation of leaders in all areas of neurosurgery. This encompasses emphasis on clinical excellence in both knowledge and technical skills as well as scholarship, leadership, advocacy and teaching. We strive to train clinically superior surgeons. We strive to equip our graduates with the academic, leadership and teaching skills to be positioned to advance all spheres of our field over the course of their careers. We believe that regardless of the future career path of our trainees, all trainees must be fully equipped to practice in all areas of clinical neurosurgery. Residents in our program are expected to demonstrate clinical and academic excellence, exceptional interpersonal and teamwork skills, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and have sense of responsibility and dedication to the profession. Residents are expected to be active community members and demonstrate balance in life as evidenced by engagement in volunteer, extracurricular or other types of activities.