Dr. Michael Yeung/Dr. Jeptha Davenport
12th Floor, Foothills Medical Centre
1403 – 29 Street NW
Calgary AB T2N 2T9
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Goals and Philosophy
The major goal of the Neurology Residency Education Program is to give residents the opportunity to gain the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to enable them to provide exemplary health care to people with neurological disease. The program will facilitate learning through an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that fosters active communication between residents and faculty. We will stress the pursuit of excellence in clinical neurology and encourage the development of a deeper interest in the academic aspects of the discipline. We will endeavor to create a level of excitement that will stimulate our residents to seek further education and pursue careers in academic neurology. Our program aims to serve both the present and future requirements of our patients and our discipline.
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
The Department of Clinical Neurosciences comprises the Divisions of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and includes 45 neurologists and 80+ full or part-time faculty members. The alliance of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Calgary allows collaboration in several departmental activities, including weekly rounds, research day, outpatient services, etc. (for further information see the Departmental Annual Report). Other departments, including Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Histopathology, and Diagnostic Imaging also participate actively in the neurology training program.
Foothills Medical Centre
Foothills Medical Centre is a large, tertiary care medical facility (825 acute care beds) that serves as the major referral centre in Southern Alberta for patients requiring inpatient neurology care. There are two neurology ward/consultation services, a dedicated stroke service, and several general neurology and subspecialty neurology outpatient clinics (see below). There are two neurology/neurosurgery inpatient wards comprising 60 beds plus an 18-bed stroke unit. Another FMC ward is devoted to inpatient neuro-rehabilitation. There is a neurology/neurosurgery intensive care unit, an EMG/EEG Lab, and a neurosciences library and resident office with computers and internet access on the same floor as the inpatient neurology wards. A neurology/neurosurgery outpatient wing is located adjacent to the neurology wards. The Foothills/NRC Magnetic Resonance Centre houses an intraoperative MRI-scanner and a 3-Telsa research and clinical scanner. The University of Calgary medical school is located adjacent to the Foothills Medical Centre and includes three large buildings that house research facilities and outpatient clinics.
Peter Lougheed / Rockyview Hospitals
The Peter Lougheed and Rockyview Hospitals are 500-bed, modern, fully equipped hospitals with active medical, surgical, and intensive care units. Both sites support neurology consultation services, neurology clinics, EEG and EMG laboratories, and CT and MR scanners. Residents also rotate on a new neurology inpatient unit at the Rockyview Hospital.
Alberta Children’s Hospital
Alberta Children's Hospital, opened in September 2006, is a tertiary care pediatric medical facility with active inpatient and outpatient neurology services and subspecialty clinics.
The Resident Office, located adjacent to the neurology ward, is equipped with computers, printers, and a scanner. Electronic Resources include Up-to-Date, Alberta Health Knowledge Network (HKN) plus a large selection of Electronic Journals available via the web through the University of Calgary Health Sciences Library.
The residency program covers a period of five years and has been designed to meet the objectives of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Neurology Residency Programs.
The University of Calgary program consists of:
Rotation-specific objectives have been developed for all rotations.
University of Calgary Residency Programs follow a lunar calendar of 13 four-week blocks per year.
PGY-1 and PGY-2
A four-block rotation of ward- and clinic-based neurology is undertaken early in the first year to allow the resident to bond to the neurology program and his or her new career. The learning objectives for these four blocks are to perform a complete neurological history and physical examination, interpret neurological findings, and formulate the differential diagnosis of common neurological conditions, including anatomical localization.
PGY-1 and -2 comprise nineteen blocks of non-neurology rotations, including internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery (neurosurgery), radiology (neuroradiology), and emergency medicine. Twelve months of internal medicine are required by the Royal College and include general medicine ward service and ICU/CCU and six blocks of elective rotations, such as general medicine consult service, endocrinology, infectious disease, etc. Internal medicine rotations are tailored to provide the resident with a strong background in medicine useful in subsequent neurology training. Three blocks of PGY-2 are devoted to clinical neurology. In addition to fulfilling the neurology objectives noted above, training in the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years is meant to fulfill the objectives of basic clinical training as outlined by the Royal College: to give the resident a degree of independent responsibility for clinical decisions; an opportunity for further development of the skills required in making effective relationships with patients; the consolidation of competence in primary clinical and technical skills across a broad range of medical practice; and an understanding of the nature of the relationship between a referring physician and a consulting specialist.
PGY-3 generally includes five blocks of clinical neurology. Neurology inpatient experience is obtained at the Foothills Hospital. During the inpatient general neurology rotations, the resident is responsible for the primary care of inpatients on the neurology ward, the assessment of patients in the emergency department, and inpatient neurological consultations. During the stroke rotations in PGY-3 to -5, the resident manages acute stroke and participates in the stroke fellow call rota. The resident also rotates through the neurology services at the Peter Lougheed and Rockyview hospitals. Outpatient experience is emphasized. One quarter of neurology rotations comprise clinics which are scheduled in periods of one or more weeks at a time. Clinics are available in general neurology and several subspecialty areas which are listed below. For most residents, the balance of the PGY-3 rotations comprise rotations in neuropathology and neuromuscular/EMG.
In PGY-4 most residents undertake a six-block period of clinical or basic neuroscience research (see below). PGY-4 also includes three blocks of adult neurology and three blocks of pediatric neurology. Residents embark on their weekly longitudinal neurology clinics at the start of this year (see below).
PGY5 residents spend a minimum of seven blocks as senior neurology residents/junior consultants in inpatient and outpatient settings. During this period, the resident is expected to assume greater independence in the management of patients and more responsibility for teaching and supervising junior residents and clinical clerks. The resident may also have the opportunity to participate in the teaching of second year medical students during the neurosciences portion of the curriculum.
For the other six blocks, the resident may select elective rotations from a number of different areas including EEG, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, pain, neuro-rehabilitation or community neurology, or choose to spend further time in electromyography, neuromuscular disease, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, or psychiatry. Special requests for other options will be considered on an individual basis.
Throughout the PGY4 and PGY5 years, there will be a weekly outpatient clinic where patients are evaluated and followed by the senior resident, at arm's length from the attending neurologist preceptor.
Residents in all years have certain duties and responsibilities in common. These include:
Educational sessions for residents are held every weekday throughout the academic year:
Monday am: Formal bedside teaching rounds, led by various preceptors.
Tuesday am: "Les Lecons du Mardi" - Neurology Case Rounds.
Wednesday am: Neuroradiology or Neuropathology rounds (each bi-weekly).
Wednesday noon-hour (with lunch): "Spot the Brain Cell" - neurology residents teaching rotating residents and clerks.
Thursday academic half-day (12:15-18:00): Neurology subspecialty/CanMEDS lunch rounds (including ethics and EBM) and a two-hour seminar. Communications Skills sessions (with actors). All sessions are led by neurology preceptors.
Friday Departmental Grand Rounds (08:00-10:15): During the first hour, neurology and neurosurgery residents each present a patient, followed by a short didactic and interactive session. In the second hour, a topical didactic presentation is given, often by an invited guest speaker, or there is a clinical-pathological conference.
Annual departmental events include a sponsored neurology/neurosurgery resident week-end basic science and ski symposium in early spring and the departmental Research Day.
Resident research is a mandatory part of the University of Calgary Neurology Training Program. The goal is to promote the development of knowledge, skills, and interest in the field of clinical or basic neuroscience research. The completion of a well-designed research project, whether clinical or basic, also facilitates future career development. Every effort is made to tailor the type and scope of the research project to the resident's interests and needs. Most residents will spend three to six months in research during the PGY-4 year.
Toward the middle of the PGY-3 year, the resident is encouraged to develop a special interest in a particular problem or area and to develop a clinical or basic research project in that area. It is expected that the results of the research will be presented at the departmental Research Day and at a national or international meeting, and will be published.
In addition, neurology residents may request a leave from the Neurology program to enter an MSc or PhD program funded by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) Resident Scientist Program or the Clinician Investigator Residency Program. The salary is pegged at the PGY level of the resident. Details can be found at http://www.hbi.ucalgary.ca/research and http://www.medicine.ucalgary.ca/postgrad/listprograms/programinfo/CIP.
There are regular, web-based in-training evaluations (ITERs) of resident performance. The Neurology Program Director receives the evaluations and closely follows the progress of each resident. Preceptors are encourgaed to give frequent informal feedback and review each ITER with the resident.
Additional formal evaluations occur in PGY-3 through PGY-5. Twice yearly, residents write a seminar exam and perform a multi-station OSCE exam, using formats similar to those used in the Royal College fellowship examinations. PGY-3 through PGY-5 residents also write the annual American Academy of Neurology In-training Examination.
The program director meets formally with each resident three times a year and reviews the results of ITERs and examinations. In addition, informal feedback is an ongoing activity within the program and takes place frequently when patients are being reviewed and during conferences and teaching rounds.
Administration of the Program
The Program Director and Program Committee (NRPC) supervise the neurology residency program. The NRPC concerns itself with recruitment, resident evaluations, rotation evaluations, the content of the program, discipline, and promotion. Membership includes the chief resident, two elected residents, the Division Chair (or delegate), 3-6 staff neurologists and the pediatric neurology program director. The committee meets monthly except for July and August.
Residents also have the opportunity to participate in various faculty level committees related to the overall education programs at the university.
Participation in the Subspecialty Clinics provides the opportunity to gain in-depth experience dealing with particular groups of diseases. Subspecialty Clinics are available in each of the following areas:
|Dr. N. Hagen|
|Dr. D. Hogan
Dr. D. Patry
|Dr. N. Pillay
Dr. P. Federico
Dr. W. Murphy
Dr. A. Hanson
Dr. B. Klassen
Dr. S. Wiebe
Dr. N. Jetté
|Dr. A. Kirton
Dr. J. Mah
Dr. K. Barlow
Dr. H. Sarnat
|Dr. W. Becker
Dr. L. Cooke
Dr. A. Eloff
Dr. J. Kohli
Dr. F. Amoozegar
|Dr. O. Suchowersky
Dr. R. Ranawaya
Dr. S. Furtado
Dr. S. Kraft
Dr. T. Pringsheim
|Dr. L. Metz
Dr. R. Bell
Dr. D. Patry
Dr. W. Murphy
Dr. F. Costello
Dr. K. Busche
Dr. J. Burton
|Dr. M. Hill
Dr. M. Eliasziw
Dr. J. Mah (Pediatric)
|Dr. O. Suchowersky|
|Dr. C. Power|
|Dr. K. Brownell
Dr. D. Zochodne
Dr. C. White
Dr. C. Toth
Dr. L. Komgut
|Dr. J. Mah|
|Dr. P. Forsyth
Dr. G. Cairncross
Dr. P. De Robles
Dr. A. Hanson
|Dr. W. Fletcher
Dr. F. Costello
|Dr. E. Lange
Dr. W. Fletcher
|Dr. N. Hagen|
|Dr. W. Murphy|
Dr. A. Demchuk
|Dr. K. Busche
Dr. M. Yeung
Dr. K. Hoyte
Dr. W. Murphy
Dr. A. Hanson
Dr. K. Brownell
Dr. D. Pearson
The following list outlines the research interest of department members who will have clinical contact with the residents:
|Dr. F. Amoozegar||- Headache|
Dr. W. Becker
|Dr. R. Bell||- Multiple sclerosis, molecular genetics|
|Dr. A. K. Brownell||- Muscle diseases, medical education|
|Dr. J. Burton||- Multiple sclerosis|
|Dr. G. Cairncross||- Neuro-oncology|
|Dr. L. Cooke||- Headache, medical education|
|Dr. F. Costello||- Neuro-ophthalmology, multiple sclerosis|
|Dr. S. Coutts||- Stroke|
|Dr. A. Demschuk||- Stroke|
|Dr. M. Eliasziw||- Neuro-epidemiology|
|Dr. P. Federico||- Epilepsy|
|Dr. W. Fletcher||- Neuro-ophthalmology, neuron-otology|
|Dr. P. Forsyth||- Neuro-oncology|
|Dr. S. Furtado||- Movement disorders|
|Dr. N. Hagen||- Neuro-oncology, cancer pain management|
|Dr. A. Hanson||- Epilepsy|
|Dr. M. Hill||- Stroke, epidemiology|
|Dr. D. Hogan||- Dementia|
|Dr. N. Jetté||- Epilepsy|
|Dr. A. Kirton||- Pediatric stroke|
|Dr. B. Klassen||- Epilepsy|
|Dr. G. Klein||- Stroke|
|Dr. L. Komgut||- Neuromuscular disorders|
|Dr. S. Kraft||- Movement disorders|
|Dr. J. Mah||- Pediatric neuromuscular disorders, epidemiology|
|Dr. L. Metz||- Multiple sclerosis, neuro-immunology|
|Dr. W. Murphy||- Sleep disorders|
|Dr. D. Patry||- Dementia|
|Dr. N. Pillay||- Epilepsy|
|Dr. T. Pringsheim||- Movement disorders and headache|
|Dr. O. Suchowersky||- Movement disorders, neurogenetics|
|Dr. E. Smith||- Stroke and cognitive dysfunction|
|Dr. P. Stys||- Anoxia and stroke|
|Dr. C. Toth||- Neuromuscular disorders|
|Dr. S. Wiebe||- Epilepsy and medical education|
|Dr. T. Watson||- Stroke|
|Dr. C. White||- Neuromuscular disorders|
|Dr. V.W. Young||- Disorders of CNS glia, multiple sclerosis, gliomas|
|Dr. D. Zochodne||- Neuromuscular disorders|
There are many other members of the Department and Faculty who are interested in interacting with neurology residents, including neurosurgeons, physiatrists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, and basic neuroscientists. Further information about specific areas of research activity in the neurosciences may be found in the HBI directory.
Participation in Meetings
Residents are allowed 10 working days each year to attend meetings. The Department of Clinical Neurosciences contributes $2,500 toward resident travel to a meeting each year. In addition, the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine (through the office of the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education) provides financial assistance to residents for travel costs to a meeting when the resident is the first author of a presentation.
All applicants must be eligible for placement on the Educational Register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. The applicant must apply for entry to a five-year neurology program.
Preference is given to applicants with:
We review the application files and then invite selected candidates for in-person interviews. Our program utilizes a structured in-person interview process.