University of Alberta - Neurology - Edmonton


Program Director

Dr. Wasif Hussain


Program Coordinator

Tina Barnard

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The Adult Neurology program at the University of Alberta has a committed teaching staff and a collegial, supportive residency program. The large catchment area provides a wide variety of clinical exposure and breadth of rotational experiences. Our program has a ration of residents to faculty that is approximately 1:2 which allows for direct observations in most environments. Our program has a full complement of sub-specialty expertise across the entire spectrum of clinical Neurology and there are flexible elective opportunities to allow residents to tailor their career objectives.

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The Adult Neurology Residency Program trains Physicians to become independent Neurological Consultants, experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of patients with diseases of the nervous system.Residents completing training in this program will be equipped to work in a variety of environments depending on the career objectives of the resident, including community-based and academic practice.


How much call does a resident typically do in your program?

While on Neurology service, a junior resident (R1 and R2) would typically do 3-5 in-house call per month with a maximum of 7 per month as per PARA guidelines. Junior residents on off-service rotations would complete call requirements for the respective rotation that they are on (some rotations would have no call, some exclusively home call and others in-house with varying numbers of call per month). Senior residents (R3-R5) typically do 3-6 home call per month (to support the in-house junior resident) while on any Neurology inpatient or outpatient rotation with a maximum of 9 per month as per PARA guidelines.

How are residents assessed and given feedback throughout their residency?

Residents are regularly assessed on EPAs through the system. Residents regularly receive informal feedback from preceptors at the end of each week of in-patient service. There is an annual resident OSCE for junior residents (TTD and Foundations) and two annual OSCEs for senior residents (Core and TTP) that are conducted in conjunction with the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan. Written examinations are completed through an in house examination prepared by the faculty annually and starting from the Foundations stage residents complete the Residency In-service Training Examination (RITE) administered through the AAN. Residents are evaluated as teachers through SATER assessments. Long case oral examinations are completed annually starting in the Foundations through a STACER exam. Summative 6-month reviews are completed on a one-to-one basis with the program director. These reviews also include discussions regarding future plans and life outside of residency.

What types of Subspecialty Neurology does your faculty practice in?

We have subspecialists in the following fields: Stroke; Epilepsy; Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology; Neuro-infectious; Movement Disorders and Deep-Brain Stimulation; Neuromuscular/EMG; Neurogenetics; Concussion; Headache; Cognitive Neurology; General Neurology; Neuro-Oncology; Neurological ICU.