University of Alberta - Neurology - Pediatric - Edmonton


Program Director

Dr. Francois-Dominique Morneau-Jacob


Program Administrator

Joan Thibault

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  • We have 12 neurologists with a wide range of medical interests, including epilepsy, headache, neuromuscular, neurogenetics, neonatal neurology and beyond, covering all aspect of pediatric neurology. This allows for a high faculty-to-resident ratio.

  • Our clinical service is divided into a general neurology service, covering consults to in-patient wards and emergency departments, as well as a neurocritical care service that covers consultation to ICUs and NICUs. There are two faculty members on during the day to supervise residents.

  • We offer a Longitudinal Resident Clinic starting in second year, where residents are able to foster their own independence and are encouraged to follow in-patients.

  • Weekly pediatric neuroscience rounds, epilepsy surgery conferences and many teaching sessions are part of daily rounds, which assist in sharing and consolidating valuable knowledge.

  • The best part of our program is the close relationship between our faculty members and residents, plus a yearly barbecue and Christmas party. Everyone is approachable.

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  • The Stollery Children’s Hospital is a well-recognized centre for specialized pediatric services. It is Western Canada’s referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgery and a national leader in organ transplantation. The Stollery cares for children from northern and central Alberta, as well as parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

  • University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) is located on the U of A campus. It is one of Canada’s leading clinical, research and teaching hospitals, treating more than 700,000 patients annually from across Western and Northern Canada.

  • The university is located in the vibrant Garneau neighbourhood with cafés and restaurants, next to the river valley with its many trails and parks.

  • Edmonton hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in its nickname Festival City. The city also has a great food scene with outstanding restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops, many of which are within walking distance of the Stollery. And, of course, there’s also the West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in North America.

  • Edmonton is a hockey city and proudly so. Whether you go to an NHL game at Rogers Place to watch Connor McDavid or sit at a local pub, Oilers fans are among the loudest in the league.


What are the best things about this subspecialty?

Pediatric neurology is always interesting and challenging. There have been great advances in our understanding of the brain and brain function, with increasing opportunities for treatment (for example, epilepsy, migraine and neuromuscular disorders).

We place special emphasis on clinical research as well as opportunities in basic research. Our program has strong collegial relationships with both the adult neurology program and general pediatrics, and we offer interdisciplinary neuroscience rounds. We provide excellent teaching in neuroscience and neuroanatomy in the academic half-day.

What are the varieties of lifestyles within your field?

Most pediatric neurologists in Canada have an academic position (i.e. associated with a university) so they have multiple and varying responsibilities including in-patient and ambulatory care, teaching, research and administrative duties.

Most practise in a group with shared call responsibilities. Call is often from home (i.e. you do not need to be in hospital overnight.)