PROGRAM PROFILE

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University of British Columbia - Neurology - Pediatric - Vancouver

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Program Director

Dr. James Lee

CONTACT

Program Contact

Patrice Pringle

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Division of Neurology provides the only tertiary level of care for children with neurological disorders in British Columbia.


We offer state-of-the-art care for common and rare diseases of the nervous system, including epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, newborn brain injury, and muscle diseases.


The five-year Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program is committed to providing an excellent educational experience within the guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


There is close collaboration between the pediatric and adult neurology training programs at UBC and all pediatric trainees must include six months of training in adult neurology in their overall post-graduate education. Pediatric neurological training provided by members of the Division includes experience in general neurology inpatient consultations, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Nursery and Psychiatry, as well as outpatient experience in general and subspecialty pediatric neurology. In addition, there is also training in basic neurosciences (neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuroanatomy) and electrophysiology (EEG and EMG).


All trainees are also expected to become actively involved in research projects that will result in presentations at national and international conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. We offer subspecialty training programs and fellowships in epilepsy, neuromuscular, neuro-oncology, and neonatal neurology.


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GENERAL INFORMATION

Pediatric Neurology is a 5 year residency program.



The stages of training are as follows:

Transition to residency stage:


These 2 blocks will consist of orientation to the discipline and hospital, curriculum of learning key skills in pediatrics and neurology, and ensuring competencies to move forward in residency.


Foundations stage:


These 21 blocks will be mostly comprised of general pediatric training, psychiatry, neurosurgery, research and pediatric neurology to establish the foundation competencies for pediatric neurology.


Core of discipline stage:


These 34 blocks will address essential competencies that constitute the core of pediatric neurology. It will include 6 months of adult neurology and rotations in neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, epilepsy, neonatal neurology, neuromuscular, community neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, neurogenetics and neuro-oncology.


Transition to practice stage:


Approximately 8 blocks will be to prepare the trainee for readiness for autonomous practice and will include functioning as a junior attending on the ward and out-patient clinic and allow for flexibility for subspecialty training.


Clinical pediatric neurology training consists of involvement in ambulatory and inpatient services, which include emergency and intensive care consultations. We have a robust Virtual Health and Outreach program to serve distant regions of British Columbia. There is ample exposure to various subspecialties in pediatric neurology with opportunity for students to explore personal subspecialty interests in greater depth.



Research

There are expectations that residents will have ongoing involvement in scholarly projects leading to annual presentations at national/international scientific meetings and publications. Residents are expected to report their research progress periodically at the Division Research Rounds. Protected time is available for research. There is a formal curriculum in clinical research methods as part of organized teaching sessions. Strong opportunities for clinical research exist through the residency program in each of the subspecialty areas, with access to methods and biostatics support.



Seminars

All residents participate regularly at weekly Pediatric Neurology Rounds and city-wide Neuroscience Rounds. A weekly 4 hour course on principles of neurology/basic neurosciences is provided in conjunction with the adult neurology training program. There are numerous scheduled teaching sessions per week, including neuroradiology, subspecialty neurology, video-EEG rounds, and epilepsy surgery conference.


FAQ

British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH) is the only tertiary care pediatric hospital in British Columbia.


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