University of Ottawa - Neurology - Ottawa
Established in 1969 and fully accredited in 1971 — our program has strong historical roots. We boast a 100% pass rate on the Royal College examinations for over 30 years, and we continue to strive to improve the program every year with a goal of providing a world-class neurology education.
Specific highlights include
- Longitudinal neurology clinics with a staff mentor
- Excellent on-call support with a junior (PGY1-2) resident always paired with a neurology senior resident in house
- Focused research and clinical streams to individualize rotations depending on your interest
- Focused rotations in nearly all neurological subspecialties
- Weekly and monthly rounds in neurovascular, stroke research, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, basic neuroscience/journal club in addition to weekly clinical case rounds
- 3 separate focused neurology teaching services including Neurology CTU, Neurovascular Unit, and Neurology Consultation services
- Large hospitals with little travel between sites
- Medium sized program (20-25 residents) focused mostly at 1 hospital site (The Ottawa Civic Hospital)
What about the City of Ottawa itself?
Ottawa is the nation's capital — a vibrant, exciting, safe, and green city that residents are happy to call their home. When asking current residents their favorite parts about Ottawa they said:
- liReasonable Cost of Living
- liGreat size (not much traffic but still lots to do!)
- liClose to nature (bicycle trails, cross country / downhill skiiing, hiking, etc.)
- liMany Festivals (the advantage of being a capital city)
- liExcellent restaurants (For the foodies!)
- liLe Nordik Spa (Canada's largest day spa)
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You can also get more information on: Ottawa Department of Medicine (look under PGY1 entry programs then neurology)
What are the pillars of the Adult Neurology Residency program?
- Deliver world-class neurology education
- Tailor our program to enable individual residents to both achieve their goals and to meet the needs of our society (community/academic, research/clinical)
- Support our residents to ensure they are successful both during residency and in their future careers
Why do current residents like the uOttawa Adult Neurology program?
- Great / solid residency program
- Resident family
- The city of Ottawa
What do residents do after they graduate?
- 50/50 split between community neurology and academic fellowships
- prior grads in the last few years have done fellowships in Canada, US, Australia in specialties including Epilepsy, Stroke, Headache, MS, neuro-immunology, neuro-ophthalmology
What kind of resident are you looking for?
We don't have any specific "type" of resident that we look for — we actually think a variety of residents with different interests / goals makes for a more diverse, interesting, and overall stronger program. Please see the CaRMS website for specific descriptions / criteria.
Why should I come to uOttawa?
We think you'll have a great experience here. The program might be right for you if your goals for residency are to:
- Become an excellent clinical neurologist
- Work hard, but feel well supported and learn at your pace
- Be well prepared for the certification examination
- Have fun in the city you are living in
- Build a large network of friends and colleagues
- Develop skill in teaching and research
- Make the next step successfully (job/fellowship)