University of Ottawa - Neurology - Ottawa


Program Director

Dr. Danny Lelli


Program Administrator

Janis Crawley

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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)

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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)

For more insights and info — please follow us on Instagram.

You can also get more information on: Ottawa Department of Medicine (look under PGY1 entry programs then neurology)

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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)