Training Programs

Undergraduate Training Opportunities

Undergraduate education in the Division of Neurology includes the following:
  • Case based learning (CBL) teaching during Unit III for neurology relevant topics
  • During unit III, lectures are provided on:
    • Nervous system developmental pathology
    • Neurophysiology
    • Neurological examination in pediatric neurology
  • Lectures on Tourette syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during the integration block when medical students are in their last year preparing for clerkship
  • Several staff participate every year in the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) during the pediatric clerkship
  • Monthly neurology PALs sessions for undergraduate students doing general pediatric rotation
  • Visiting medical students doing elective rotations are taught at beside and present every week at the localization rounds. Electives vary from one to two weeks and can occur at any level of training
  • Undergraduate students also work with different staff during the summer for research or scholarly relevant projects
  • PSD teaching during pediatrics block, where students attend clinics and are taught basic examination skills used in pediatrics and pediatric neurology 
We actively participate in several other student/mentor programs including: 
  • ePortfolio - every year, four groups are coached in this program which is intended to develop and evaluate the “hidden curriculum”
  • Mentorship program - several times a year division staff mentor a group of medical students from all years of study to develop a liaison between staff and students as well as among the students for their academic and social growth

Postgraduate Training Program

The University of Ottawa and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) offer a pediatric neurology residency training program that is fully accredited with the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Our program offers one residency training position each year for Canadian medical school graduates (CMG) through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Our program also offers one training position for international medical school graduates (IMG) every several years. The pediatric neurology residency program is five years in duration.

Residents who have already completed at least three years of an accredited Canadian pediatric residency program and wish to pursue additional studies in pediatric neurology may be eligible for enrolment in a three-year pediatric neurology residency program.

The Division of Neurology also offers a one-year pediatric clinical epilepsy fellowship to develop knowledge and proficiency in electroencephalography as well as in clinical epilepsy. At the end of the year, the trainee should be eligible for the Canadian Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG) examination conducted by the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists. As well, the trainee should be eligible to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examination in Neurology or equivalent training/qualification.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Hugh McMillan, program director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program.

Additional Postgraduate Training

Residents will be exposed to a full range of neurological diseases affecting infants, children and adolescents. Our six full-time and two part-time pediatric neurologists possess subspecialty fellowship training and/or additional expertise in:epilepsy/EEG, neuromuscular/EMG, demyelinating diseases, neuro-oncology, sleep neurology, neurodevelopmental disorders, movement disorders, stroke and headache. Other pediatric subspecialists at our site offer additional expertise in neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neurogenetics, metabolics, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuropsychology and palliative care.

Our residency program has very strong links with the adult neurology residency training program at The Ottawa Hospital Civic and General campuses, The Ottawa Eye Institute (neuro-ophthalmology), as well as the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) (developmental pediatrics). Our centre also offers residents the unique opportunity to participate in subspecialty clinics in Nunavut (Qikiqtani General Hospital) and care for patients in the Rett syndrome clinic. Residents will have the opportunity to complete community neurology rotations if interested.

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