Overview

The residency training program in Neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan is a fully accredited program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Our trainees have a proud record of success at the qualifying examinations for Neurosurgery and most have gone on to prestigious fellowships. Others have gone directly into neurosurgical practice without difficulty. We offer the resident a progressively increasing level of clinical responsibility over the 6-year program.

The trainee can expect to gain expertise in all major areas of current neurosurgical practice including oncology, pediatrics, skull base surgery, vascular, endovascular, epilepsy, functional, complex spinal disorders, peripheral nerve, and trauma. Emphasis is placed not only upon technical and academic proficiency, but excellent communication and interpersonal skills – especially towards patients and families coping with neurosurgical disease.

The first two years consist of surgical foundation training in neurosurgery, neurology, surgery, orthopedics, ICU, radiology, vascular, general surgery trauma, plastics, and neurosurgery clinic rotation. The subsequent 4 years of neurosurgery training include rotations on neuropathology, neuroradiology and up to 12 months of elective time for research or clinical electives.

Research

For those trainees with an interest in clinical or basic sciences research, the program offers several excellent opportunities. A Masters or Ph.D. program is encouraged. We have ongoing research projects in areas of spinal cord injury, pediatric neurosurgery, degenerative spondylosis, epilepsy surgery, and neurosurgical oncology.

Our Mission and Goal

Our mission is the education of our neurosurgery residents. There is a graduated responsibility throughout the residency to reach the final goal of producing a competent Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada neurosurgeon.

Our goal of the neurosurgery program is to produce fully trained neurosurgeons that are able to:

  • Successfully pass the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Specialty examination in Neurosurgery.
  • Able to practice at a consultant level in Neurosurgery.
  • Have a superior understanding of neuropathology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, basic neurosciences, neurology, and other related disciplines.
  • Exhibit exceptional clinical knowledge in neurosurgery
  • Exhibit proficiency in neurosurgery procedures.
  • Act in a professional manner with excellent communication, manager, and health advocacy skill.
  • Exhibit excellent leadership skills and abilities
  • Have an excellent understanding of research methodology.

Program Strengths

  • Our Neurosurgery Residency Training program is a smaller sized training program with a highly-dedicated program director and neurosurgery faculty members, with a committed department head.
  • Our program offers a complete series of teaching rounds that are mandatory for the residents with neurosurgery faculty members in attendance.
  • Our Neurosurgery Program’s Academic Half Day has a Protected Time Policy.
  • Our Neurosurgery Program works as a “team” and the neurosurgery faculty have a collaborative relationship with our residents.
  • Our Neurosurgery Program offers collaborative academic rounds with other surgical programs & non-surgical programs, as well as, other Universities.

Curriculum

The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan is a six year program with the first two years spent rotating through Surgical Foundations. The final four years are spent in Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery clinic rotation, Neuroradiology/INR, Research, and Neuropathology. The academic year is divided into 13 blocks of four weeks.

During each rotation within the six year program, the residents on Neurosurgery are evaluated as follows:

  • Oral Exams are given mid rotation and at the end of each rotation
  • Quarterly Review Meetings with the Program Director are given to each resident mid rotation and at the end of each rotation
  • Evaluations are electronically submitted through One45 mid rotation and at the end of each rotation

Objectives

Academic Rounds

DAY

TIME

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

Friday 07:00 - 08:00

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds Curriculum

B441
Health Sciences Building
Friday
08:00 - 09:00 Multidisiplinary Rounds
Announced each week in TWIN Schedule
Friday
10:00 - 12:00 Neuroscience Grand Rounds
SaskTel Theatre, RUH
Last Friday of each month
12:15 - 13:30 Neuro-Oncology Rounds

Saskatoon Cancer Centre
Dr. David Popkin
Conference Room

Monthly (announced in TWIN schedule)
7:00-8:00

Morbidity and Mortality

B441
Health Sciences Building
Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00

Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Rounds

Spencer Library
Monthly 17:30 - 18:30 Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

Saskatoon City Hospital 
Rependa Centre

First and third Thursday of each month 07:00 - 08:00 Spine Rounds

A5521
Royal University Hospital
(Ortho Teaching Room)

Neurosurgery Schedule of Rounds

Electives

Our Neurosurgery Program accepts elective students. All elective requests need to be submitted to the online AFMC Student Portal.

Contacts

Dr. K. Meguro
Head, Division of Neurosurgery
Phone: 306-844-1103
Fax: 306-655-0639

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive, 3rd Floor

Nadine Loran
Executive Assistant to the Division Head
Phone: 306-844-1103
Fax: 306-655-0639

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive, 3rd Floor

Dr. M. Kelly
Program Director,
Division of Neurosurgery
Phone: 306-966-8201
Fax: 306-966-8026

Carissa Kenaschuk
Program Administrative Assistant
Phone: 306-966-8201
Fax: 306-966-8026

Department of Surgery,
B419 Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road

Dr. L. Peeling
Associate Program Director
Division of Neurosurgery
Phone: 306-966-8201
Fax: 306-966-8026

Please contact the Program Administrative Assistant to arrange Neurosurgery Elective Rotations and Observerships at the U of S.