Neurosurgery Residency Program

The residency training program in Neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan is fully accredited 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, ER, and radiology. The subsequent 4 years of neurosurgery training include rotations on neuropathology and up to 12 months of elective time for research or clinical electives.


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 (see our website under "Our Publications").

There is a well established tradition of collaboration with the very active Neuroscience community at the University of Saskatchewan, including the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, the Stroke Research Unit, the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Center, and the Saskatoon Cancer Center. The University of Saskatchewan is also home to the National Synchrotron Facility (Canadian Light Source), and we have several projects involving the biomedical applications of synchrotron technology.

Rotation Schedule and Objectives

Academic Rounds





Friday 07:00 - 09:00

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds Curriculum

Health Sciences Building
09:00 - 10:00 Multidisiplinary Rounds
Health Sciences Building
10:00 - 12:00 Neuroscience Grand Rounds
Health Sciences Building
Last Friday of each month
12:30 - 13:30 Neuro-Oncology Rounds

Saskatoon Cancer Centre
Dr. David Popkin
Conference Room

First Wednesday of each month
16:10 - 16:50

Basic Science Teaching 

Royal University Hospital
(Neurosurgery Resident Library)
Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00

Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Rounds

Royal University Hospital
PET CT Library
Monthly 17:30 - 18:30 Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

Saskatoon City Hospital 
Rependa Centre

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

Royal University Hospital
(Ortho Teaching Room)

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Carissa Kenaschuk

Phone: 306-966-8201
Fax: 306-655-0639

Program Administrative Assistant

Royal University Hospital - Neurosurgery
103 Hospital Drive, 4th floor
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.