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.


Curriculum and Outline of Blocks


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

Outline of Blocks

10 Blocks Neurosurgery


10 Blocks of Research
3 Blocks Neurosurgery


13 Blocks Neurosurgery


6 Blocks Neurosurgery
6 Blocks Neuropathology

Academic Rounds





Friday 07:00 - 09:00

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds Curriculum

Health Sciences Building
09:00 - 10:00 Multidisiplinary Rounds
Announced each week in TWIN Schedule
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)

Morbidity and Mortality

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

Royal University Hospital
(Ortho Teaching Room)

Neurosurgery Schedule of Rounds

Summer Academic Rounds Schedule


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.