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The Division of Neurology at Queen's University is proud to offer a five-year postgraduate residency program fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Our residents have exposure to a good mix of neurological cases as our unit draws the most complex and challenging neurologic cases from the region, and this mixture of common and unusual patient presentations prepares residents well for clinical practice.

Our program also offers good education to service ratio. We don’t compromise the educational experience of our trainees by allowing service demands to influence the program. The service requirements are met by dedicated attending staff in order to avoid compromising the training program by unreasonable workloads.  

I’m especially proud of our congenial work environment. There is a collegial relationship with the neurology attending staff as well as with the neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, physiatrists and neuroradiologists. This is enhanced by the small size of the training program and may not be found at other larger centres.

Our residents have met with great success after their training.  They do exceptionally well on their Royal College examinations and have gone on to academic appointments in Canada and major U.S. centres as well as community practice.

The Neurology program has been designed to ensure that residents acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to gender, culture and ethnicity pertinent to neurology.  On completion of the program, our graduate physicians are competent to function as consultant neurologists.

The five year program, fully accredited by the RCPSC, is comprised of a basic clinical year with rotations in inpatient wards, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and the coronary care unit.  This is followed by four years of adult Neurology, including experiences in inpatient services and consultation, intensive care, EMG/neuromuscular disease, EMG/epilepsy, neuropathology, and pediatric neurology.

 
Sample Neurology Rotation Schedule
PGY1 PGY2 PGY3-5
Cardiology / Coronary Care Unit Internal Medicine Neurology Inpatient Service          
Neurology Consultation Service             
EEG-Epilepsy
EMG-Neuromuscular           Neuropathology                     Neuropediatrics                                  Research                                                
Electives
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Diseases
General Internal Medicine / 
Subspecialty Medicine
Elective
Neurology Neurology               
Neurosurgery   
Neuroradiology 
Neurorehabilitation         
Neuro-ophthalmology 
Psychiatry


PGY1

The first year of the Neurology program is comprised of internal medicine training.  This includes rotations in Neurology, General Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, and Cardiology/Coronary Care.  Residents function at a level comparable to those in the core Internal Medicine program, learning to provide scientifically-based, comprehensive, and accurate diagnosis and effective management for patients with disease. 

PGY2
This year is a flexible year designed to provide education in the broad base of skills necessary to practice neurology. It is recognized that within the discipline of neurology, there is great variation in the career goals of trainees. While the emphasis will be on a broad base of education needed for the practice of general adult neurology, there is flexibility for special arrangements including elective time.

PGY3-5
The third, fourth, and fifth years of the program are comprised of Clinical Adult Neurology rotations.  These specialty years include Neurology inpatient consultation, EEG/Epilepsy, EMG/neuromuscular, Neurology clinics, and Neuropathology.  In addition, rotations in pediatric Neurology are completed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.   Elective opportunities are also available.

 

Admission to the Neurology program at Queen's University is through the R1 Main Residency Match, coordinated by the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

 

Dedicated academic half-days occur weekly throughout the year, ensuring that residents are covering the entire curriculum in a comprehensive manner.  Topics include Neurosciences Case Rounds, Clinical Rounds, a seminar series, Journal Club, and a Clinical Examination Series.  Medicine Sign-In Rounds occur daily, while Stroke Rounds, Neuropathology Rounds, and Medical Mortality / Morbidity Rounds occur weekly.

All PGY1 Neurology residents are invited to attend the Queen’s Conference on Academic Residency Education (QCARE), the Teaching Improvement Project System (TIPS), the Critical Events Simulation Course, and the Senior Resident Leadership Course offered through the Kingston Resuscitation Institute.


Weekly Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM   Path Lab
8:30 - Neuropath Rnds





Richardson Labs
8:00 - M&M Rnds





Radiology Conf
7:30 - Rads G-Rounds
Kidd 7A/B Conf
8:30 - Case Rnds
9:30 - Neurosci Rnds
10:30 - Clinical Teaching
11:30 - Clinical Skills 
 
Noon Kidd 7A/B Conf
11:30 - Stroke Rounds 
Kidd 7 A/B
Neuro - D/C Planning Rnds
Con 7 Library
12 - Neuromusc Rnds
Etherington Hall
11:30 - Medicine G-Rnds
 
PM   2PM - Neuro Ward 
Pharmacy Rnds
    Location TBA (monthly)
14:00 - Natnl Stroke Rnds


Academic Half Day & Past Presentations
     
          AHD schedule   (MedTech) last updated May 22, 2012          

NOTE: Please note highlighted areas for room changes or time changes

          Past Presentations (MedTech)

Residency Training Committee

          Minutes and Objectives (MedTech)
                  
Conferences & Courses

2013

January February March April
  Feb 6-8 - Int'l Stroke Conf
(Honolulu, HI)
Mar 15-23 - AAN 
(San Diego, CA)
 
May June July August
May 28-31 - Euro Stroke Conf
(London, UK)
     
September October November December
       


2014

January February March April
       
May June July August
       
September October November December
       

All residents complete a research project during the training program.   Any subject related to neurology is acceptable, and this represents an opportunity to develop research interests, improve critical skills, and enhance the ability to evaluate literature.  PGY1 residents are invited to attend a full-day research skills workshop introducing them to such topics as design, critical appraisal, and effective presentation skills.

There are particular strengths at Queen's in basic neuroscience research and in clinical outcomes research and evaluative approaches to health care. Opportunities exist for graduate studies in basic science departments and in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology leading to a MSc. or PhD degree.  Residents who are interested in completing a graduate degree concurrent with their Neurology program may do so through the new Clinician Investigator Program, a two-year RCPSC accredited program offered at Queen’s University.

Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is southeastern Ontario’s leading centre for complex-acute and specialty care, and home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.  KGH serves almost 500,000 people through its Kingston facility and 24 regional affiliate and satellite sites. A major redevelopment plan has recently provided new facilities for cancer care, acute inpatient mental health, pediatrics, and intensive care.

The neurology inpatient unit functions as a joint unit with Neurosurgery (a Division in the Department of Surgery) and includes a ten bed Stroke Unit.  KGH is a regional resource for the Clinical Neurosciences.

Fully affiliated with Queen’s University, KGH is a research and teaching hospital which is home to 2,400 health-care students and residents, in addition to 160 health researchers. KGH was ranked in 2011 as one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals by Research Infosource.  

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