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Education and learning

The Paediatric Neurology Residency and Fellowship Training Program at SickKids, University of Toronto is a fully accredited program with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. To date, training is also recognized by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry for training in Child Neurology.

There are two training tracks - a three year program with the entrance requirements being years of accredited paediatrics training or a five year training program with entrance directly from medical school.

There is a Paediatric Neurology Training Committee responsible for supervision of all educational and training activities. Qualified candidates will be judged for appointments based on review of curriculum vitae, personal letter with comment on career goals and plans, review of letters from referees and interivews. The five year training program is accessed through CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service).

The program is committed to excellence in training individuals for careers in academic and research-based child neurology. The hospital is enriched by an association with the SickKids Research Institute and activities with the basic neuroscientists include regular combined rounds and seminars. There is also activity with the other clinical neurology groups at the hospital including the neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists with weekly rounds.

Residents are responsible for a research project in each of their training years and there is a research day held in February of each academic year. Residents are encouraged to attend scientific meetings including the Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences, the Child Neurology Society and the American Academy of Neurology. Funding is available to assist with travel. Residents are also encouraged throughout their training to begin to learn the process of writing research grants and there is assistance for this activity through the Research Institute. Small amounts of money can be made available through the hospital for pilot project funding.

For further information regarding the Neurology training programs, contact us at neurology.training@sickkids.ca.