Fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery


The University of Ottawa’s Division of Neurosurgery offers a Fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery. The goal of this clinical fellowship is to provide comprehensive training in the field of paediatric neurosurgery with specific emphasis on the treatment of hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism, cranial remodelation for craniosynostosis, skull-base surgery, epilepsy surgery, ultrasound and image-guided surgery (with the Zeiss SMN/STN System). Training is also provided in microsurgery, neuroendoscopy, deep-seated brain tumors, vascular malformations, functional neurosurgery for the relief of spasticity and intracranial pressure monitoring.


The fellowship is structured and intended to provide continuous medical education experience for practising qualified neurosurgeons who wish to expand their skills in this particular field or become fully devoted to the practice of paediatric neurosurgery. Fellows are responsible for: emergencies and elective admission of patients to the neurosurgical unit; pre- and post-operative care of neurosurgical patients; as well as assisting in the operating room under direct supervision of the attending neurosurgical staff. Outpatient neurosurgical clinics are also under the direct supervision of the attending staff. Depending on the number of personnel available in the Division of Neurosurgery, fellows are usually expected to be on-call every other night, or more often if they so desire, in order to gain maximum experience during their period of training.


Fellows are actively involved in the teaching of both postgraduate and undergraduate students on rotation at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). This involves bedside and classroom teaching including lectures and seminars. Fellows will be required to develop new, and participate in ongoing, clinical and basic research projects both at CHEO and at the University of Ottawa. Basic research facilities available to fellows are located at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Fellows are expected to devote full-time activity to paediatric neurosurgery, and for educational reasons are not allowed to engage in clinical or research activities outside of CHEO and the University of Ottawa.


Paediatric neurosurgical fellows are appointed for periods of one or two years. Shorter periods (6 months) of training are also available. Candidates are required to obtain a medical license to practice medicine in the province of Ontario. Fellows are paid a salary commensurate with their level of experience, and are given three weeks vacation / convention leave, per year. The position is open to graduates of neurosurgery training programs in Canada and the U.S.A. Candidates from other countries will be considered depending upon their qualifications.