Dr. Gwynedd Pickett
Canadian Medical Graduates
The ratio of residents to faculty in the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at Dalhousie University is 1 resident to1 staff. The team is supported by two nurse practitioners, a brain tumour nurse navigator, and several research coordinators.
All Adult Neurosurgery is centered at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. There are 29 in-patient neurosurgery ward beds, as well as a 6 bed Intermediate Care Unit, 4 bed epilepsy monitoring unit, and a 12-bed surgical intensive care unit. The Division of Neurosurgery has approximately 1400 major operative cases per year. Pediatric Neurosurgery is centered at the IWK Health Centre. Neurosurgery clinic facilities, dedicated operating room, ward and ICU facilities provide the infrastructure for the approximately 125 operative pediatric cases per year.
Neurosurgery residents at Dalhousie University will complete a three month rotation in another neurosurgical unit in Atlantic Canada, either in St. John, Moncton or St. John’s. This typically occurs during the PGY3/4 year. Opportunities exist for other interprovincial and international electives, in consultation with the Program Director.
The training is based in the Halifax area. The neurosurgical unit is centered at the Halifax Infirmary site and is equipped with state of the art neurosurgical systems, which includes neuronavigation, neuroendoscopy, computerized stereotaxy, an O-arm and intraoperative MRI. There is also an active interventional endovascular program. The centre treats a high volume of general and specialized neurosurgical cases and services a busy Emergency Room Department, which receives patients by land and air transportation from throughout the region.
Members of the staff are subspecialized in pediatric surgery, functional neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, complex spine surgery, cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, neuro-oncology and peripheral nerve surgery.
Halifax is a vibrant, friendly, ocean-front city steeped in culture and history. It has a thriving arts, music and entertainment scene, and a great variety of restaurants located in the walkable downtown. Nature is nearby, with hiking trails and public parks, fresh and saltwater beaches, canoeing or sailing opportunities all within the city or a very short drive away. Sports teams, theatre, a symphony orchestra and art galleries provide a wonderful variety of leisure activities for a wide variety of interests. While a relatively small city, it is home to several major universities and a lot of young professionals and small businesses.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
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Frequency of Calls
l in 4 in-hospital and for home call
Maternity Leave Top Up After One Year’s Service
eligible for up to a maximum of 17 weeks top-up allowance for maternity/pregnancy leave
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
CMPA Dues Paid
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Long-Term Disability Insurance
66.7% of salary
$100,000 of insurance
Updated July 27, 2022