Dr. Jeffrey Atkinson
McGill University is located in a large, fascinating, and multi-cultural city with a strong student population and good opportunities to live affordably in the downtown area. Transportation and dining options are plentiful. While maintaining the linguistic character of the province the city itself, is home to people from wide, and diverse ethnic and cultural origins. Montreal is close to a large range of opportunities for outdoor activities and transforms into a vibrant festival of music and culture in the summer months. The Montreal Neurological Institute and the Research Institutes of the McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital, and McGill University as a whole are an endless source of research opportunities and collaborations in all areas of neuroscience. Research opportunities for those who are interested are plentiful. The program emphasizes teaching and has been careful to maintain a good ratio of residents to clinical opportunities. In most cases residents will rotate on one of our subspecialty clinical teaching units by themselves and operate with the faculty alone beginning early in residency. Operative experience should be consistent throughout training, with a good progression of responsibility. While clinical and call responsibilities can be quite demanding in neurosurgery it is our program’s goal to prioritize educational opportunities over service requirements. We have generally had a supportive group of residents who work together well as a unit and advocate well for their needs and for our program.