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Program Highlights

The major goal of the Neurology Residency Education Program is to provide the opportunity for residents to gain the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to enable them to provide exemplary health care to people with neurological disease. The program facilitates learning through an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that fosters active communication between residents and faculty. We will stress the pursuit of excellence in clinical neurology and encourage the development of a deeper interest in the academic aspects of the discipline. We will endeavour to create a level of excitement that will stimulate our residents to seek further education and pursue careers in academic neurology.

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General Information

The general goals and objectives for adult and pediatric neurology are outlined in the document Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements in Neurology. Based upon these general objectives each program is expected to develop rotation specific objectives suitable for that particular program, as noted in Standard B.2 of the booklet General Standards of Accreditation.

Residents must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to gender, culture and ethnicity pertinent to neurology. In addition, all residents must demonstrate an ability to incorporate gender, cultural and ethnic perspectives in research methodology, data presentation and analysis. On completion of the educational program, the graduate physician will be competent to function as a consultant neurologist. This requires the physician to:

  • Provide scientifically based, comprehensive and effective diagnosis and management for patients with neurologic disorders.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, their families and medical colleagues (particularly referring physicians), and other health care professionals.
  • Counsel patients and others on aspects of prevention of neurological disorders, including risk factors, and genetic and environmental concerns.
  • Maintain complete and accurate medical records.
  • Effectively coordinate the work of the health care team.
  • Be an effective teacher of other physicians (including medical students and other residents), as well as other health care personnel and patients.
  • Be proficient in professional and technical skills related to the specialty.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional attitudes consistent with a consultant physician role.
  • Be willing and able to appraise accurately his or her own professional performance.
  • Be willing and able to keep his or her practice current through reading and other modes of continuing medical education.
  • Be able to critically assess the neurological literature as it relates to patient diagnosis, investigation and management.
  • Be able to participate in clinical or basic science studies as a member of a research team.

These elements of competence are expanded as detailed objectives, for greater clarity, in the following pages. The terms “effective” and “appropriate” are used frequently in these statements. “Effective” is defined for the purpose of this document as “adequate to the efficient solution of the problem”. “Appropriate” is defined as “appropriate to the presenting problem(s) and patient attitudes and activity”. Throughout this document, the term “nervous system” is understood to refer to the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, the neuromuscular junction and skeletal muscle.

The detailed objectives describe minimal standards and in no way exclude the necessity for mastery of additional knowledge, skills or attitudes necessary for the most effective management of patients with nervous system disorders.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for McMaster University - Neurology - Hamilton.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Hamilton cityscape
Hamilton is a Canadian port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment, a huge, forested ridge known locally as “the mountain” and dotted with conservation areas and waterfalls, divides the city. The long-distance Bruce Trail runs along the escarpment. HMCS Haida, a naval warship on the city’s lakefront, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in the south, trace Canada’s military past.