Dr. Mike Chow

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Jennifer Granfield

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Program Highlights

The primary objective of our neurosurgical program is to develop graduates of excellent moral and ethical character who possess the factual knowledge, surgical technical skills and motivation required to successfully practice neurosurgery in Canada or elsewhere. This is done within a six-year timeframe.

Residents are exposed to a robust and diverse clinical experience at three sites: University Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Residents gain experience in all aspects of subspecialty neurosurgery and innovative neurosurgical equipment (complex spine, neuro-endoscopy, deep brain stimulation, endovascular neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery and Gamma Knife).

Our neurosurgical residency program offers a unique PGY 4 experience. Residents can explore research and pre-fellowship interests and/or further clinical experience (academic or community) during this year.

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General Information

Edmonton is a city of culture, arts, entertainment, sports and retail districts.

Festivals, events and activities are held in all seasons.

The city of Edmonton boasts the largest urban green space in North America. The river valley is a source of pride.

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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 University of Alberta - Neurosurgery - Edmonton.
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Educational Leave
14 days paid leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks/yr
Call Stipends
Weekday in-house – $118.02
Weekend in-house / holiday – $178.72
Weekday home call – $59.01
Weekend home call / holiday – $89.35
Frequency of Calls
In-house call: 7/28. 2/4 weekend call.
Home call: 9/28. 2/4 weekend call
**A Resident scheduled on Home call but who is required to work more than four hours in hospital during the call period, of which more than one full hour is past 12:00 a.m. and before 6:00 a.m., or more than six (6) hours in hospital during the call period, shall be remunerated at the rate for In-House call.$100 per day for each scheduled weekend day of patient rounds when not on-call
Practice Stipend
Extended Health Insurance
75% premium paid $1000 per year Flexible Spending Account*
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
75% premium paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Life Insurance
100% towards $150,000 coverage
Life Support Course Costs (Program Approved)
100% paid
Long-Term Disability Insurance
100% paid for 75% gross income
Statutory Holidays
Paid days. Additional days off are given if resident works the day before and part of a named holiday.
Parental Leave
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits; 52 weeks (inclusive of Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leaves) – unpaid leave
Sick leave
Up to 3 months or to end contract paid leave, whichever occurs first
Maternity Leave
18 weeks total (17 weeks paid to match 90% of salary when combined with EI)

Updated September 9, 2022

Resident Physicians shall advance to the next pay level upon completion of twelve (12) months of service at each level. (PARA Agreement – Article 35)

*Terms of Agreement July 1, 2018 – December 30, 2021

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Walterdale bridge in Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is situated on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region.

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