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Program Highlights

The Division of Neurology provides the only tertiary level of care for children with neurological disorders in British Columbia.

We offer state-of-the-art care for common and rare diseases of the nervous system, including epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, newborn brain injury, and muscle diseases.

The five-year Pediatric Neurology Residency Training Program is committed to providing an excellent educational experience within the guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

There is close collaboration between the pediatric and adult neurology training programs at UBC and all pediatric trainees must include six months of training in adult neurology in their overall post-graduate education. Pediatric neurological training provided by members of the Division includes experience in general neurology inpatient consultations, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Nursery and Psychiatry, as well as outpatient experience in general and subspecialty pediatric neurology. In addition, there is also training in basic neurosciences (neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuroanatomy) and electrophysiology (EEG and EMG).

All trainees are also expected to become actively involved in research projects that will result in presentations at national and international conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. We offer subspecialty training programs and fellowships in epilepsy, neuromuscular, neuro-oncology, and neonatal neurology.

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General Information

Pediatric Neurology is a 5 year residency program.

The stages of training are as follows:

Transition to residency stage:

These 2 blocks will consist of orientation to the discipline and hospital, curriculum of learning key skills in pediatrics and neurology, and ensuring competencies to move forward in residency.

Foundations stage:

These 21 blocks will be mostly comprised of general pediatric training, psychiatry, neurosurgery, research and pediatric neurology to establish the foundation competencies for pediatric neurology.

Core of discipline stage:

These 34 blocks will address essential competencies that constitute the core of pediatric neurology. It will include 6 months of adult neurology and rotations in neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, epilepsy, neonatal neurology, neuromuscular, community neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, neurogenetics and neuro-oncology.

Transition to practice stage:

Approximately 8 blocks will be to prepare the trainee for readiness for autonomous practice and will include functioning as a junior attending on the ward and out-patient clinic and allow for flexibility for subspecialty training.

Clinical pediatric neurology training consists of involvement in ambulatory and inpatient services, which include emergency and intensive care consultations. We have a robust Virtual Health and Outreach program to serve distant regions of British Columbia. There is ample exposure to various subspecialties in pediatric neurology with opportunity for students to explore personal subspecialty interests in greater depth.



There are expectations that residents will have ongoing involvement in scholarly projects leading to annual presentations at national/international scientific meetings and publications. Residents are expected to report their research progress periodically at the Division Research Rounds. Protected time is available for research. There is a formal curriculum in clinical research methods as part of organized teaching sessions. Strong opportunities for clinical research exist through the residency program in each of the subspecialty areas, with access to methods and biostatics support.



All residents participate regularly at weekly Pediatric Neurology Rounds and city-wide Neuroscience Rounds. A weekly 4 hour course on principles of neurology/basic neurosciences is provided in conjunction with the adult neurology training program. There are numerous scheduled teaching sessions per week, including neuroradiology, subspecialty neurology, video-EEG rounds, and epilepsy surgery conference.

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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 British Columbia - Neurology - Pediatric - Vancouver.
British Columbia
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 onsite/1 in 3 offsite
Maternity Leave
17 weeks, plus up to 78 weeks Parental Leave
Provincial Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Extended Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Yes, mandatory
Dental Plan
100% Premiums Paid
Statutory Holidays
2x pay plus extra day with pay
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes 100% Premiums Paid
Sick Leave
Life Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Updated July 25, 2023

Terms of Agreement April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
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Vancouver (/vænˈkuːvər/ (listen) van-KOO-vər) is a major city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2021 Canadian census recorded 662,248 people in the city, up from 631,486 in 2016. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2.6 million in 2021, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.

Resident Experience

Maksim Parfyonov
Well developed academic program, research opportunities, exposure to wide variety of rare and bread & butter cases. You get a diverse and complete exposition to all the pediatric neurologic conditions since we cover the entire province and Yukon. In other words, we see ALL the pediatric neurology cases! Be ready for zebras and unicorns!

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