Dr. Colleen Curtis
The Pediatric Neurology Residency training Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the University of Calgary, offers a diverse and exciting educational experience. We have a strong commitment to clinical care, teaching and research.
The ratio of faculty to residents is better that 1:1.
Residents are exposed to a wide variety of neurological disorders, both common and rare, through a combination of out-patient clinics and in-patient services or consults (General Pediatrics Ward, Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care). While on service residents will be exposed to several roles including that of a consultant neurologist for inpatient referrals as well as those from the outpatient program, as well as the primary care physician for patients admitted directly under the Neurology service (this typically consists of 3-5 patients).
Residents on-service also manage our Urgent Clinic, which typically sees 2-3 patients per day, and serves to expedite Neurology referrals from the Community of the Emergency Department.
A strong and vibrant collaborative relationship exists between many disciplines with overlapping involvement in children and youth with neurological disorders. These include; Neurosurgery, Physiatry, Metabolics, Genetics, Neuroradiology, Developmental Pediatrics and General Pediatrics, to name a few. We also have a very close relationship with the Adult Neurology program, and the residents from both programs share part of their protected academic half-day.
To facilitate academic enhancement residents have the opportunity to participate and attend several weekly formal clinical and research rounds. These include, but are not limited to: pediatric neurology, city wide clinical neurosciences(combined neurology/neurosurgery/neuropathology/neuroradiology) rounds, EEG/neurophysiology seminars, seizure conferences, brain injury rounds, stroke rounds, neuroradiology teaching seminars and developmental neuroscience grand rounds.
Junior Pediatric Neurology residents (PGY1 and PGY2) are assigned to a faculty preceptor and attend clinics during their core pediatric rotations, when possible. Senior Pediatric Neurology residents (PGY3-PGY5) have their ownweeklylongitudinalclinic designed to foster independence and a sense of ownership for patient care.