Dr. Colin Kazina
The Health Sciences Centre and Winnipeg Children’s Hospital are the main sites associated with the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at the University of Manitoba. These are equipped with modern diagnostic equipment including 1.5 and 3T MR imaging (including an intra-operative MRI Suite, i.e. IMRIS), high-resolution CT scanning and angiographic capabilities. Health Sciences Centre is also home to Canada’s first Gamma Knife unit. During their training, residents are exposed to the full range of neurosurgical subspecialties, including epilepsy, neuro-oncology, vascular, spinal, pediatric, trauma and functional neurosurgery. In addition to clinical neurosurgery, residents rotate through neurology, neuroradiology and neuropathology, along with other surgical and medical subspecialties. Throughout their six years in training, residents are given increasing responsibility, culminating in oversight of the functioning of the neurosurgery unit during their final chief resident year. Residents are also encouraged to undertake research projects throughout their training. An optional research year is included within residency training in the program. Residents generally elect to conduct this research within their PGY 3 or PGY 4 year. Those residents who are interested in an academic career are advised to take an advanced degree, and may be supported through the Clinician Investigator Program at the University of Manitoba. Some trainees choose to enroll in the Masters of Science Program open to residents in Surgery at the University of Manitoba.