Dr. David Chan (@UofTNeurologyPD)

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Daniel Johnston

Program Coordinator
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Program Highlights

Our program is incredibly diverse with representation from all neurological subspecialties, and trainees and staff from all over the world working out of more than five different hospitals. Check out video tours of three of the main teaching sites here:

Residents have access to unique opportunities including NIRVE, Early Mentorship Program, Women in Neurology mentorship events and elective, Global Health Education Initiative and international neurology electives, etc.

The University of Toronto offers even more unique opportunities including graduate degree programs in neuroscience, clinical epidemiology, medical education and health systems leadership, ( and Clinician-Scientist programs, Co-Learning Curriculum in Quality Improvement, AI in medicine, and so much more.

Toronto is an innovation and research hub, even as a resident you often work directly with international leaders in neurology and interdisciplinary fields.

U of T Neurology is the country’s largest neurology program giving you the chance to work with and train alongside some of Canada’s brightest and most wonderful residents.

These are only a few! For a more comprehensive list, please visit the CaRMS website for our full program description. Please also have a look at this list of our program resources.


Toronto Highlights

Toronto has the best and most diverse food scene in the country. With Summerlicious and Winterlicious you can try some of Canada’s finest cuisine at accessible prices. If you are more of a street food fan, Toronto is also host to tons of festivals: Taste of Little Italy, Taste the Danforth, Taco Fest, Mac and Cheese Fest, etc.

We The North! (Raptors, Leafs, Jays, TFC, Argonauts, Marlies, Rogers Cup, enough said)
Theatre or music buff? Toronto gets Broadway’s biggest shows and is a staple touring site for most international musicians. And don’t forget the symphony, ballet, opera, Fringe, Shakespeare in High Park, and TIFF!

Toronto is an international beacon of diversity and inclusivity. By some standards, it is considered the most diverse city in the world with Torontonians speaking over 180 different languages!

Think you’ll miss the outdoors? Think again! We’ve got High Park, Brickworks, Harbourfront, Scarborough Bluffs, and the Toronto Island (get the ice cream, you’ll thank us later).

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General Information

There has never been a more exciting time to learn and practice neurology. The University of Toronto Adult Neurology Residency Program seeks all-round applicants who have a strong passion in pursuing a career as a neurologist in either community or academic practice, and who can contribute to the ongoing evolution of our program through educational, quality improvement and research endeavours. Our top commitment is to train future neurologists with excellent clinical and patient care skills to serve our population for the prevention, diagnosis and management of neurological diseases. We also aim to train future academic scientists, investigators and educators to advance our specialty. Our graduates are competent and devoted clinicians who serve a diverse patient population regardless of their race, ethnic or cultural origin, language, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, mental or physical illness/disability, socioeconomic status and age.

We also seek applicants who are committed to contribute to the diverse background and interests of our current trainees, as well as a positive learning and working environment that enhance the well-being of oneself and colleagues, through a culture of collaborative learning, mutual respect and support. Resident wellness is a key priority of our program.

Communication and interpersonal skills are paramount to excellent neurologic care. We therefore value applicants who can demonstrate these skills in both patient care and interprofessionally.

We also look for applicants who are invested in advancing our residency program. Our current residents give back to the program, the community, and the specialty at large. Examples include:

  • Improving neurology education for neurology and off-service residents, as well as medical students
  • Conducting quality improvement projects related to patient care and education
  • Participating in research in neurology or related disciplines
  • Advocating for marginalized patients and populations
  • Creating initiatives to improve our program’s equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting resident and physician wellness

In summary, our program seeks excellent communicators with diverse interests and backgrounds who will enrich our training program and the field of neurology for years to come.

All of the supporting documentation listed below must be provided by the applicants before their file can be considered for review. Applicants providing strong evidence of the following in their application file will be prioritized for further consideration: (a) excellent academic/clinical performance exemplifying all CanMEDS roles, (b) unequivocal desire and motivation to pursue neurology as a career, supported by strong reference letters, a compelling personal statement, and ideally an elective in neurology, (c) demonstrated interest in scholarly activities, which can include anything from the history of neurology to quality improvement and education, and to clinical and basic science research, and (d) meaningful and sustained engagement in leadership and extracurricular activities.

For every residency position in our program, approximately five applicants will be interviewed. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate at the interviews: (a) their interest in neurology and in our program, (b) their insight into current issues in the field of neurology, (c) their ability to reflect on a multitude of experiences in their medical training to date, and (d) their skills related to various intrinsic CanMEDS roles.

Applicants will be selected based on their application file and interview performance. Our program is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. The selection committee reserves the right to adjust final rankings by consensus to address issues of program priority and diversity.

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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 Toronto - Neurology - Toronto.
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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Explore Location

Toronto city skyline from the water
Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo.

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