Fellowship Training and Observer Visits

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 Accepting Applications for June 2019 Onwards

There is one funded and one un-funded fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery available at the Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders in Vancouver.  Fellows typically train for a one year period (special arrangements can be made for a 2 year fellowship). The funded position is supported by donation from our team at CDN$50,000 for one year and the un-funded position must be financially supported by your home institution or government. Please note that the Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders charges a tuition fee for Fellows being supported by their home country ($CDN 50,000).

Fellows will have hands-on participation in all stereotactic & functional procedures at Vancouver General Hospital. The Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders is the only neurosurgical facility in British Columbia (>4 million people) performing:

  • Deep Brain Stimulation (thalamic, pallidal, subthalamic)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation research (spasmodic dysphonia, depression, obesity)
  • Lesion surgery (Anterior Capsulotomy, Pallidotomy, Thalamotomy)
  • Pain surgery (Cordotomy, Mesencephalotomy, Punctate Myelotomy)
  • Trigeminal nucleotractotomy
  • Motor Cortex Stimulation
  • Occipital Nerve Stimulation

We also have a very large referral base for trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm and spasticity. Fellows will get hands-on experience with percutaneous trigeminal rhizotomy, microvascular decompression (V, VII, IX), and spinal pump insertion.

Our facilities include microelectrode recording and Stealth Neuronavigation. We have a strong collaboration with the movement neurologists at U.B.C. and our Neuropsychology team. Fellows will be required to participate in clinical research and will help run the Deep Brain Stimulation Clinic. in the DBS Clinic, fellows will learn how to adjust DBS parametres and resolve complications.

One of our previous fellows, Mr. Ian Low, provided a short article on his experience during Fellowship training. It was published in the Royal College of Surgeons of England Bulletin. You can read this article by clinking the link Ann R Coll Surg Engl (Suppl) 2007:89:354-356.

 

 

Aerial view of Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC

About Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and recently hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics! The American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery held its biannual meeting here in 2008. The XIIIth International Congress on Parkinson’s Disease was held here in 1999.  Vancouver is known for its outstanding outdoor activities, restaurants, and safe environment. The best ski resort in North America, Whistler-Blackcomb, is 90 minutes away. The climate is tempered by the Pacific Ocean. Information about Vancouver, Canada can be found at www.tourism-vancouver.org.

 

 

 

Application for Fellowships

Eligible candidates include:

  1. Licensed to practice neurosurgery in Canada or their home country (Clinical Fellow); or still completing neurosurgery training in Canada or their home country (Clinical Trainee)
  2. Planning a career in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery
  3. Proficiency in English (oral and written) is required.  This is a requirement from the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in order to provide a temporary educational medical licence.  Candidates who did NOT receive their medical training in English, must submit proof of proficiency in English with a TOEFL-IBT total score of 96 (including 24 in each of the four sections).  Please submit your TOEFL iBT score online through your account by selecting “Register for Test/Order Score Report” > TOEFL services > Additional Score Report. Enter our College’s recipient code 6533, and search and select the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.  Your TOEFL score is valid for 2 years from the test.
  4. Be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.  See the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons website

View of downtown Vancouver and North Shore Mountains

Interested candidates should send:

  1. A letter outlining why they wish to train in stereotactic & functional Neurosurgery
  2. Two letters of reference (including a letter of support from their Chairman)
  3. Their curriculum vitae (highlighting publications)
  4. Their email address, fax and phone contact numbers to:

Christopher R. Honey, MD, D.Phil., FRCS
Director, Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders
Suite 8105, 2775 Laurel St.
Vancouver, BC
Canada  V5Z 1M9
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tel: +1 604 875 5894
fax: +1 604 875 4882

There is more general information on Clinical Fellowships at the University of British Columbia Post-Graduate Medical Education Web Site.

 

Previous Clinical Fellows

A list of our past fellows can be found on our Previous Clinical Fellows page.

 

Observer Visits

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia allows surgeons from other countries to visit our facility if they want to watch and learn how we operate. If your visit is less than 7 days, you do not have to demonstrate proficiency in English. If your visit is more than a week, you will have to complete a TOEFL exam within two years of your visit. The details of the requirements are on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia website. You will need to send a letter to Professor Honey detailing why you would like to visit and include a CV.