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:
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 four 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.
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.
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.
Christopher R. Honey, MD, D.Phil., FRCS
Director, Surgical Centre for Movement Disorders
Suite 8105, 2775 Laurel St.
Canada V5Z 1M9
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.
A list of our past fellows can be found on our Previous Clinical Fellows page.
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.