Residency Curriculum

The MUN Neurology Residency Program is committed to training and preparing future neurologists for academic and community practices with a solid foundation in general neurology. The vast majority of our residents ultimately pursue further subspecialty/fellowship training, which is well supported by the program’s flexible schedule, ample elective opportunities, early responsibility due to the smaller program size, and early mentorship opportunities thanks to the close and collegial group.
In July 2020, the Neurology Residency Program transitioned to Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME). This is a five-year program divided into 4-week rotations/blocks.

Training Schedule

The training schedule is broadly divided into three parts: Foundations, Core, and Transition to Practice.

PGY 1 (Transition to Discipline)

Residents begin with Transition to Discipline. This includes 2 blocks of inpatient neurology/wards and 1 block each of neurology consults, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, and neuroradiology. Off-service rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, selectives, and an elective complement training.

PGY 2 (Foundations & Core)

This year completes Foundations and transitions to Core neurology training. Residents will inpatient neurology/wards, neurology consults, neurology clinics, community neurology (St. John, NB), and physiatry (OOP). In addition, they rotate through ICU, CCU, psychiatry consultations, geriatric psychiatry, and palliative care.

PGY 3 (Core)

Core training in Neurology begins. Time dedicated to gaining experience with neurology inpatients, the consultation service, electives, research, and EEG (1 block in St. John’s and 1 block at McGill or Toronto). Residents also start doing their longitudinal clinic.  

PGY 4 (Core)

Residents rotate through EMG, pediatric neurology, clinics, neuropathology. Further elective time allows residents to pursue subspecialty interests. Residents complete the Royal College Written Examination at the end of this year (CBME only).

PGY 5 (Transition to Practice)

This year is dedicated to transitioning to practice and preparing for the Royal College OSCE. Residents spend time as a Junior Attending, doing clinic rotations, research, and get further elective time.

Sample Schedule

1 Selectives in general medicine are chosen from a list based on availability such as infectious disease, rheumatology, endocrinology, medical oncology, gastroenterology, nephrology, respirology, etc. 

2 Electives can be done in any neurology subspecialty and at any institution subject to elective availability at the accommodating program and program director approval. Alternatively, electives can be used in general neurology such as clinics or for a research project.

3 Community neurology is done in Saint John, New Brunswick. Round trip travel is reimbursed, and accommodations are provided since this is a core rotation.

4 Physiatry can only be done at select institutions. Round trip travel and accommodations are reimbursed by Eastern Health since this is a core rotation.

5 Option to complete at McGill or Toronto. Round trip travel and accommodations are reimbursed by Eastern Health since this is a core rotation.