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Students and Faculty

The school has a student population of 2,550, 2,500 adjunct and clinical faculty, and 511 full-time faculty. It is housed at the university’s Foothill Campus on Hospital Drive.

Institutes and Departments

There are 16 clinical departments, including Cardiac Sciences, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Community Health Sciences. The school also has basic science departments – Psychology and Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The Department of Medical Genetics offers clinical genetics services, volunteering opportunities, and summer studentships. The Department of Cardiac Sciences offers clinical services such as treatment, assessment, triage, and testing for abnormalities. The Cardiac Function Clinic is a specialized clinic that serves patients in need of close monitoring. The clinic offers medication management services, patient teaching, and ongoing physical assessment. Patients are offered care and services in four locations, including the Foothills Medical Centre, South Health Campus, and Rockyview General Hospital. The Department of Critical Care is involved in research and teaching and has 63 beds. Its team consists of speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and other professionals. The department offers residency and specialty programs, fellowships, and other curriculum and educational activities.

The Cumming School of Medicine also has a Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine that offers medical laboratory training, postdoctoral fellowships, and graduate and undergraduate programs. The list of programs includes neuropathology, medical microbiology, and general pathology residency and Pathologists’ Assistant M.Sc. Program. Students enrolled in the anatomical pathology residency program study medical oncology, surgery, anatomical pathology, internal medicine, and other subjects. Students who choose the neuropathology program are offered clinical training and courses such as neurology, pediatrics, general surgery, and neurosurgery. The medical microbiology residency covers all areas of medical microbiology and internal medicine, including emergency medicine, general surgery, virology, and bacteriology.

Programs

The Bachelor of Health Sciences Program is an intensive program that focuses on three areas, health and society, biomedical sciences, and bioinformatics. The list of career paths for graduates includes pharmaceutical research scientist, pathologist assistant, lawyer, and biomedical illustrator. The Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation Program teaches students to advance social change and improve the wellbeing of people living with disabilities. Students are offered a selection of courses with a focus on disability and mental health, marginalized groups, social justice, and community rehabilitation. They can choose from different specializations such as medical evaluation, health economics, and health services research. The Calgary Health Region and Faculty of Medicine also founded 7 thematic institutes, among which the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, and Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Scholarships

The Pathways to Medicine Scholarship is a program that includes a summer internship, relocation allowance, and tuition and fees. Only students from low-income families are eligible to apply provided that they are residents of Alberta and are enrolled in the University of Calgary. Applicants are asked to provide full transcripts, parents’ education and occupation, basic demographics, nomination letter, and other information and documents. Shortlisted applicants must submit a secondary application with details such as previous awards, employment experience, and 3 letters of reference. Funding opportunities are also available in the form of post-doctoral, internal, and faculty external funding, and endowments. For help with funding visit: https://www.lifeoncredit.ca/ or for more details around student loans go to: https://www.lifeoncredit.ca/student-loans-in-canada-the-ultimate-guide/. You can also find this credit card guide useful: https://www.lifeoncredit.ca/top-6-secured-credit-cards-for-canadians/

Neurology in Canada

 

Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system and brain, including multiple sclerosis, migraine, epilepsy, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. In Canada, neurologists communicate with and educate patients and their families, provide treatment and diagnosis, and conduct science and clinical studies.

 

Undergraduate students can choose from two specialties – pediatric or adult neurologist. The residency training program for both specialties includes 3 or more years of residency training in neurology and 1 year of basic clinical training. To be fully licensed as a pediatric neurologist, residents receive training in pediatrics while certification as an adult neurologist requires training in internal medicine.

 

A number of Canadian universities offer neurology programs and training, among which the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and University of Manitoba. In addition to teaching, the University of Manitoba is involved in research with a focus on neurophysiology, neuroimmunology, neurological infections, and epidemiology of movement disorders and multiple sclerosis. Students who opt for training in adult neurology take blocks of rheumatology, general internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and neurology. The Division of Neurology at the University of British Columbia is involved in research and clinical research in areas such as motor neuronal disease, neurodegenerative disorders, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Many of the activities take place in healthcare settings, among which the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, BC Children Hospital, and Vancouver General Hospital. Applicants can choose from different programs, including Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuro-Oncology, Neuro-Genetics, Multiple Sclerosis, and Basic Neuroscience. The team of researchers at the Simon Fraser University includes psychologists, biomedical psychologists, and developmental, molecular, and cell biologists. The undergraduate program in Behavioral Neuroscience covers a number of subareas such as psychology, general physiology, biological rhythms, neurological disorders, cognitive neuroscience, and sensorimotor neuroscience. Students gain knowledge and skills required to enroll in graduate programs in physiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, and occupational and physical therapy.

 

The number of neurologists per 100,000 population is the largest in Ontario (379) and Quebec (302), followed by Alberta (141) and British Columbia (138). It is the lowest in Prince Edward Island (3), New Brunswick (8), and Newfoundland and Labrador (10). By gender, 35 percent of professionals in Canada are female and 65 percent are male. When it comes to age, 29 percent of physicians are 35 – 44 years of age and 25 percent are in the group 45 – 54 years old.

 

The majority of physicians or 52 percent work in academic health sciences centres while 33 percent work in private clinics and offices. Other practice settings for neurologists include non-AHSC teaching hospitals (5 percent), community hospitals (6 percent), and other hospitals (2 percent). Just 1 percent of physicians in Canada work in universities and only 1 percent in emergency departments. The majority of neurologists or 79 percent offer on-call services. The fee-for-service payment of physicians is at around $310,790 a year.