McMaster University

McMaster University

Neuroradiology Residency Program Description

The McMaster Neuroradiology Program is designed to produce strong clinical neuroradiologists. The program fosters the development of neuroradiology skills as well as strong consultative skills. As a program, we strive to produce neuroradiologists who will be life-long learners, able to respond to increasing demands of our exciting, rapidly expanding medical subspecialty. The program has an accredited status by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is designed to meet its specifications, as well as address comprehensive CanMEDS Roles.

On completion of the educational program, the graduate physician will be competent to function as a consultant in Neuroradiology. This requires the physician to acquire the ability to supervise and advice on imaging procedures, as well as perform these to such a level of competence, and across the diverse range of the subspecialty, as to function as a consultant to referring family physicians and mostly specialists.

Communication skills, knowledge, and technical skills are the three pillars on which a neuroradiological career is built. All three depend on the acquisition of an attitude to the practice of medicine which recognizes both the need to establish a habit of continual learning and recognition of the importance of promoting a team approach to the provision of imaging services.

The program provides 2 core years of training in diagnostic neuroradiology. On successful completion, the physician will shall have the necessary skills to maintain a consulting practice in general diagnostic neuroradiology

The core program introduces the Trainee to the discipline of neuroradiology. The training will be clinical (minimum of 24 months) but will also provide training in clinical and/or research neuroradiology.

The overall goal of the program is to produce a neuroradiologist who:

  1. Has clinical competence in the field of neuroradiology, with expertise in performing diagnostic neuroradiological procedures.

    The resident will be able to:

    • Interpret plain film, ultrasound, CT and MRI in hospitalized and ambulatory patients.
    • Serve as a consultant to general practitioners and other specialists such as neurologists, neurosurgeons, head & neck surgeons, spine surgeons, oncologists, physiatrists, and ophthalmologists.
    • Arrange for, supervise and perform complex diagnostic procedures in the sub-speciality.
  2. Has the ability to develop and carry out research projects, clinical or basic science, in the field of neuroradiology. It is not expected that the trainee will have the skills to conduct independent sophisticated research on completion of the 2 year program.
  3. Has interest and ability to teach neuroradiology to undergraduates, postgraduates and colleagues.

Additional years of training will be encouraged for those wishting to pursue a career in interventional or pediatric neuroradiology or in academic research.

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