Undergraduate medical students are exposed to neurosurgery at several opportunities during their student years. During the Med II year Neurosciences block, students received formal didactic lectures on neurotrauma, brain tumors, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The Med II Neuroanatomy laboratory sessions also address neurosurgery, including a didactic talk on Neurosurgery and Clinically Applied Anatomy.
During the clerkship years, TV link seminars address the subjects of head injury, neurosurgery emergencies, brain tumours, and conditions of the spine. This offers students opportunities to engage in small group discussions highlighting important areas in neurosurgery.
Students are encouraged to undertake neurosurgery electives during their selective rotation of the surgical block of the Clinical Clerkship. Typically students will spend a two-week period in the Section of Neurosurgery and gain wide exposure to the various fields in the section.
There are also opportunities for students to participate in summer research projects as part of the B.Sc. Med. Program.
Postgraduate Education Program
The neurosurgical residency program is enhanced by a full range of modern diagnostic equipment and Canada's first gamma knife unit, as well as a close link with the Section of Neurology and a strong core of neuroscience teaching and research at the University and Winnipeg's two major teaching hospitals.