Selection Criteria

Attracting exceptional residents

CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service)
To provide neurosurgical care that meets the needs of our region, the Division of Neurosurgery accepts one resident per year through CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service).

Every year, our Neurosurgery Residency Program attracts excellent applicants from across Canada. To apply, you should have a good academic record as well as proficiency in subjects related to neurosurgery and a strong interest in the specialty. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate and interrelate with others, and on your work ethic, maturity and insight.


Arrangements for interviews will be made after a short list of applicants has been created. On very rare occasions, a telephone interview may be offered as a substitute for an on-site interview.

The process consists of two 30 – 60-minute personal interviews by neurosurgical faculty to assess scholarly abilities, suitability, and personal skills, and to answer candidate questions regarding the program. You will receive a tour of our facilities and have an opportunity to meet and discuss the program with a senior resident.

Personal letter

You are to provide a brief (one page) personal letter summarizing your reasons for choosing this specialty and any special qualifications.

Reference letters

We require three letters of reference. Although we will accept a reference from a senior resident, we prefer references from medical teachers and at least one from a neurosurgeon. Late references will be accepted until the end of December. Your references should include descriptions of your interest and proficiency in the specialty, your interpersonal skills and your work habits.

Selection policy

Preference will initially be given to Canadian medical school graduates who have not had previous post-MD clinical training. All other Canadian citizens and landed immigrants will be considered through the second iteration of the CaRMS match.