Division of Neurology

Neurology Residency Program Application

We are delighted to see your interest in our Neurology Residency Program at McMaster University. We offer professional training based on exposure to a wide range of neurological disorders. Our faculty will guide you in general and in major subspecialties of our discipline. Our goal is for each resident to complete the training program as per the Royal College CanMed format. Research in the field is part of our training.  At the end of training residents will achieve a high level of clinical competence and unmistakable self-confidence as a neurologist. The training at our institute is broad based to practice either in an academic centre or in the community.

Application Process

Ontario Ministry Of Health Funded Positions
Residents who are eligible for Ontario Ministry of Health funded training positions should apply though the Canadian Residency Matching Service.   Application policies are still under review and applicants should periodically check the CaRMS website for updates regarding requirements and deadlines.

Residents unsure if they qualify for training in Ontario should consult the published requirements for eligibility available on the website for the McMaster University Postgraduate Medical Education Program.
Further information is also available at

International Medical Graduates (Visa Trainees)
Applicants funded by governments outside of Canada should not apply through CaRMS but should send their application package directly to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office before September 1st. Packages of those eligible for training at McMaster University will be forwarded to the Program Director in September for further consideration.
Application packages for non-Ontario Ministry of Health-funded positions should provide the following documents:

  • A completed Postgraduate Medical Education Application Form
  • A minimum of three (3) letters of reference (with one being from the resident’s Internal Medicine Program Director)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • A personal letter of up to 750 words that outlines the resident’s motivation for choosing a career in Neurology and reasons for applying to McMaster University.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Details of sponsorship
  • Documentation of successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination

The Appointment Process:
Each year we accept three residents (two from CMG and one from IMG) into our program through CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching System). The applications from central pool are collected and reviewed by a committee consisting of senior residents in the program along with faculty in the residency committee. We shortlist candidates for interview based on common entry requirements. The entry requirements will be formulated by our committee and it will be applied uniformly to all candidates. Interviews will take place in the beginning of the calendar year. The date will be coordinated with other programs in the country. Interview questions will be common to all candidates and plan of the interview process will be stipulated by the committee members. Each candidate will be interviewed at two stations and also an informal chat with one or more of our residents. Based on the outcome of the interview, grades in exams, research and electives the candidates will be ranked and posted in the CaRMS website.
The evening before the interview date there will be dinner get-together with faculty and residents which will include a presentation about the program and information about the city of Hamilton. There will be a question and answer session with the director.

The Program
The program consists of 5 years of training. The program details can be found in our webpage. There is ample elective time during the 60-month residency. This is your time to test skills or develop new ones that will be conducive to achieving your personal career goals. The department provides educational support including book allowance and fully paid travel to one national conference each year.  Additional meetings may be supported if the resident is presenting a paper or a poster. Research grants may be available based on individual project and fund availability. The program is flexible to accommodate individual residents interest within the frame work of the Royal college guidelines.

The McMaster Way
The teachings at McMaster are problem based and evidence based. We are proud of our successful residents from the program.

For further information contact me at: sahlas@mcmaster.ca
Demetrios J. Sahlas, MD, FRCP(C), DABPN

Program Assistant
Erica Pratt
905.521.2100 ext 44380