Neuropathology Residency Training Program Overview

Program Length: Five years
Session Dates: July 1 – June 30
Program Structure: Series of mandatory and elective rotations as well weekly didactic sessions
Evaluation Methods: Direct Observation, Written, Slide and Oral Exams, Resident Portfolio
Program Director: P. Shannon
Accreditation: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, American Board of Pathology

Program Structure

PGY 1 - The first year is a general clinical year similar to a rotating internship, with rotations in, but not limited to:

  • internal medicine
  • neurology
  • neurosurgery
  • pediatrics (neurology)
  • neuroradiology
  • psychiatry
  • neuropathology

PGY 2 - The next 12 months of the program is composed of "core" training in anatomical pathology. This provides experience in both autopsy pathology and surgical pathology.

PGY 3 and 4 - Teaching is provided in:

  • neuroanatomy
  • immunohistochemistry
  • muscle histochemistry
  • electron microscopy
  • concepts of molecular biology as it applies to neuropathology.

Experience using telepathology is available.

PGY 5 - A further 12 months are available for elective rotation, additional neuropathology, and/or research

Elective Rotations - Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery

Research - Research may be based on clinical material or an experimental project may be undertaken. Areas of research interest in the division include:

  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • neuromuscular disease
  • brain tumours
  • pediatric neuropathology at both the morphological and molecular level.        

The volume of material for teaching is extensive in both breadth and depth and is larger than any other centre in Canada.

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Applying to the Program


Candidates with Canadian Citizenship or Permament Residency must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed at the CaRMs website:

Selection Criteria

Academic performance, letters of reference and impression at interview. We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our specialty, although this is not mandatory.

Given the large number of applicants each year, we are not able to offer an interview to all candidates. Personal interviews are offered to candidates based on the criteria listed above and are mandatory for admission to the program.

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experience as Canadian Medical Graduates.

Sponsored Residencies

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine also has sponsorship agreements with various governments regarding training at the University. Applicants from these countries must have the approval of the sponsor involved. Applicants must have the sponsor contact the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) directly with approval before formally applying to a training program. Further details regarding sponsorship requirements and the countries involved is available at the PGME website:


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Neuropathology Web Portal

The portal is a web “space” on the University of Toronto Quercus system where information specific to the Neuropathology progam is kept. Content is developed and maintained for and by residents and all program-wide announcements are posted there. Other information available:

  • online textbooks
  • pathology links
  • discussion groups
  • allocation schedule
  • Academic Half-Day Schedules and past presentations
  • LMP guidelines and forms
  • PGCorED Modules

To obtain an account on the portal, please contact the LMP Postgraduate Office: 

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