Welcome to the Stroke Fellowship Training Program at McMaster University.
We aim to offer a vibrant academic atmosphere combined with a focus on clinical excellence in all aspects of stroke care making for an exciting and extraordinary training experience.
Our ten specialty-trained stroke faculty provide a range of expertise and hands-on teaching. The stroke program is the regional referral site for 2.2 million people in Central South Ontario and cares for over 700 acute stroke patients annually at its 62-bed integrated stroke service, consisting of 24 acute stroke beds and 38 rehabilitation beds. There are state-of-the-art neuroimaging and interventional stroke treatment, with ~150 annual mechanical thrombectomies. Over 2500 patients with stroke and threatened stroke are seen annually in our regional stroke prevention and stroke follow-up clinics. Research activities center on our internationally recognized clinical trials, clinical epidemiology, and thrombosis and hemostasis research groups at McMaster University and its affiliated Population Health Research Institute. Fellows will receive closely supervised training in state-of-the-art clinical stroke medicine, and for those fellows undertaking a second year, clinical research training in preparation for an academic career.
There is a full academic schedule, which includes weekly stroke rounds, neuroradiology and neurointerventional rounds, stroke journal clubs, research seminars and neuroscience rounds.
To ensure that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will be well prepared to lead stroke programs at other institutions, the standardized first year will be comprised of core block rotations, including stroke prevention clinic/neurosonology, inpatient stroke unit care, and stroke consult service. Moreover, we provide supervised exposure to hyperacute stroke and endovascular mechanical thrombectomy decision-making during on-call shifts and an opportunity to pursue dedicated blocks in interventional neuroradiology. Additional electives can be arranged in neurorehabilitation, neurointensive care, or neuroradiology.
The successful completion of the fellowship will grant a Fellowship McMaster Certification. Our fellowship is also recognized nationally by the Canadian Stroke Consortium which provides a second certificate of Fellowship completion.
American Society of Neuroimaging Neurosonology CertificationTo date, 4 fellows have taken this the ASN Neurosonology examination with 100% pass rate.
The fellowship program is designed for current residents or recent graduates of:
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Recent graduates are required to submit:
The deadline for applications' submission is July 1st of the year prior to the commencement of their fellowship. Interviews are performed during the month of August. Final decisions are communicated by the end of August.
Self-funded fellows can apply no later than 9-months in advance.
For any questions, please email email@example.com
Aslam Alaykum, "peace be upon you". I graduated from Umm Al-Qura Medical College, Makkah in Saudi Arabia in 2011, and completed the Saudi Board of Neurology in 2018. I worked at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah as a Neurology Resident and then as an Associate Consultant. In Oct 2020, I joined the Stroke fellowship program at McMaster University. I chose McMaster because of the awesome and lovely staff. The environment is full of teaching and research opportunities and mentorship. My areas of interest include stroke prevention and acute stroke care.
Dr. Abhilekh Srivastava completed his medical school in 2010 from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) in Delhi University, India. He was adjudged as the best outgoing medical graduate in his final year of medical school. He then went on to finish a 3 year residency in Internal medicine from 2011-2014 followed by a 3 year residency from 2014-2017 in Neurology from the same university (MAMC and GB Pant Hospital). He was working as a consultant neurologist from 2017-2021 at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi. He was then selected for a clinical stroke fellowship at McMaster university which he started in September 2021. His areas of special interest are therapeutics in acute stroke care and research into population based primary prevention strategies in acute stroke.
The Stroke Medicine fellowship will prepare trainees to be experts in the continuum of stroke care through exposure to a wide variety of patients with stroke and threatened stroke under the supervision of senior stroke program faculty. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will be well prepared to lead stroke programs at other institutions, to continue life long learning in stroke management, and to have experience in conducting stroke research.
Fellows will be expected to prepare and submit at least one scholarly article for publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or present at a national/international conference under the supervision of a faculty mentor. These include critical narrative reviews, systematic reviews, or research data (see below). Fellows will present and discuss clinical cases monthly to the weekly stroke rounds conference, with selected cases published on the stroke program website. Fellows will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to carry out research projects using the databases available from the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network, Population Health Research Institute,
and Regional Health Network. Projects will be developed with and supervised by one of the fellowship co-directors. For selected fellows anticipating a second year of stroke fellowship training, research activities will be expanded and self-initiated projects and grant writing required. Fellows will additionally participate and be trained in the conduct of clinical trials at the site level.
1-2 years. The stroke fellowship program consists of 4 fellows per annum. 2 are fully funded (commensurate) and 2 spots are held for self-funded applicants.
We are very grateful for the generous support of the Marta and Owen Boris Foundation which has been pivotal in the expansion and success of our Stroke Fellowship Program which has trained 18 fellows from 6 countries as of July 2020.
Additional sources of funding:
Salient, distinctive aspects of the stroke fellowship program include: