Cardiac anesthesiology

Description of the fellow 

The Department of Anesthesiology offers a 12-month fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology.Usually, this fellowship takes place as per the academic year, from July 1st to June 30th. Dates can be modified if necessary.             Please, note that the interview must be done before June of the previous academic year. 

The program consists of three components:

• Training in cardiac anesthesiology: This component includes preoperative assessments, induction techniques in cardiac anesthesiology, the particular hemodynamic aspects of different cardiac pathologies, the principles of extracorporeal circulation, blood preservation techniques and indications for transfusion. Fellows develop this expertise through daily exposure to patients in the operating room.

• Training in perioperative ultrasound: The training goals for perioperative ultrasound are available from the following site: http://www.anesth.umontreal.ca/MMD6500/. At the end of the fellowship, the candidate should be able to independently perform transesophageal echocardiograms in the operating room and be qualified to write a perioperative transesophageal echocardiography exam of the National Board of Echocardiography. The candidate should be able to perform at least 300 transesophageal echocardiograms (advanced level) and review at least 50 echocardiograms from the examination bank.

• Research training: During the fellowship, the candidate is expected to become involved in the group's research activities and to publish at least one research article or literature review in cardiac anesthesiology.


During the fellowship, you will be conducting clinical exams and procedures on patients, which means you will have to obtain privileges as a fellow.

To obtain these privileges, you must meet the following conditions:

• Have a grant from a recognized agency, as positions are reserved solely for grant holders. This grant must be a minimum of C$40,000 per year. To obtain funding, candidates should apply for grants from recognized agencies. Different departments at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) offer scholarships; however, these scholarships are limited and awarded on a competitive basis.
• Have very good knowledge of French. The MHI is a Francophone hospital and all clinical activities are conducted in French. The patients are Francophone, progress notes are written in French, and all meetings are held in French.
• Pay the tuition fees charged by Université de Montréal.
• Hold a specialist's certificate that allows you to practise medicine in your country.
• Have a letter of recommendation from the dean of the faculty of medicine where you are taking or where you finished your specialty as well as a letter of recommendation from the dean of the faculty of medicine at Université de Montréal.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application at least 18 months in advance, as the process to become a fellow is quite long.

For more information about this process, please consult the Université de Montréal website.