Cardiac prevention and rehabilitation

Description of the fellow 

The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Service offers a 12- to 24-month fellowship. During the fellowship, candidates must acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of cardiac prevention and rehabilitation, particularly in exercise physiology and VO2 Max. The candidate must also acquire knowledge in epidemiology and statistics. Candidates who choose a 24-month fellowship may also complete a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Université de Montréal (which involves 0.5 days/week of courses at the university). The general goals of the program are as follows:

• Conduct cardiovascular evaluations in primary and secondary prevention for at least 2 half-days/week under the supervision of an attending physician (cardiologist or internist).
• Hold office hours under the supervision of a cardiologist for at least 2 half-days/week.
• Participate in 1 half-day/week of stress testing at the Montreal Heart Institute under the supervision of a cardiologist in the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Service.
• Help monitor exercise in patients with a high or moderate risk of a cardiovascular pathology for at least 1 half-day/week.
• Collaborate on all research projects at the Centre ÉPIC and monitor stress testing and fitness sessions for these projects.
• Create an original research project, submit it to different committees, and carry it out once it has been approved. Write a scientific publication related to the project.
• Master the technique of measuring maximum oxygen uptake (VO2 Max).


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.