Cardiac surgery

Description of the fellow 

The Department of Surgery offers a 12- to 24-month fellowship to doctors who have already obtained specialty certification in cardiac surgery in their home country. The rotations mainly take place in operating rooms, where candidates are exposed to valve, coronary, aortic, transplantation and mechanical heart implantation techniques as well as minimally invasive and transapical valve procedures. Clinical exposure also includes rotations in surgical intensive care (including on-call duty in this unit), preoperative consultations and postoperative care. Candidates who choose a 24-month fellowship may also complete a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Université de Montréal. A number of members of the Department of Surgery are very active in research and available to supervise research (e.g., cardiac arrhythmias, pathologies of the aorta and aortic valve, coronary endothelial function). All candidates have the opportunity to take part in clinical research projects. Teaching activities that include scientific presentations, wet labs, reading clubs and practice tests take place every Thursday afternoon.


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.