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Fellowship Programs

Advanced clinical training in a research-intense environment

Through our fellowship programs you will receive advanced clinical training, and exceptional teaching and research opportunities. Each of our fellowships is structured to meet your individual aspirations. Each has an application deadline of July 1st, for a start date of July 1st the following year.

Each of our fellowship programs includes:

  • a competitive salary
  • support and mentorship to help you meet your clinical, education and research goals
  • supported opportunities to attend professional conferences
  • established research infrastructure
  • clinical, research and administrative space and infrastructure

Fellowship program descriptions

Airway

Through our airway fellowship, you will learn all airway techniques, including surgical airway in pediatric, obstetric and adult populations. You will learn from the best: our diverse and experienced faculty are well-known for teaching airway courses and workshops nationally and internationally. You will also be offered many opportunities to develop skills in clinical care, judgment, teaching and research.

You will direct and supervise clinical care of patients with difficult airways at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the IWK Health Centre, as well as in our state-of-the-art simulation centre. Additionally, you will be encouraged and supported to teach airway courses and workshops.

We offer you opportunities to participate in local, national and international teaching forums and to participate in and conduct research studies in clinical and simulated settings. You will also be supported to submit manuscripts and abstracts for publication and scientific meetings.

Further information is available in the fellowship brochure [PDF - 435 KB].

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Cardiac anesthesia

The QEII Health Sciences Centre is the referral cardiovascular centre for Canada’s Maritime provinces. Affiliated with Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, it is the largest teaching hospital in Atlantic Canada, with more than 1,500 learners.

Our Cardiac Anesthesia Program offers an updated competency-based and evidence-based approach. Our objective is to train the fellow in the perioperative care of the adult patient with cardiovascular diseases undergoing cardiac surgery, diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures, including perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.  

As a cardiac anesthesia fellow, you will receive training in perioperative care for the cardiac patient undergoing cardiac surgery, diagnostic and interventional procedures and emphasizes on perioperative transesophageal echocardiography, blood management and patient safety.

The fellowship will complete rotations in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Rotation and Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.  Within the program fellows will gain training in CPD procedures – CABG, single valve, combined CABG and valve, heart transplants, TEEs, major vascular procedures, Pace-maker and ICDs, trans-catheter diagnostic/therapeutic procedures with anesthesia care, and electrophysiology procedures.

Our Centre has four cardiac operating rooms, two hybrid interventional suites, four cath lab rooms, two EP lab rooms, and provides peri-operative echocardiography in all non-cardiac anesthesia and the CVICU. All our echo machines have 3D capabilities. 

The fellowship includes completion of a clinical research project for presentation at a major meeting (CSA, ASA, or SCA) or publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Faculty from the Department of Anesthesia and other collaborating departments will serve as mentors, offering expertise in diverse research, academic and clinical areas.

LEARN MORE [PDF - 404 KB].

Chronic pain management

The QEII Health Sciences Centre provides high-quality, compassionate health care to tens of thousands of Atlantic Canadians each year. Affiliated with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, the QEII is a centre of excellence in health research and, with more than 1,500 learners, is the largest teaching hospital in Atlantic Canada. The Pain Management Unit (PMU) is a university-affiliated tertiary care clinic administered by the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine with 10 physicians representing anesthesia, psychiatry and addiction medicine. The PMU is also closely associated with psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pain nursing. 

At least six months of the year-long fellowship will take place in our multidisciplinary unit. There will be an opportunity to work in palliative care, psychiatry and addiction medicine, rehabilitation and musculoskeletal medicine, acute pain, pediatric pain, neurology and neurosurgery depending on the interest of the fellow.

The chronic pain management fellowship offers training, teaching and research in a setting that annually sees 1,900 outpatients per year and completes an additional 1,400 injection and invasive procedures. Nationally and internationally renowned, the PMU has an active clinical research program that works with basic scientists in pain research and with the pediatric pain research group at the IWK Health Centre.

The successful candidate will participate in clinical and research duties. The fellow’s pain practice will evolve throughout the year, growing to include a rapid-consult clinic up to one day per week with increasing autonomy. The fellow will enjoy access to a wide range of experiences, including radio frequency facet denervation, spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal catheters and neurolytic blocks in cancer and palliative care, as well as access to a C-arm in the PMU’s dedicated

LEARN MORE [PDF - 352 KB]

Global health

During the global health fellowship, you will practise and teach at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and at the affiliated hospitals of the University of Rwanda. As a fellow, you will have many opportunities to develop skills in clinical care, judgment, teaching and research in Canada and abroad.

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After completing the program, you will be well prepared for a career in global health work and will fully understand exactly what is needed to establish an anesthesia training program in a developing country.

Further information is available in the fellowship brochure [PDF - 508 KB].

Pediatric anesthesia

As a pediatric anesthesia fellow, you will receive advanced clinical training, teaching and research in a setting that employs a full range of state-of-the-art pediatric and anesthetic services. The IWK Health Centre care of children, youth, women and newborns in Canada’s Maritime provinces and beyond. Affiliated with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, the IWK is renowned for its world-class research into diseases and disorders affecting children and women and is the primary clinical resource for pediatric and obstetric teaching for health professions in the Maritimes.

Pediatric anesthesia fellowships are one to two years and emphasize a solid foundation in community pediatric anesthesia while exposing you to extensive surgical services. You will also gain experience in off-site anesthesia, particularly for interventional cardiology and diagnostic imaging.

You will have the opportunity to train in the IWK’s 40-bed neonatal intensive care unit (level two and level three care) and an eight-bed pediatric intensive care unit, which is undergoing expansion. Fellows also participate in the IWK’s pediatric acute pain service and multi-disciplinary chronic pain program, both of which include internationally renowned faculty members.

Further information is available in the fellowship brochure [PDF - 365 KB].

Regional anesthesia and acute pain

As a regional anesthesia and acute pain fellow, you will work and learn in a supportive and well-equipped environment, developing skills in peripheral and central neural blockade in the context of modern, integrated multimodal pain management. You will have many opportunities to develop skills in clinical care, judgment, teaching and research.

You will also gain experience in

  • single-shot blocks
  • indwelling catheter techniques
  • ultrasound and traditional approaches

You will be based primarily in the dedicated block room at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, and will also work with the Acute Pain Service and the Chronic Pain Service at the Victoria General site. In addition to spending three out of five days per week in the block room, you will provide anesthesia care in such related areas as orthopaedic, plastic and vascular surgery.

As part of your fellowship, you will design, initiate and perform at least one research project with the goal of publication and/or presentation at a recognized anesthesia or regional anesthesia meeting. To support this work, we allocate non-clinical time and provide mentors for clinical, education and research goals and projects. Also, you will participate in departmental teaching activities and will be encouraged to attend academic conferences to further develop skills.

Further information is available in the fellowship brochure [PDF - 306 KB].

Women’s and obstetric anesthesia

As a fellow in women’s and obstetric anesthesia, you will receive advanced clinical training, teaching and research in a setting that employs a full range of state-of-the-art obstetric and anesthetic services. As a tertiary care hospital that delivers more than 5,000 babies per year, the IWK Health Centre provides an interesting and challenging case mix that ensures exposure to all varieties of high-risk obstetric patients, as well as ample clinical exposure to normal pregnancies. You will also have many opportunities to develop skills in clinical judgment, teaching and research.

You will provide anesthesia care for

  • a range of obstetric cases
  • non-obstetric surgery during pregnancy
  • non-operative diagnostic and interventional procedures requiring anesthesia
  • assisted reproductive technologies

You will design and perform, with appropriate support, at least one research project or quality assurance exercise. We allocate non-clinical time and provide mentors for clinical, education and research goals and projects.

Further information is available in the fellowship brochure [PDF - 365 KB].