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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 - 627 KB].

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Cardiac anesthesia

As a cardiac anesthesia fellow, you will receive training in all aspects of cardiac surgical patient care, from preoperative assessment and optimization, through to intra-operative management and immediate post-operative care.

Throughout the fellowship, you will develop skills in clinical care, judgment, teaching and research, and provide progressively independent anesthesia care to mid- to high-risk patients for a wide spectrum of cardiac surgical problems.

You will complete an intensive one-month rotation in intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and learn basic and advanced perioperative blood management techniques during cardiac surgery. Your fellowship also includes completion of a clinical research project for presentation at a major meeting or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Our cardiac anesthesia fellowship will provide the training and support for you to be competent and confident in providing care for people with complex cardiac problems, including valvular heart disease, critical coronary artery disease, severe ventricular dysfunction and aortic pathology.

Further information is available in the fellowship brochure [PDF - 677 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 - 503 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.

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 - 370 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 - 530 KB].