Why Dal Anesthesia

Exceptional education in a vibrant, small city

Highest quality residency program

We are continuously improving our postgraduate curriculum, most recently receiving approval from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to begin offering competency-based medical education in 2016 – a move that began with a redesign of our curriculum in 2012 and 2013. Our postgraduate curriculum is now one of the most advanced in the country.

Supportive faculty, residents and students

We train residents to be highly skilled anesthesiologists able to work with patients, families and colleagues to provide excellent care in many different contexts and in complex and uncertain situations. We challenge medical students to better understand the complex science of anesthesia. We do this in an environment that fosters collegiality versus competition, and where faculty members and your peers will support you as you struggle, overcome and succeed.

Flexible fellowship programs

As you contemplate entering or progress through the residency program you may consider undertaking a fellowship to further refine your expertise. We offer six one-year fellowship programs that have been designed to provide you with exceptional subspecialty training and experience while being flexible to your needs and specific interests.


Dalhousie University, the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the IWK Health Centre (Dalhousie’s two largest teaching hospitals) are situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the benefits of big-city convenience meet the charms of small-town living. Our vibrant urban core is a mere stone’s throw from rugged ocean vistas, creating a quality of life that is second to none. Halifax boasts a rich arts and cultural community, the most universities per capita in Canada, and stunning parks, trails, lakes and waterways offering endless recreation and adventure.