Subspecialty Residency Training

Individual attention, hands-on learning

The Dalhousie cardiology subspecialty training program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and accepts candidates through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). We accept two to four residents per year for a program total of eight to ten.

What to expect as a resident

  • exceptional breadth and depth of exposure to acute and chronic cardiovascular disease
  • emphasis on:
    • accurate clinical bedside diagnosis
    • appropriate ordering of decisive testing
    • integration of all data into a well communicated consultation
  • hands on training in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and procedures
  • participation in research projects

Core training period minimums

  • 13 months in non-laboratory clinical practice activities (consultations, acute care, intermediate care, ambulatory care, pediatrics, CV Surgery and transplant cardiology)
  • 3 months in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • 6 months in echocardiology
  • 5 months in electrocardiography, stress testing, ambulatory monitoring, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing and nuclear cardiology
  • 2 months of research
  • 1 month of advanced cardiac imaging
  • 6 months of elective time, the remainder as selective time


In place of the more standard academic half day, we offer a minimum of five hours weekly of education specifically for core trainees, as well as the opportunity to participate in specialized rounds for fellows in interventional cardiology and electrophysiology.

Schedule example:

Day Time Rounds
Monday 8 – 9 a.m. Cardiology grand rounds
Tuesday 12 – 1 p.m. Journal club (monthly)
Tuesday 8 – 9 a.m. Medicine grand rounds
Tuesday 12 – 1 p.m. M&M rounds (monthly)
Tuesday 4 – 5 p.m. CV surgical conference
Wednesday 8 – 9 a.m. Core academic, echo and nuclear rounds
Thursday 8 – 9 a.m. Bedside teaching / hemodynamics
Friday 8 – 9 a.m. Cardiac radiology / cath / research
Friday 12 – 1 p.m. Lunch’n learn ECG / exam prep