Why choose the University of Alberta?

The University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) is one of the leading clinical, research and teaching hospitals in North America. It is a 900 bed quaternary referral centre for western and northern Canada. The Department of Anesthesia at the University of Alberta Hospital has a dedicated team of 17 neuroanesthesiologists to provide anesthetic services for neurosurgical procedures. The Department of Neurosurgery provides general neurosurgery and vascular, epilepsy and functional neurosurgery care in addition to complex spinal surgery. The UAH is proudly home to one of the few MRI operating room suites in Canada with a state-of-the-art 3T MRI integrated into the OR, enabling complex imaging to be done inside the OR. The Brown and Scott Advanced Imaging and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Unit, also housed within UAH, allows outpatient neurosurgical treatment of brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and vascular malformations. Biplanar angiography suites for endovascular treatment of complex vascular conditions including endovascular clot retrieval therapy are also located at the UAH.

The Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit located within the UAH has 10 beds dedicated to the care of complicated neurological and neurosurgical conditions. It is one of two such dedicated units in Canada. Conditions managed include traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysms/subarachnoid hemorrhage, spinal cord injury, cerebral tumors, strokes, and neurological infections. Shared management and collaboration of neurointensivists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurses', cerebral doppler technologists and respiratory therapists ensure specialised care.

Program Structure

The Fellowship is structured such that equal time is assigned to the fellowship and clinical duties.

The fellowship component is protected for clinical instruction and research related to neuroanesthesia. The fellow is expected to gain proficiency in managing complex elective and emergency neurosurgical cases independently. During fellowship time, the fellow will have the opportunity to undertake electives in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and the neuroradiology suite. Research is considered to be an integral component of the fellowship program.

The remaining time will be dedicated to clinical duties where the fellow will independently deliver anesthetic services as a staff anesthesiologist. In addition to delivering anesthetics in the operating room, this includes outpatient clinic consultations and teaching of medical students and residents. As the UAH is a quaternary referral service for many disciplines in western Canada fellows can expect a diverse case mix. Fellows will be expected to participate in the weekend and day / night call roster as part of their clinical responsibilities.


Review our website to ensure you meet the minimum trainee requirements. Send CV and cover
letter to the fellowship administrator via email at

1. Cover letter stating the program you are applying for, and a detailed reason for your interest
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Summary of anesthesia training