Fellowship Training

Through our fellowship programs our goal is to train fellows to become true experts in their field of practice. The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine offers 8 fellowship training programs that combines exceptional experience in complex and challenging clinical anesthesia and pain medicine, and research opportunities. Come learn alongside our leading academics in some of the most excellent facilities in Canada.

Each fellowship's objectives, expectations and commitments are discussed and agreed upon prior to the start of the program, as well as regular appraisals and feedback opportunities. Fellows must, therefore, achieve their pre-determined academic goal in order to complete the fellowship successfully.

Successful applicants will have at least 50% of their time protected to allow them to engage in academic activities. During their fellowship, applicants will be part-funded to present their research findings at an appropriate venue within North America.

What is a Fellow?

A fellow is a post-MD trainee who is registered with the Postgraduate Medical Education Office and is pursuing supervised clinical and/or research training which is NOT accreditable towards fulfilling certification eligibility requirements of existing residency programs recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Examples of Post-MD trainees who should be classified as a fellow are:

  • Any trainee who has completed Canadian specialty training requirements and is pursuing clinical training or research within their own specialty field beyond the requirements for specialty or subspecialty certification.
  • Any trainee who may be ineligible for Canadian certification because previous training is not accreditable by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • Any trainee who is registered for the purpose of obtaining specific experience in a specialty/subspecialty which is not currently recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or for which there is no accredited program at the University of Alberta.

Additional Information


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For more information on the individual fellowship programs available within the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta, click here.