Cardiac Anesthesia

The adult cardiac anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Alberta is designed to develop fellows into accomplished consultants by exposure to care of patients at a quaternary cardiac surgical centre. The fellow will be involved in the perioperative management of a variety of clinical cases, including: percutaneous valve interventions; minimally invasive valve procedures; cardiac and pulmonary transplantation; mechanical assist devices; procedures in the patient with adult congenital heart disease; and major aortic and thoracic procedures. In addition to the cardiac operating room, fellows will provide care of patients in the cardiac catheterization lab, as well as in the cardiac hybrid and thoracic surgical theatres.

Program Structure

Fellows will have 80% of their time protected for the pursuit of cardiac anesthesia, including the following:

  • Echocardiography: At the completion of their fellowship, candidates will be prepared to sit the NBE exam and obtain the certificate of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE). In addition to intrapoerative TEE training (including exposure to the use of 3D imaging modalities), fellows will have dedicated time in the echocardiography lab that will include transthoracic scanning.
  • Research/Academic: Fellows are expected to be involved in academic activities in preparation for their roles as consultants. Academic activities include: echo rounds; resident teaching; and journal club. Although not required, fellows are encouraged to pursue research endeavors.
  • Non-cardiac Academic Time: Fellows will provide perioperative care of the adult cardiac patient that will include time in the cardiovascular intensive care unit as well as the thoracic surgical suite.