Description of the fellow 

The Electrophysiology Service offers a 24-month fellowship that deals with all aspects of the evaluation and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. The Electrophysiology Service uses 3 electrophysiology labs to conduct approximately 600 catheter ablations, 200 diagnostic electrophysiology studies, 500 permanent cardiac pacemaker implantations and 400 implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantations every year. The ablation program includes the use of complex three-dimensional mapping and navigation systems (ESI, CARTO™, NavX™). The service also has an atrial fibrillation ablation program, an arrhythmia ablation program for patients with congenital cardiopathies, and a biventricular pacemaker program. Fellows work in all clinical aspects of the service and are also involved in many research projects. In addition to taking part in electrophysiology lab activities, candidates must also work in the in-patient and out-patient arrhythmia consultation service, the pacemaker and ICD out-patient clinics, the atrial fibrillation clinic, and the clinic for patients with genetic syndromes. By the end of the fellowship, all candidates will have greatly exceeded the American College of Cardiology's minimum requirements for the number of electrophysiology procedures performed. The Electrophysiology Fellowship at the Montreal Heart Institute meets the certification requirements for the Area of Focused Competence (Diploma) Program in Cardiac Electrophysiology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


During the fellowship, you will be conducting clinical exams and procedures on patients, which means you will have to obtain privileges as a fellow.

To obtain these privileges, you must meet the following conditions:

• Have a grant from a recognized agency, as positions are reserved solely for grant holders. This grant must be a minimum of C$40,000 per year. To obtain funding, candidates should apply for grants from recognized agencies. Different departments at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) offer scholarships; however, these scholarships are limited and awarded on a competitive basis.
• Have very good knowledge of French. The MHI is a Francophone hospital and all clinical activities are conducted in French. The patients are Francophone, progress notes are written in French, and all meetings are held in French.
• Pay the tuition fees charged by Université de Montréal.
• Hold a specialist's certificate that allows you to practise medicine in your country.
• Have a letter of recommendation from the dean of the faculty of medicine where you are taking or where you finished your specialty as well as a letter of recommendation from the dean of the faculty of medicine at Université de Montréal.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application at least 18 months in advance, as the process to become a fellow is quite long.

For more information about this process, please consult the Université de Montréal website.