Interventional cardiology

Description of the fellow 

The Interventional Cardiology Service offers a 24-month fellowship that focuses on clinical care, teaching, research and the development of new technologies. The Montreal Heart Institute's Interventional Cardiology Service is one of the most active of its kind in North America. The service's 15 expert physicians provide a full range of cutting-edge diagnostic exams and therapeutic procedures to patients who suffer from atherosclerosis and myocardial, valve and congenital pathologies. The basic goal of the program is to give candidates exceptional training that will help them meet their career goals and compete in all areas of the international scene. The program is structured so that fellows spend the first year learning routine therapeutic and diagnostic techniques and the second year perfecting and acquiring skills in one of the following fields: structural procedures (valve or non-valve); peripheral vascular procedures; cutting-edge imaging techniques (invasive or non-invasive); animal and/or basic research; a master's in biomedical sciences (a PhD is possible over three years); or clinical research. The service organizes two educational meetings per week. The fellowship meets the certification requirements for the Area of Focused Competence (Diploma) Program in Interventional Cardiology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as the requirements of Université de Montréal. By the end of the fellowship, all candidates will have greatly exceeded the American College of Cardiology's minimum requirements for the number of procedures performed.


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.