Francis Fontan Fund | MSTCVS Quality and Outcomes Fellowship 2022

EACTS is proud to announce that this year’s prestigious Francis Fontan Fund Quality & Outcomes Fellowship, in conjunction with the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (MSTCVS), will open for applications on 1 July. This six-month placement in one of the world’s leading centres of excellence offers the successful candidate a unique, career-enhancing training opportunity.


Fellowship: Francis Fontan Fund | MSTCVS Quality and Outcomes Fellowship

Dates: Early 2022

The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative promotes best practice and shares surgical outcomes to improve quality and outcomes for patients. It implements quality improvement initiatives based on regional and national data, clinical research and the latest cardiac and thoracic surgery practice and guidelines.

The team is led by renowned adult cardiac surgeon Professor Richard Prager, who is a specialist in clinical outcomes and quality improvement. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you will work alongside the multidisciplinary team focused on quality improvement for adult cardiac and general thoracic surgery patients in Michigan.

The Fellowship, offered with a grant award of up to €25,000 (six months), will provide the successful candidate with an in-depth understanding of cardiothoracic surgical outcomes with one of the world’s leading quality improvement teams.

Please see below for a breakdown of the syllabus and the application and selection criteria.

– Deadline for Applications: 29 September 2021

– FFF Committee Review Period: 01 October 2021-01 November 2021.

– Notification to Recipient: On or before the 19 November 2021

– Public Award Announcement: TBC


As part of the six-month Fellowship you will:

  • Have the opportunity to work with the team’s full-time statistician to develop appropriate analytical methods in an area of specific interest, such as atrial fibrillation or CABG
  • Take part in a site visit/tour (should they occur during your placement) at one of 33 participating hospitals to share best practice or review outcomes
  • Extract data and prepare analyses to be reviewed at the team’s quarterly meetings
  • Support the organisation, running and administration of the quarterly meetings
  • Join weekly meetings with the Project Director (RLP)
  • Prepare and develop a data-driven abstract(s) and/or manuscript(s) while part of the Collaborative
  • Present surgical outcomes data at a subsequent meeting
  • Present an evaluation of the experience to the Board of the Francis Fontan Fellowship Fund and/or at a future EACTS meeting.


Essential criteria:

You must be:

  • An EACTS member with up to date membership payment
  • Fluent in English

Desirable criteria:

  • Previous experience in statistics/data analysis
  • Likely to apply the knowledge and abilities acquired during the Fellowship in own practice
  • Academic experience in quality and outcomes analysis

The application form must be completed and the following documents must be provided by 29 September 2021.

  • Letter of support from current Head of Department/Training director (if in last year of training)
  • Letter of interest (detailing how you are in a position to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the Fellowship in your own centre)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)


There will be periodic meetings with the Fellowship director to ensure feedback from the trainee.

A structured evaluation of the activities and a feedback report will also be developed. At the end of the Fellowship, you will produce a full report on your experience based on guidelines stipulated by the Francis Fontan Fund Committee.



“This was by far the most useful and enjoyable professional and personal development experience of my career. I gained a comprehensive understanding of how to systematically gather data regarding Cardiac Surgical procedures from a geographical area, analyze it and most importantly transform it into actionable information that can be used to improve the care of patients.

“My presentation skills were greatly enhanced, I improved my ability to analyze data and understanding of statistical methodology and my communication skills were markedly improved. Discussing suboptimal performance is a sensitive issue and Dr Prager does it with immense charm whilst not failing to get the point across and develop an actionable plan for improvement. Both Dr Prager and Patty’s leadership skills were excellent and observing these invaluable. Both are superb role models and I now often reflect on their approaches to problems, interactions and delivering objectives when trying to do the same.”

Application guidance

We do not advise applying for more than one Fellowship.

Please ensure that all documents submitted are written in English, and that they are submitted either as word documents or PDFs. We do not accept images or handwritten applications.

We are unable to provide advice or guidance about visa applications, so please ensure that you understand the visa requirements before applying for this Fellowship.

If you are unable to make any of the course dates, please do not apply for this Fellowship. We are unable to accommodate individual requests.


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