Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Fellowship 2019

Applications are open until 10 May 2019.  

Fellowship Overview

The fellowship goal is to offer the opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on off-pump coronary artery surgery with a particular interest in minimally invasive techniques.

General Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the principles of OPCAB
  • To learn about surgical techniques in OPCAB
  • To gain knowledge on minimally invasive options in OPCAB surgery
  • To understand the importance of team work in OPCAB surgery

Specific Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the current evidence on OPCAB surgery
  • To acquire the technical skills and knowledge of off pump strategies with a view to become an independent operator
  • To acquire knowledge on minimally invasive approaches in OPCAB surgery
  • To develop the ability to define proper patient selection


Application criteria

  • EACTS member
  • Letter of support from Director of Training or Chief of Department
  • Last year of training or within 5 years post-training

Selection criteria

Candidates will provide a Curriculum Vitae and Letter of interest with evidence of:

  • Previous OPCAB experience
  • Previous MIDCAB experience
  • Academic activity on OCPCAB/MIDCAB surgery
  • Ability to apply knowledge and skills at own centre


The program comprises both attendance to Medtronic organised courses and a 2-week internship in a high-volume centre:

  • Medtronic OPCAB Master Class
  • Training Village at EACTS Annual meeting
  • Two-week stay in a high-volume MIDCAB surgery center
  • Medtronic Peer-to-peer training
  • Medtronic Proctoring session

Applications are open until 10 May 2019.  

The Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Fellowship 2019 is supported by a restricted educational grant from Medtronic.