Fellowship in Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care 2022

Fellowship: Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care
Location: Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona)
Dates: Early 2022

A prestigious Francis Fontan Fund Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to fast forward your career in cardiothoracic surgery. The fellowship offers you the chance to interact with key surgeons and scientists in the field and is an internationally recognised mark of achievement and skill.

The Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care Fellowship 2022 provides a chance to gain experience in the postoperative management in adult cardiovascular surgery, as well as a wide exposure to minimally invasive and other advanced techniques in cardiovascular surgery. Successful fellows will have the opportunity to attend existing relevant courses held at the world-renowned Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona), as well as attend symposia, Wetlabs, Congresses, Heart Team meetings, multidisplinary meetings and simulation. Moreover, there is the prospect of engaging in research or participating in the scientific production of the Department leading to potential publication in peer reviewed journals.

The fellowship includes a generous financial contribution of €18,600 towards living and travel costs for the four-month placement. In addition, EACTS will subsidise the cost of your attendance at the EACTS Annual Meeting (the largest cardiothoracic meeting in the world) in 2022. Throughout your fellowship, you will also have one-to-one support from the EACTS Fellowship Adviser, ensuring that you get the most out of this opportunity.

Please see below for a comprehensive break down of the syllabus, as well as our 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

The fellowship will take place at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona) and is expected to start in early 2022.

The academic part of the fellowship will be delivered via seminars, lectures and individual lessons (provided by the staff surgeons) for the following topics and their postoperative management:

  • Temporary mechanical circulatory support (paracorporeal devices).
  • Mechanical circulatory support (implantable devices).
  • Preparation of the system. Structural components and function.
  • Clinical application of therapy.
  • Heart and heart-lung transplantation.
  • Pulmonary hypertension. Acute pulmonary embolectomy. Chronic disease. Pulmonary tromboendarterectomy.
  • Transcatheter valve implantation.
  • Percutaneous approach to mitral valve, perivalvular leaks and LAA appendage occlusion.
  • Atrial fibrillation surgery. Ablative energies.
  • Surgery for concomitant AF ablation.
  • Aortic arch and thoracoabdominal aorta surgery.
  • Surgery for adult congenital heart defects.
  • Postoperative management of GUCH.
  • Surgical treatment of infective endocarditis.
  • Complex mitral valve repair (and minimally invasive approaches).
  • Advanced cardiorespiratory resuscitation (specific for cardiac surgery).
  • Low cardiac output status management.
  • Mechanical ventilation. NIMV and IMV. ARDS treatment. Nitric oxide management.
  • Transthoracic echocardiography.
  • Transesophageal
  • Tracheostomy and fibrobroncoscopy.
  • Renal replacement therapy options.
  • Epicardial pacing after cardiac surgery.


During the fellowship period you will be offered the opportunity to attend existing relevant courses held at the University of Barcelona. As an example of these:

  • Master of Mitral Valve Repair (if it coincides with the fellowship)
  • Classes for a Master Degree in Advanced Cardiovascular Surgery and Critical Care Management (if it coincides with the fellowship)

You will also be encouraged to engage in a research project or participate in the scientific production of the Department.

To be considered for this fellowship, you must:

  • Be an EACTS member.
  • Be a last-year resident or a practising surgeon within the first 5 years after qualification.
  • Have excellent use of English. The ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement, but it is desirable.
  • Have attended EACTS Academy courses in the past
  • Have attended EACTS Annual Meetings in the past
  • Be involved in critical care or plans to do so, including having the potential to lead the postoperative care of patients in the current/future work environment
  • Have reasonable baseline knowledge of critical care
  • Have an interest in pursuing an academic career
  • Have the potential to disseminate knowledge to residents and fellows
  • Work in academic institution

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

  • Letter of interest describing training objectives and interests
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), including pertinent publications
  • Summary of operative experience
  • Letter of support from current supervisor

Applications open on 1 July. To apply please complete the online Application Form in the APPLY NOW section and upload all relevant documents

  • There will be MCQ and Clinical case-based assessments at the end of this fellowship.
  • There will be periodic meetings with the fellowship director to ensure feedback from the trainee.
  • At the end of the fellowship, the fellows will produce a full report (2000-2500 words) on their experience. The fellows will present this during the EACTS annual meeting.

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Previous fellow Davide Carino, MD, completed the Postoperative Critical Care fellowship this year. He had the opportunity to see over 20 different procedures during his time, including septal myectomies and several GUCH, including the Fontan operation, ROSS Re-Do, implant of pulmonary valve after Tetralogy of Fallot repair.

“From a clinical perspective, this fellowship was up to expectation and beyond. I had the opportunity to be involved in all the activity carried on in the department and I personally learned a lot.

“The fellowship was also great from a research/ scientific perspective. During these 4 months I submitted 2 case reports (one to the Annals of thoracic surgery and one to the ICVTS), and an invited review for current opinion in cardiology (I was invited to write the paper but Dr. Quintana and Castella supervised me). I also submitted an abstract for the EACTS annual meeting, to be submitted to the ICTVS.

“To give an idea of how great this fellowship has been, I asked to remain for a further 6 months in the ICCV to finish my training here.”

Please complete the fellowship application form to the right. For more information about this fellowship please contact the EACTS Francis Fontan Fund at francisfontanfund@Eacts.co.uk

Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care in Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona Fellowship Team 2019