Postoperative Critical Care Fellowship in Adult Cardiovascular Surgery 2020

Fellowship: Postoperative Critical Care Fellowship in Adult Cardiovascular Surgery
Location: Dept of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona)
Dates: January – May 2020

The goal of this fellowship is to obtain appropriate training on Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care in Cardiovascular Surgery.

During this 4-month fellowship, the trainee will engage in perioperative management of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery. The trainee will be under the supervision of a Staff Member of the Department and the Fellowship Program Director as well as the Chief of Department. The fellowship will assist in the management of patients with special focus in the postoperative care of patients following cardiovascular operations.

The fellow should acquire all necessary knowledge and competences to lead the postoperative care of his/her patients; compile the necessary training in this aspect to be able to achieve the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Membership and Cardiac subspecialty) during or after completion of fellowship.

Application Deadline: 6 October 2019

The fellowship will take place at the Dept of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona (University of Barcelona) and is expected to start on 14 January 2020 and run until 10 May 2020.

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 echocardiography.
  • Tracheostomy and fibrobroncoscopy.
  • Renal replacement therapy options.
  • Epicardial pacing after cardiac surgery.

During the fellowship period the fellow will be offered the opportunity to attend existing relevant courses held at the University of Barcelona (and also any Symposium, Wetlab, Congresses, Heart Team meetings, multidisciplinary meetings, simulation etc).  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)

Also during the fellowship the candidates will be encouraged to engage in a research project or participate in the scientific production of the Department as previous Francis Fontan Fellows have done in the past (publication in peer-reviewed Journals and eventually submission of material to the EACTS meeting for presentation later on the year).

To be considered for this fellowship applicants 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 language of Spanish language is not a requirement, but it is desirable.
    • Attendance to EACTS Academy courses in the past
    • EACTS Annual Meeting attendance in the past
    • Involvement in critical care or plans to do so, including potential to lead the postoperative care of patients in the current/future work environment
    • Reasonable baseline knowledge of critical care
    • Interest in pursuing an academic career
    • 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 6 October 2019:

  • Letter of interest describing training objectives and interests
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), including pertinent publications
  • Summary of operative experience
  • Letter of support from current supervisor
  • To apply please complete the online Application Form in the APPLY NOW section and upload all relevant documents

The EACTS online Training Management System will be used to track the progress and register all activity.
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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Advanced Intensive Postoperative Care in Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona Fellowship Team 2019