Neuroanesthesia Fellowship

Program Director, Dr. Jason Chui

dr-jason-chui_160x180.jpgThe Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University offers a one-year, Clinical Neuroanesthesia Fellowship based at London Health Sciences Centre in London Ontario Canada. 

London Health Sciences Centre is a national referral centre for the management of patients with cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. In recent years, it has been discovered that surgery for Intractable Epilepsy has valuable therapeutic potential and this has resulted in epilepsy surgery becoming one of the “fastest growth areas” in neurosurgery. Patients are done awake but sedated so that their speech and motor areas of the brain can be mapped prior to surgical excision.

The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine offers a variety of research opportunities. It is our expectation that each fellow will complete at least one research project taking it from conception through to completion. In addition, each fellow is expected to write at least one review article/book chapter. Further participation in research and writing activities is always welcomed and encouraged.

Under supervision, fellows will also review manuscripts submitted to a variety of anesthesia journals, abstracts submitted to anesthesia scientific meetings, and grant applications. These activities together with the research activities outlined above will provide fellows with an excellent insider’s view of the entire research process.

Fellows will also have the opportunity to learn how to use Transcranial Doppler, Cerebral Oximetry, Evoked Potential and EEG monitoring during surgery.

The Neuroanesthesia Program will provide training in perioperative management of patients undergoing neurological surgery. The clinical experience is very extensive in all areas of neurosurgery including, craniotomies for tumours and hemifascial spasm carotid endarterectomy, spinal surgery, trauma as well as working in interventional radiology.

The primary responsibility of the Fellow is to provide expert neuroanesthetic care to patients presenting for neuro surgery. 

There is ample opportunity to become involved in clinical research. It is our expectation that each fellow will complete at least one research project taking it from conception through to completion. In addition, each fellow is expected to write at least one review article/book chapter. Further participation in research and writing activities is always welcomed and encouraged.

Fellowship Structure

  • Duration: The fellowship training program will be undertaken over twelve consecutive months and includes four weeks of vacation time.
  • Number of fellowship positions: 2
  • Location: Fellowship training will take place at University Hospital.
  • Service commitment: 100 days per year (subject to change according to department fellowship policies). This service commitment may be in subspecialties unrelated to neuroanesthesia. The remaining weekdays are subspecialty time. Academic time may be granted depending on the academic productivity of the fellow.
  • Call commitment: Fellows will be expected to be available out of hours (evenings, nights and weekends) for a week at a time. Coverage will vary dependent on number of fellows. A pager will be provided by the department.

“The best thing about this fellowship is what I learned, to deepen my knowledge into what anesthesia is; the medicine, the different therapies, the new technologies, the different anesthetic approaches for difficult patients, and the technical skills. There have been many great people around me during this amazing journey, including the mentors who helped me and promoted my career and of course the patients I had the opportunity to help, with the anesthesia and care during their surgeries. The city of London is one of the top places where I have been able to live; a quiet and nice city of green parks and wide spaces during the summer and perfect amount snow in winter for outdoor sports like snowboarding or ski. Overall, I have truly enjoyed my experience at London Health Science Centre and Western University and will always remember the people of Southwest Ontario.” – Dr. Mauricio Giraldo, Colombia / Canada

Eligibility Requirements for Canadian and Foreign Medical Graduates

  • Candidates must possess a medical degree from a University recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • Candidates must have completed an anesthesia residency that is recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
  • International Medical Graduates do not need to write additional exams, but must be approved by the PGE Office at Western University
  • English Language Requirement for IMGs: TOEFL-iBT required to achieve an overall score of no less than 93 with a minimum score of 24 in speaking; IELTS required to achieve a minimum score of 7 in each category. 
  • All non-Canadian trained anesthesiologists will be required to pass an assessment period taking place over the first 4 - 8 weeks in order to continue with the fellowship (‘PEAP’ – Pre-entry assessment period).
  • Please refer to the Application and Requirements page for a more detailed description

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Goals and Objectives

Medical Expert

The Neuroanesthesiologist must have developed an appreciation of all aspects of perioperative medical management. This includes an understanding of basic cerebral physiology, influence of anesthetic agents and techniques on the normal control mechanism, and the influence of disease pathology on normal cerebral physiology and pharmacology.

The Fellow will be able to:

  • Perform anesthetic management of acute head injury
  • Apply knowledge of the anesthetic management of cerebral vascular surgical procedures including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid endarterectomy, extracranial-intracranial bypass procedure
  • Understanding of anesthestic management of supratentorial tumors, and posterior fossa lesions
  • Perform anesthetic management of the seated patient
  • Management of interventional neuroradiology
  • Proficient use of the EEG
  • Practise medicine within their defined scope of practice and expertise
  • Perform a patient-centred clinical assessment and establish a management plane
  • Plan and perform procedures and therapies for the purpose of assessment and/or management
  • Establish plans for ongoing care and, when appropriate, timely consultation
  • Actively contribute, as an individual and as a member of a team providing care, to the continuous improvement of health care quality and patient safety


  • Establish professional therapeutic relationships with patients and their families
  • Elicit and synthesize accurate and relevant information, incorporating the perspectives of patients and their families
  • Share health care information and plans with patients and their families
  • Engage patients and their families in developing plans that reflect the patient’s health care needs and goals
  • Document and share written and electronic information about the medical encounter to optimize clinical decision-making, patient safety, confidentiality, and privacy


  • Work effectively with physicians and other colleagues in the health care profession
  • Work with physicians and other colleagues in the health care professions to promote understanding, manage differences, and resolve conflicts
  • Hand over the care of a patient to another health care professional to facilitate continuity of safe patient care


  • Contribute to the improvement of health care deliver in teams, organizations, and systems
  • Engage in the stewardship of health care resources
  • Demonstrate leadership in professional practice
  • Manage career planning, finances, and health human resources in a practice

Health Advocate

  • Respond to an individual patient’s health needs by advocating with the patient within and beyond the clinical environment
  • Respond to the needs of the communities or populations they serve by advocating with them for system-level change in a socially accountable manner


  • Engage in the continuous enhancement of their professional activities through ongoing learning
  • Teach students, residents, the public and other health care professionals
  • Integrate best available evidence into practice
  • Contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and practices applicable to health


  • Demonstrate a commitment to patients by applying best practices and adhering to high ethical standards
  • Demonstrate a commitment to society by recognizing and responding to societal expectations in health care
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the profession by adhering to standards and participating in physician-based regulationDemonstrate a commitment to physician health and well-being to foster optimal patient care


The Fellowship Director for Neuro Anesthesia will provide face-to-face feedback to fellows at 3 month intervals. The feedback will be based on:

  • Daily and weekly assessments of performance by the supervising consultant while on neuro anesthesia assignments
  • 360 degree appraisal from staff anesthetists, residents, surgeons, and nurses twice yearly

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