Electrophysiology Fellowship

Program Description

The London Heart Rhythm Program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital) offers a 2-year Royal College accredited AFC Diploma Program in Adult Cardiac Electrophysiology. A 1-year training program is also available for a select number of candidates who are chosen on a case-by-case basis based on prior training and skill level.

This fellowship aims to provide its trainees with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of electrophysiology, with a strong emphasis on clinical training and research.

During the fellowship, fellows will be expected to participate in weekly educational and clinical rounds and will play an integral role in the evaluation and management of heart rhythm patients, both in-hospital as well as in many of our dedicated out-patient clinics.

On a rotating basis, individuals will acquire a broad range of experience in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, including permanent pacemaker, biventricular and ICD implantation, electrophysiology studies, catheter ablation, signal average ECG, heart rhythm device management, laser lead extraction and tilt table testing.

We are a high volume centre and typically perform 550 ablations, 600 pacemakers, 150 tilts, 150 cardioversions, 150 biventricular devices and 300 ICDs per year.  We typically have 3-5 full-time electrophysiology fellows, and a steady stream of residents on elective with the EP Service.  Each attending has a range of research interests including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, devices, SVT physiology, syncope, inherited arrhythmias and sudden death, clinical trials and databases.  Experience with simple then complex ablation and devices will be gained in a graduated manner at a rate that is tailored to each individual's skills and goals.

For more information, please contact Ms. Donna Hill at 519.685.8500, ext. 33830 (donna.hill@lhsc.on.ca)

Application Process

Minimun Requirements for Entry into the Electrophysiology Training Program

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Photocopy of medical degree.
  3. Evidence of successful completion of Specialty Training certification in Cardiology, equivalent to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  4. Letter of intent outlining a brief personal sketch, period of training requested, availability of salary support from home institution, clinical and research goals for the fellowship, and plans for practice at the end of training.
  5. Three letters of reference.
  6. English proficiency, either by TOEFL or interview.
  7.  Proof of citizenship.

Upon receipt of the above, your eligibility for entry into our program will be evaluated

  1. Fellowship start dates are generally July 1st and occasionally January 1st, but alternative arrangements can be made on an exceptional basis.
  2. Ideally, applicants should contact the program by email at least 18 months before the requested starting date.
  3. An interview may be arranged for one of the major scientific meetings (CCS, AHA or HRS) prior to the decision deadline or via Skype.  An interview in London is ideal when feasible to meet the entire EP team and to see the facilities.