Preparing for a Fellowship in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Resources and Approaches for the Anesthesiology Trainee

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Abstract

Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology (ACTA) is a competitive fellowship. Despite increases in both the number of programs offering cardiothoracic fellowships and the number of residents applying each year, there is little direction or advice for prospective candidates. This review aims to educate anesthesiology residents who are hoping to pursue cardiothoracic anesthesiology, by examining a brief history of the advanced perioperative echocardiography qualification, the credentialing goals of ACTA fellowships, and the current status of ACTA fellowships. The second part of the review covers the ACTA fellowship application and aims to assist the candidate in navigating this process. The review examines the qualifications that fellowship programs look for in a candidate, including a discussion on professional behavior, and what an applicant can look for in a program. Finally, there is a brief discussion on post-match preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Anesthesiology
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Echocardiography

Keywords

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • cardiothoracic anesthesiology
  • fellowship
  • Matching Program
  • National Board of Echocardiography
  • National Resident
  • perioperative echocardiography certification
  • San Francisco Match
  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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