Fellowship directory

Physicians applying for a fellowship program in regional anesthesiology/acute pain medicine must be currently enrolled in, or have completed, an accredited anesthesiology residency program. Each individual program may have additional requirements such as medical licensing. The information published here has been supplied by the individual institutions. Please check back frequently for updates. Programs with an asterisk behind the title indicate they are part of the SF Match Program. 



The University of British Columbia offers a 12-month fellowship in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine based at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver BC, Canada.  St. Paul’s Hospital features a busy block room associated with the main operating rooms which is staffed daily with a dedicated anesthesiologist and an anaesthesia assistant.  In addition, our facility operates a high-volume outpatient operating room area where extremity surgeries are performed solely under regional anesthesia techniques.  Between our two block areas, approximately 2,500 regional anesthesia techniques are performed annually.

Our practise includes a diverse mix of ultrasound guided upper and lower extremity nerve blocks, continuous perineurial catheter insertions, ambulatory “home” perineural catheter analgesia, truncal blocks, and neuraxial techniques.  The regional anesthesia fellow will gain ample experience in the performance of these techniques, and progress to the teaching and supervision of anesthesia residents during their regional anesthesia rotations.  Fellows will also participate in acute pain service rounds one week out of six, longitudinally throughout their fellowship year.  The acute pain service week will require on-call availability, but on-call is taken from home with most issues resolved over the phone.  In addition to the clinical experience, fellows will gain considerable experience in block room management, patient flow through the block area, and organization of anesthesia assistants and resident learners in a busy block room environment.

Research is mandatory, and fellows are expected to complete a research project over the course of their fellowship year.  20% of time (1 day per week) is protected for research and other academic endeavours.  Fellows will provide anesthetic care in the main operating rooms one day per week, across all surgical services offered at St. Paul’s Hospital - with the exception of cardiac surgery rooms.

Teaching opportunities are plentiful and fellows will expand their clinical teaching skills over the course of the year.  Fellows are expected to present departmental rounds and lead a regional anesthesia focused journal club discussion once during their fellowship.  There are frequent opportunities to teach regional anesthesia skills to resident learners, and fellows may be invited to instruct ultrasound techniques at the annual Whistler Anesthesiology Summit, depending on the workshops offered that year.

Electronic submission is preferred. Candidates should have completed a Canadian residency and be FRCPC certified or eligible at the time of application. FRCA, FACP, and FANZCA candidates may be considered in select cases. Please submit a curriculum vitae, letter of intent, and three letters of reference. Interviews may be conducted in person or over the phone.

  • Specialty:Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia
  • Duration:12 months
  • Start Year:
  • Positions:1
  • Deadline: Accepted until position is filled
  • Salary: $84,000 CDN
  • Contact Person: Steven Petrar, MD, FRCPC Fellowship Director
  • Email: anesthesiafellowships@gmail.com
  • Phone: (604) 806-8337
  • Facility:
  • Address:
  • Office Administrator, Department of Anesthesiology, St Paul's Hospital
  • 3rd Floor-Providence Building, 1081 Burrard St
  • Vancouver
  • British Columbia, Canada V6Z 1Y6
  • Telephone: (604) 806-8337
  • Website: Not provided
  • Director: Dr. Steven Petrar
  • Other affiliated faculty:
    • Dr. Scott Bell
    • Dr. Steve Head
    • Dr. Alex Klimek
    • Dr. Bobby Lee
    • Dr. Trina Montemurro
    • Dr. Jill Osborn
    • Dr. Steven Petrar
    • Dr. Ron Ree
    • Dr. Stephan Schwarz
    • Dr. Cynthia Yarnold
    • Dr. Lisa Li (joining 2016)
    • Dr. Chris Prabhakar (joining 2015)
  • Participating hospitals:
  • St. Paul's Hospital, University of British Columbia