Fellowship Program

Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship Program
British Columbia Women’s Hospital

At this time all the fellowship positions for the 2018-2019 academic year have been filled.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program at BC Women’s Hospital. We are a tertiary referral centre for obstetrics for the Province of British Columbia.  We have an annual delivery rate of approximately 8000, with a Cesarean section rate of 32%.  We mainly do obstetric anesthesia, with some ambulatory gynecologic surgery on weekdays, and are responsible for analgesia/anesthesia for the labour/delivery suite and operating room.  We also provide a high-risk antenatal anesthesia consultation service for outpatients with complex medical problems.

Our fellowship program has a long (>25 years) history of excellence. We accept up to 3 fellows each year. Fellows will have ample opportunity to hone their clinical skills during their year as well as learn the many challenges of clinical research. Upon completion of fellowship training, the individual will be well prepared to assume the mantle of a consultant obstetric anesthesiologist.

If you are interested in applying for the July 2019 start date or later, please send your application to Ms. Stephanie Yee, administrative assistant via email: Stephanie.Yee2@cw.bc.ca. Please review the information below including application procedures and important deadlines.


Completion of at least 5 years of residency in anesthesia and possession of the FRCPC (or equivalent) are required (Post fellowship SpR, or equivalent). The successful applicant must also have adequate anesthesia skills to work independently to the level that is expected of Canadian Fellows.

The ideal applicant will have a demonstrated interest in obstetric anesthesia. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The BC Women’s Hospital hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.


Fellows spend approximately 40% of the time on clinical research and 60% on clinical service. All fellows will be provided with their own office desk space and have access to a research assistant. It is expected that during the year a fellow will develop a protocol, obtain ethics approval, recruit subjects for their study and be involved with ensuring accurate data collection and statistical analysis. Ultimately, the results will be presented at a meeting and will be submitted for publication. Many of our fellows also publish a review for a journal or book during their year. Active participation in the teaching program is expected with the fellow taking responsibility for a weekly rounds involving staff, residents and medical students. In addition, fellows will be involved with direct teaching of medical students and residents who rotate through our hospital.

Fellows will attend multidisciplinary meetings with specialists from Obstetric Internal Medicine, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Cardiology. In addition, the fellow will be expected to present at least once at formal Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds during the fellowship year.

Fellows will gain research and literature appraisal skills through regular monthly Fellows Research Seminars. There is also opportunity to attend city-wide statistics and epidemiology courses at the University of British Columbia and the Children’s & Family Research Institute.


During their year the fellow will manage both routine and high risk labours and deliveries and elective and emergency caesarean deliveries. Fellows will initially be closely supervised by a consultant/staff anesthesiologist with the intent of taking on the full responsibilities of a consultant anesthesiologist.As well they will consult in our high risk obstetrical clinic which also involves devising care plans for very complex parturients.

Fellows are expected to take on 13 shifts per month and approximately 5 of those will be in-house night calls.  The shifts include coverage of

  • Labour and delivery suite (management of labour analgesia, anaesthesia for some emergency deliveries, labour ward consultations, etc)
  • Elective ORs (caesarean deliveries; cervical cerclages, etc)
  • Emergency cases (urgent/emergent caesarean deliveries, management of PPH, labour analgesia management, acute pain management and follow-up, etc)
  • High-risk antenatal clinic (devising care plans for very complex parturients)
  • Acute pain service
  • Ambulatory Gynecology ORs

Duration/Start Date:

The fellowship training duration is a minimum of 12 months and commences July 1 or August 1 of each year.  The fellowship committee reviews all applicants and the successful candidates are notified at least 15-18 months in advance of the start date.

Application Procedure:  



Anton Chau, MD MMSc FRCPC
Fellowship and Research Director
Department of Anesthesia
BC Women’s Hospital