cardiothoracic fellows
Cardiothoracic Fellowship

The U-M Medical School Department of Anesthesiology offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) Fellowship training program. The ACTA Fellowship is devoted to advanced training in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of adult patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and related invasive procedures.

The training includes experience in providing anesthesia for cardiac, non-cardiac thoracic, and intrathoracic vascular surgical procedures. In addition, it includes anesthesia for non-operative diagnostic and interventional cardiac, thoracic, and vascular procedures outside the operating room.

The University of Michigan Health Frankel Cardiovascular Center (CVC) is home to nationally known programs in heart failure, heart transplant, and stroke valve surgery; implanted heart-assist devices, heart rhythm disorders, and vascular medicine and surgery. Furthermore, the University of Michigan Health is ranked among the top 12 hospitals in the United States for heart, vascular, and stroke care.

Application Process

The ACTA Fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School is designed to provide sophisticated training in the discipline following completion of a cardiothoracic anesthesiology training program. The following criteria is used for selection of candidates to receive interviews for the position:

  • Satisfactory or anticipated completion of an ACGME anesthesiology residency program in the U.S.
  • Certification or anticipation of eligibility for the American Board of Anesthesiology Exam
  • Completion of a fellowship application though the San Francisco Match's Central Application Service

We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons.

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract.

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Current Fellows

Current Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) fellows are gaining advanced training in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of adult patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and related invasive procedures.

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Program Aims
  • To produce anesthesiologists with consultant-level expertise in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology that can be successful in any future avenue they choose to practice
  • Provide comprehensive training in advanced perioperative TEE through the performance of examinations, individualized and group review and discussion of TEE exams, and the academic study of TEE to ensure fellows have the foundation to pass the NBE Advanced PTE exam
  • To create future physician leaders of the perioperative multidisciplinary team that includes cardiothoracic surgical, nursing, perfusion, and ICU members who stand out both in the field of adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology and in daily patient care
  • To provide fellows with the resources and opportunities in research, quality improvement, and patient care to transform them into future academic leaders in cardiothoracic anesthesiology
  • To offer an academic curriculum that evolves with the changing field of cardiothoracic anesthesiology, both due to new novel surgical procedures and in preparation for the inaugural ABA Cardiac Anesthesia examination
  • To provide a learning environment that creates resilient clinicians and world-class patient care through a blend of robust didactic education and comprehensive clinical training
  • Provide a clinical environment that fosters diversity, open communication between multidisciplinary teams, continuous quality improvement, and a supportive nature that allows fellows to mature as individuals, leaders, and clinicians
Curriculum and Clinical Rotations

The goal of the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (ACTA) Fellowship training program is to develop consultants with expertise in providing anesthesia care for patients undergoing cardiac surgery with and without extracorporeal circulation as well as thoracic surgery, including operations on the lungs, esophagus and thoracic aorta. Our fellowship includes 12 months of clinical rotations with a comprehensive didactic program.

Curriculum & Clinical Rotations Schedule

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Michigan Medicine emphasizes research in all residencies and fellowships. Our faculty are deeply involved in research, and they welcome fellow immersion in their projects. You will also have a quality improvement and patient safety project, which can lead to publication or presentation opportunities. Each fellow is paired with a research mentor to work on a project through the year and submit for potential presentation at the SCA Conference. 

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Program Leadership
Kimberly Burcar Kimberly H Burcar, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Program Associate, Anesthesiology
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Program Coordinator