Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia

The 4thSSAI Advanced Educational Programme in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 2019-2021

The Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) co-ordinates an advanced Inter-Nordic education program in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. The education programme aims at specialists in anaesthesiology with interest in cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.

During the training period, the Steering Committee for this programme organizes 4-5 theoretical courses, which will be held in different Nordic Countries. The course language will be English. It is important that the trainees are faced with all aspects of cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia together with relevant intensive care medicine. Therefore it might be necessary to divide the programme between two or more institutions to accomplish all aspects. The trainees must register needed practical skills by completing a logbook.

The training period includes a one-month exchange program in a cardiothoracic/vascular department (preferable University Hospital) in another country. This exchange programme may be divided in two sections of two weeks each.

At the end of the program the trainee must present a minor research project. Trainees completing the two-year training programme and passing the final examination will receive a Diploma in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine issued by the SSAI.

The trainee must have an employment at a Department of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in one of the Nordic countries*)It would be preferable if the trainees have some experience in the area. The host clinic should allocate a local tutor/mentor for the clinical training and for the research project. The department may choose to divide the tasks (clinical training and research) between two specialists.

All expenses for the programme (including travelling, accommodation and a fee for each of the courses) should be covered by the host clinic. The exchange department should provide tutors approved by the steering committee.

The total fee of all courses is € 8.000 and includes venue, lunch/coffee breaks, dinners and accommodation but not travel. The organizers reserve the right to adjust the fee pending on cost and currency changes.

Applicants are selected according to their affiliation, experience and motivation by the discretion of the steering committee of the training program. Membership of the SSAI is mandatory and proof of membership should be attached with the application.

For further information contact one of the steering group members. Applications should be sent to the programme director. Applications for the 4thprogram are now invited. The training programis limited to 15 – 20 trainees. The training period is two years, starting at June 1st2019.

Application deadline: February 1st 2019

Applicants will be notified: before March 15th 2019

Programme start: June 1st 2019

Applications and contracts should be sent to:
Carl-Johan Jakobsen
Dept. of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby
8200 Aarhus N, Denmark

By (preferable) e-mail: or ordinary mail.

Steering group

Carl-Johan Jakobsen (programme director)

Seppo Hiippala

Kari Hreinsson

Hilde M Norum

Andreas Nygren

Lisbeth Bredahl Rosengaard

*) Depending on number of applications and overall availability, the programme will be open for specialists from other countries, if the involved institution/training plan can be approved by the committee. Please contact the committee for more information

**) There might be changes in the steering committee for the 4thcourse.

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