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What are fellowships?

Fellowships are undertaken by trained anaesthesia providers who want to develop their careers by specialising or sub-specialising. The WFSA offers its Fellowships to anaesthesiologists from low and middle-income countries to increase their skillset and become leaders for anaesthesia once they return to their home countries.

WFSA fellowships have a lasting impact both on the skills and professional development of the individuals but also their colleagues and patients back home. Find out more about this impact from Fellowship testimonies.

Beginning with 3 fellows in 1996, in 25 years the programme has grown to over 400 fellows trained in 62 countries across 8 clinical subspecialties, research and medical education / simulation.


CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City Programme HeadDurationAvailability
IndiaIntensive Care MedicineChristian Medical College, VelloreDr Subramani Kandasamy1 yearCurrently on hold
IndiaPaediatric Anaesthesia (supported by SPANZA)Christian Medical College, VelloreDr Ekta Rai6 monthsCurrently on hold
IndiaRegional AnaesthesiaGanga Medical Centre and Hospital, CoimbatoreDr Balavenkat Subramanian6 monthsCurrently on hold
IndiaPain ManagementVirinchi Hospitals, HyderabadDr Muralidhar Joshi6 monthsCurrently on hold
IndiaPaediatric AnaesthesiaChildren’s Anaesthesia Services, MumbaiDr Vrushali Ponde6 monthsCurrently on hold
IndiaCardiac AnaesthesiaNarayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bangalore Dr Muralidhar Kanchi1 yearCurrently on hold
IndiaThoracic AnaesthesiaSir Ganga Ram Hospital, New DelhiProf Jayashree Sood6 monthsCurrently on hold
ThailandGeneral AnaesthesiaSiriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, BangkokAssociate Professor Orawan Pongraweewan1 yearCurrently on hold
ThailandPain Management (supported by IASP)Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol UniversityAsst. Prof Nantthasorn Zinboonyahgoon1 yearOperational
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ CityProgramme HeadDurationAvailability
GhanaRegional Anaesthesia Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital KumasiDr Antwi-Kusi3 monthsCurrently on hold
KenyaPaediatric Anaesthesia (supported by ImPACT Africa, and SPA )University of Nairobi, NairobiDr Mark Gacii12 monthsOperational
MoroccoObstetric AnaesthesiaMother and Child Hospital, Mohammed VI University Hospital, MarrakeshDr Ahmed El Adib6 monthsCurrently on hold
MoroccoPaediatric AnaesthesiaMother and Child Hospital, Mohammed VI University Hospital, MarakeshDr Yousaf Mouaffak6 monthsCurrently on hold
NigeriaObstetric AnaesthesiaAhmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria/Port HarcourtDr Elizbeth Ogboli-Nwasor6 monthsCurrently on hold
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ CityProgramme HeadDurationAvailability
ArgentinaPain Management (supported by CLASA)Centro de Atencion Integral del Dolor, Buenos AiresDr Erica Bernich2 monthsCurrently on hold
BrazilPain Management (supported by CLASA)Universidad Estatal de Sao Paulo, BotucatuDr Guilherme Moreira de Barros2 monthsCurrently on hold
BrazilRegional Anaesthesia (supported by CLASA)Hospital Jose Frotta, Fortaleza Dr Danielle Dumaresq2 monthsCurrently on hold
ChilePaediatric AnaesthesiaThe Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, SantiagoDr Silvana Cavallieri6 monthsCurrently on hold
ColombiaObstetric Anaesthesia (supported by Colombian Society, SCARE)Clinica Universitaria Bolivariana, MedellinDr Mauricio Vasco3 monthsCurrently on hold
MexicoPaediatric AnaesthesiaHospital Infantil de Mexico Federico GomezDr Victor Edmundo Fuentes Garcia3 monthsCurrently on hold
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City Programme HeadDurationAvailability
USAResearch FellowshipOhio State University, Wexner Medical CentreDr. Ling-Qun Hu1 yearCurrently on hold
USAResearch FellowshipUCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)Dr Maytinee Lilaonitkul1 yearCurrently on hold
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City Programme HeadDurationAvailability
SerbiaPaediatric AnaesthesiaUniversity Children’s Hospital, and Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia, BelgradeDr Dusica Simic3 monthsCurrently on hold

Fellowship applications

Fellowships open to applications on a rolling case by case basis.

A suitable applicant should fit the following criteria:

  • Must be a qualified physician and fully trained in anaesthesia as per the regulations of your home country.
  • Must be supported in their application by their own National Society of Anaesthesia
  • Must be supported in their application by Chief of their home department of anaesthesia
  • Must be returning to home country to a recognised post
  • Must be under 40 years of age
  • Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital
  • The fellowships are intended mainly for young anaesthesiologists from the geographical region near where the training is based.