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Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology – Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide

BCIS-Medtronic Australian Interventional Fellowship

Supervisors: Dr Julian Vaile (Adelaide) & Dr Miles Behan (UK) on behalf od the BCIS Training and Education Group

Current Fellow: Dr Karim Ratib (

Link to official pdf: BCIS 2016 Fellowship Programmes – Adelaide

Access to the fellowship will be limited to UK trainees in their last two years of Specialist Registrar training who intend to specialise in Interventional Cardiology and are BCIS members (BCIS membership form: BCIS Membership Application-Renewal Form). The supervising consultants act on behalf of the BCIS Training and Education Group.

The successful candidate will be identified by means of formal interview. The interview panel will be made up of several independent consultant cardiologists from multiple centres.

The fellowship will be awarded based upon the candidate’s career development, interventional experience and performance at interview.
If you would like to register your interest in this opportunity, please submit by email ( a detailed curriculum vitae with letters of support from two supervisory consultants to Azeem Ahmad, BCIS Secretariat, Tel: +44 (0)20 7380 1918.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 15th May 2015.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Monday 18th May 2015.
N.B Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30th June 2015, British Cardiovascular Society Office, 9 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5HW. The successful candidate will be required to enter into a contract to take up their post in Adelaide in March 2016.

The fellowship bursary will be paid to the institution and not to an individual. The salary support provided will be commensurate with the local academic pay scale. The fund in question will be at the receiving institution in Australia and the candidate will be paid a regular salary in Australian Dollars from that fund. The selected fellow is in no way considered to be an employee of Medtronic.


This interventional training programme is aimed at providing a UK or Irish based Specialist Registrar with the opportunity to gain experience in interventional cardiology in a prominent Australian centre. Experience will include percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease in addition to coronary intervention (including primary angioplasty). This fellowship is based at the Flinders Medical Centre and under the supervision of Dr Julian Vaile. Access to the fellowship is limited to trainees in their final 2 years of registrar training who are planning a career in interventional cardiology.

The Flinders Medical Centre is in Adelaide, South Australia. The hospital provides interventional cardiology services for a population of 600,000, distributed through metropolitan and rural centres as well as interventional procedures from the Northern territory with a population of 180,000. There are three cardiac catheter laboratories (One dedicated coronary/structural laboratory, one shared coronary/vascular laboratory and one EP/devices laboratory) that carry out elective interventional procedures during normal business hours, as well as providing a 24-hour 365-day primary PCI programme.

The total catheterization volume includes 3600 diagnostics and approximately 1000 interventions per year. At present there are a total of six interventionalists performing PCI procedures. Transradial access has been used in the majority of cases over the last year. Flinders Medical Centre was the first centre to implant the Edwards-Sapien Aortic valve in the Southern Hemisphere.

The interventional fellow will gain excellent experience in lab work and interventional research. There is currently no outpatient commitment and the only inpatient work is for patients who have had angiography/PCI.  The fellow can expect to complete in excess of 500 PCI cases.  There is frequent use of adjunctive devices (IVUS, pressure wire, rotablation and thrombus aspiration). Other interventional procedures in which the fellow may have involvement include mitral and aortic valvuloplasty, ASD/PFO closure, and percutaneous aortic valve replacement.

Multiple interventional research projects are underway including single and multi-centre projects. The interventional fellow will be encouraged to develop a research project leading to presentation and publication.

From a lifestyle perspective, Adelaide is a vibrant city (population 1.3 million) with many world-class events from music festivals to a well renowned fringe festival and also offers great opportunities for outdoor pursuits. There are several excellent wine regions (Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale) and tourist destinations (Kangaroo Island and Flinder’s Ranges) within easy reach of Adelaide.


Author and current Fellow: Dr Karim Ratib (

The BCIS fellowship in Adelaide is based at the Flinders Medical Centre. Working in this tertiary centre gives you a thought-provoking experience into a health care system other than the NHS. The area covered by the hospital is immense and gives you a new perspective on inter-hospital transfers and dealing with patients in remote areas.

From an interventional point of view, you will be able to complete more than 400 first operator PCI cases and will be involved in the well-established structural program, which apart from TAVI, Mitraclip and ASD/PFO closure, also includes new first in man trial devices.

Living in South Australia could not be simpler: you have a choice of living in the hills with a cooler climate and beautiful views, or by the sea with stunning sandy beaches and crystal clear waters (my personal choice). The wine growing regions are all within easy reach but it is only by travelling further afield that you really appreciate the size of the country. Those of you with young families may be apprehensive about moving half way round the world, but with wide range of readily available activities on your doorstep and lack of rain, the whole family will soon be having the time of their lives!
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