Dr. David Horné

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Lindsay Anderson

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Program Highlights

The program offers outstanding clinical training in all areas of cardiac surgery. Residents are given a great deal of autonomy at quite a junior level. The program offers a full range of established clinical and lab research experiences in which all residents are expected to be involved

Our adult program performs 1000-1100 operations annually ranging from CAD, valve disease, heart failure including MCS (VAD’s + ECMO) and cardiac transplant, aortic disease, pericardial disease and device transplantation for brady-arrhythmias. Cardiac surgeons are involved in CVICU care, and residents are an integral part of care delivery in the CVICU including after-hours coverage. Our pediatric and congenital division performs STAT 1-4 pediatric surgeries, perform adult congenital surgeries and provide ECMO-care for Atlantic Canada.

In addition to excellent operative exposure (frequently being the primary surgeon from PGY3-6), our program has a robust academic teaching curriculum, as well as monthly skills lab sessions that include 2-3 cadaver sessions per year.

We place strong emphasis on continued resident research and involvement in quality assurance and improvement projects, under the leadership of a dedicated research director.

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General Information

This residency program is for 6 years. Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.


PGY1 and 2

We have transitioned to Competency Based Medical Education (CBME). The rotations have been designed to insure that the Entrusted Professional Activities (EPA’s) are obtained through each phase (TTD- Transition to Discipline, FOD- Foundations of Discipline) in the first two years.


PGY3 (flexible)

Research academic enrichment year *see below

PGY4 and 5

The Core of Discipline (COD) EPA’s will be completed during these two years.


The Transition to Practice (TTP) EPA’s should be completed within the last year.

Parallel resident training programs will continue (CBME vs. Old Program) until 2026.



All residents are expected to engage in research projects during their training. There is a complete clinical database of all cardiac surgical patients from 1995 to present and there are links established to administrative date/vital statistics, to allow for long term follow-up. Dr. Christine Herman is our research director. We also have experienced clinical researchers among our staff and several staff with established basic science labs. In addition, our expectation is that residents take at least one full year in either basic science investigation or formal outcomes research. We strongly encourage residents to obtain graduate research degrees (MSc or PhD) during their research time.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for Dalhousie University - Cardiac Surgery - Halifax.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-8 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Call Stipends
Frequency of Calls
l in 4 in-hospital and for home call
Maternity Leave Top Up After One Year’s Service
eligible for up to a maximum of 17 weeks top-up allowance for maternity/pregnancy leave
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
CMPA Dues Paid
Dental Coverage
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Long-Term Disability Insurance
66.7% of salary
Life Insurance
$100,000 of insurance
Sick Leave
Updated June 21, 2023

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Halifax cityscape from water
Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business centre, it’s also known for its maritime history. The city’s dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.

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