Training Logbook

Each trainee’s CANECSA logbook provides a record of their practical experience and academic and educational activities. Accurate and timely record keeping in the logbook is an integral part of anaesthesiology and intensive care training and forms part of trainees’ assessment. A satisfactory logbook is a pre-requisite to a trainee being recognized as being safe enough to progress to undertaking the CANECSA examinations, and ultimately obtain CANECSA qualifications.

Download the CANECSA logbook here:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How often will my logbook be requested?

The logbook should be updated regularly, and an up-to-date version of the logbook may be requested by CANECSA at any time. Typically, an electronic copy of trainees’ logbooks will be requested at the end of each quarter (March, June, September and December).

  1. How should my logbook be verified?

The following signatures are required in the logbook: "This book must be presented to the CANECSA Training Programme Director in your hospital at the end of every semester so that they can assess the progress you are making, and record these in section 6. All other sections must be signed by your supervisor for the rotation in question, and this book must also be signed at the end of each rotation - in section 1."

  1. Is there a case profile, or minimum number of case required, for MCA trainees and FCA trainees?

CANECSA has not set minimum numbers and types of cases. Analysis of trainee logbook data will allow CANECSA to set realistic guidelines and minimum numbers in the future.

  1. If one has entered a patient for a theatre case, can the same patient be entered again as an ICU case if subsequently admitted postoperative?

If a patient is admitted multiple times then they may appear more than once in the logbook. The logbook is aiming to capture trainee experience, rather than track individual patients.

  1. Is it permissible for more than one student to enter the same patient if they did the case together?

Yes, because the logbook is aiming to capture the experience of each trainee, rather than being a patient or hospital record.