Training Post Application Process

CANECSA Training takes place in accredited training posts. A up-to-date list of hospitals accredited to deliver CANECSA training is available here.

Becoming a CANECSA Accredited Training Post

Foremost, this is an opportunity to contribute to growing the anaesthesiology workforce in East, Central and Southern Africa. CANECSA accreditation is a sign of quality, which may help your institution to attract ambitious medical school graduates. Furthermore, accreditation for CANECSA training provides a pathway for doctors working in your hospital to specialise without having to leave for further training.

How CANECSA Hospital Training Site Accreditation Works

  1. Applicant training hospitals complete the “Assessment Form for Accreditation of Hospital Training Posts in CANECSA Anaesthesiology Training” and submit to
  2. CANECSA will acknowledge receipt of the application which will be considered by the CANECSA Examination and Credentials Committee.
  3. An accreditation hospital visit will be arranged. The visiting team is usually comprised of two CANECSA Fellows from the country of the applicant hospital is based, and a CANECSA Fellow from another CANECSA member country.

* note that due to the current difficulties regarding international travel due to the global pandemic, the format of hospital accreditation visits is subject to temporary change

Criteria for CANECSA Training Post Accreditation

  1. The posts must be in an Anaesthetic Department, under the charge of a Consultant Anaesthetist, who should have a commitment to training.
    • For year one basic training posts the hospital should have at least two anaesthetists, one of whom should have been in specialist practice for at least two years.
    • For senior training the rotational posts may be in single consultant units [eg Cardiac Anaesthesia] but only six months under a single consultant may be counted for training.
  2. There should be at least 200 major operations performed per year in the unit to which the post is attached, and there should be opportunity for the trainee to progress through surgical cases of increasing complexity.
  3. The post should involve a regular weekly commitment to case based discussion and the trainee should be able to manage both straight forward and complex cases under supervision.
  4. The Trainee should be responsible for taking emergency patients at least one ~ day per week and should be involved in the initial assessment, investigation and treatment of acute surgical problems.
  5. The post should involve a commitment to the care of seriously ill, high dependency patients, and training must be provided in the techniques of monitoring such patients.
  6. The senior posts should be in a hospital with Pathology, Bacteriology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Radiology services. Radiology services should be appropriate to the sub-specialty.
  7. There should be a Unit in the hospital responsible for the care of critically ill surgical, obstetric and medical patients.
  8. The anaesthetic Department should hold meetings at least monthly and with other Departments if possible such as Radiology, Surgery and Medicine.
  9. It would also be desirable to have educational activities such as grand rounds, journal dubs and tutorials. There should be a library with appropriate surgical texts.
  10. There must be a regular audit of morbidity and mortality, at least every three months, and the Trainee must be involved in some aspect of clinical outcome assessment.
  11. The College must be informed of any change in the hospital affecting the above criteria