Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy (CCSA) is a charitable organization that was created in 2000 by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society™ to complement and support the activities of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.


The purpose of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy is to support education, research, scholarships and bursaries for medical students and prospective cardiovascular specialists. In addition, they intend to provide current cardiovascular trainees with programs and services that will span between the moment they begin specialized training until the completion of their fifth year of employment. The Academy has chosen to focus on providing support for medical students, prospective cardiovascular specialists, scientists in training and current cardiovascular trainees as a means of encouraging the continuation of a strong cardiovascular sector for the future.


Trainee Review Programs (TRPs)

This exam preparation course continues to be one of the most sought-after activities offered by the Academy. The CCSA has been offering this program since 2006 and it has benefitted over 1,400 trainees writing the Royal College Exam in Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

Have a Heart Bursary Program

The Have a Heart Bursary program is a travel bursary program designed to introduce promising young Canadian medical students, post-graduate trainees, and basic scientists-in-training to the cardiovascular field in Canada. This program was initiated in 2002, when six recipients were selected from a national field of applicants to attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC), the largest medical conference in Canada. The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress allows bursary winners to interact with cardiovascular professionals across the cardiovascular spectrum and to experience the science first hand.  Since its inception in 2002, the Have a Heart Bursary Program has funded a total of 314 young individuals. See our photo gallery of Have a Heart Bursary Program recipients.

Dr. Charles Kerr Award

The Dr. Charles Kerr Award was created in 2017 and is given annually to up to three residents that epitomize Charlie’s goals for the cardiovascular community and strive to embody his legacy through encouraging and advocating for those in need of assistance or support.

Trainee Program at CCC

The Trainee Program is a 2.5 day program for trainees by trainees during the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The new Trainee Program was introduced during CCC 2017 and now replaces Trainee Day that had been running for the previous 15 years.

Trainee Networking Luncheon at CCC

This is a great opportunity to connect with program directors, CCS and CCSA leadership, division heads and potential future mentors.

The Future Leaders Program
The Canadian Cardiovascular Future Leaders Program is an exciting new initiative presented by
the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy (CCSA) aimed at developing the leaderships skills
of early-career members of CCS.

For information contact:

150 Elgin Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4
1-877-569-3407 Ext. 402


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