Anaesthesia Assistant (AA) Internship Surgical Program


Quinte Health

Belleville General Hospital (BGH) sits on the shore of the stunning Bay of Quinte. The City of Belleville features a mix of small-town charm and big-city amenities. It is a growing city, with exciting culinary experiences, sheltered waterways for boating and ice fishing, fun festivals and entertainment, beautiful trails and golf courses, a popular farmer’s market, unique shops and services, as well as popular big box and large-scale retail.Belleville General Hospital is the largest of Quinte Health’s hospitals, with two medicine units, critical care (ICU), a lively emergency department, a wide range of surgical and diagnostic services, a busy maternal child unit, a children’s treatment centre, inpatient and outpatient stroke and rehabilitation care, inpatient and outpatient mental health services, and the regional Dr. Douglas A. MacIntosh Cancer Clinic. BGH works closely with the other three Quinte Health hospital teams, as well as regional and provincial health centres to serve our communities.Working at Belleville General Hospital provides countless opportunities for growth and experiential learning. The inter-professional environment is supportive, friendly and nurturing, with an infusion of new staff learning from seasoned, knowledgeable colleagues. You feel a real sense of teamwork, energy and enthusiasm in the air at BGH, and an overwhelming desire to make a difference.




As an integral member of the perioperative team, the anaesthesia assistant (AA) is a specially trained RT who
participates in the care of the patient during general, regional, local or neurolept anaesthesia. In addition to providing
technical support to the anaesthetist for complex anaesthesia equipment, the AA administers anaesthetic and
medications, and performs specific technical activities (IV’s /arterial lines/airway maneuvers). The AA provides
constant assessment and evaluative monitoring of the depth of anaesthesia using medical directives as applicable.

An AA’s skills are required primarily within pre-operative care areas, Labour and Delivery suite, endoscopy unit,
surgical suite and post-operative care units, but also within clinical diagnostic areas where procedures using
anaesthesia are performed. The AA is also an integral member of the allied health team to which there are
accountabilities for professional practice, education and research. The AA works within an Anaesthesia Care Team
Model (ACT) and liaises with other members to facilitate patient access to care through optimization preparation and
supporting anaesthesia process efficiency.

Please refer to the current AA posting for position description.

Deadline for submitting Expression of interest (CV and Cover Letter) is May 31, 2023 at midnight.

This internship opportunity is available for any Respiratory Therapist currently working at Quinte Health Care who meets the current AA posting requirements (with the exception of the completed AA education).
QHC will provide reimbursement for tuition and resident costs upon successful completion of each semesters requirements. Minimum 2 year post completion commitment to QHC AA position will be expected for successful candidate
Intern will work within an evolving scope of practice within the Surgical Program throughout the program.
Credential Earned: Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 3 Semesters across 1 years (Part-time)
Semester 1: 14 weeks (13 weeks + 5-day residential)
Semester 2: 16 weeks (14 weeks + two 5-day residential)
Semester 3 (Clinical): minimum of 12 weeks (approximate, including an elective rotation external to the assigned base site)
Program Delivery: Online with on-site residential simulations
Start Date: September 2023
Application Deadline: May 31, 2023

The responsibilities of the AA are perioperative/anaesthesia program-specific and can include, but not be limited to, daily clinical management/support for a defined group of patients and collaboration with the interprofessional team to promote quality patient care and safety. The location of practice may include a variety of perioperative and post anaesthesia care units at QHC ie. Ophthalmology OR, Endoscopy Unit, Main ORs, PACUs, Labor & Delivery Q7.


• Current certificate of registration with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO),
• Certification in BCLS. ACLS/PALS and NRP preferred,
• Baseline eye examination for working in area of laser surgery,
• Compliance with the National Dosimetry Registration process,
• Enrolment in Michener Institute Anaesthesia Assistant Program for September 2023 start, and
• Previous experience of 2 years of critical care or operating room in the past 4 years.

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$37.83 - $48.29/Hour



Lyndsay Kerik

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Lyndsay Kerik


Recruitment and Retention Specialist


265 Dundas Street E


613 969 7400


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