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Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship

The UC San Diego Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship is a one-year ACGME-accredited program which provides comprehensive training in advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support (MCS). This high volume, quality based fellowship focuses on a complex patient population to master skills pertaining to the management of cardiogenic shock, temporary and durable ventricular assist devices, total artificial hearts, heart transplants as well as multi-organ transplantation.

As a quaternary referral center, UC San Diego offers advanced therapies for refractory and end-stage cardiomyopathies and fellows are the drivers for all management decisions. This fellowship in embedded in a multidisciplinary team, including cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists, transplant infectious disease, clinical pharmacists, coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, all of whom are expected to be in constant communication. Fellows work closely with world-renowned academic leaders and clinicians in the Advanced Heart Failure, MCS, and Heart Transplantation Program to review and critique current literature, refine procedural skills in the catheterization laboratory, and develop research plans tailored to each fellows interest.

Applications for the 2020-20201 will be open July 1, 2020. The fellowship accepts two fellows each year and uses the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with NRMP recommendations, interviews will be conducted virtually with subsequent in-person visits for selected applicants on a case-by-case basis.

The following items are required for application and can be uploaded through the ERAS/NRMP websites: Curriculum Vitae, personal statement, USMLE scores, and a professional photograph. We also require at least 3 letters of recommendations. Please note, we accept J-1 visas however we do not accept H1B visas. A PTAL letter is not required with your application.

Key Steps


Submit your application through ERAS and register for the Match through NRMP.

Applications open July 1, 2020.


Interviews conducted September- October, 2020. Applicants will be notified by email if selected for an interview.

NRMP Rank List due

November 18, 2020, 9 PM ET.

NRMP Match Day

December 2, 2020, 12 PM ET.

Fellowships start date

July 1, 2021.

Contact Us

Howie Tran, MD
Director, Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program

Margo Relaford
Program Coordinator, Advanced Health Failure Fellowship Program
9452 Medical Center Drive #7411
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
La Jolla, CA 92037-7411
Email: | Tel : (858) 246-1326