Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program

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This three- to five-year training program in cardiovascular diseases develops skilled cardiologists with experience in cardiovascular research who are committed to becoming accomplished scholars and leaders in academic cardiology.

The program is designed to provide trainees with a wide variety of clinical experience, a large procedural volume, and protected time for research and electives.

All trainees complete internal medicine residency prior to their cardiology fellowship.

Fellows spend two years in clinical training and one or more years in clinical or basic research. Fourth-year positions are available for additional training in interventional cardiology, clinical electrophysiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation.

U.S. News & World Report ranks:

  • UC San Diego Health as the #1 health system in the San Diego region
  • UC San Diego Health's Cardiovascular Program at #23 in the country

Contact us

Daniel Blanchard, MD
Director, Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program

Margo Relaford
Program Coordinator, Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program


Applications for 2019-2020 are due August 31st 2018

The fellowship program has six positions each year.

This program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and requires:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three - four letters of recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • Photograph 
  • MSPE and transcripts are not required. (Will be required if you match at UCSD).

Please note:

J-1 visas are accepted

H1B visas are NOT accepted

PTAL letter is NOT required with your application


  • Clinician educator track: Fellows will have a minimum of 6 months protected research time
  • Physician scientist track: Fellows will have 12 months protected time
    • Fellows in this track often spend an additional year or two of funded research time before graduation.

Additional ACGME subspecialty training is available in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Advanced Heart Failure, and Advanced Cardiac Imaging.


Learn about the rotation locations and procedures for fellows.


Fellows attend one clinic a week, alternating between Hillcrest and the VA.

  • Hillcrest clinic: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
  • VA clinic: Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m


On-call schedule

Fellows take call from home during the CVC, VA, and Heart Failure rotations.  Fellows on the cath lab rotations are also on call for STEMI’s.

Weekend calls per year:

  • First-year fellows: 10-12
  • Second-year fellows: 6-7
  • Third-year fellows: 1-2


Paid moonlighting shifts are available for fellows on Saturday and Sunday nights at both the CVC and Hillcrest facilities.


According to ACGME requirements, evaluations must be submitted on a monthly basis. Fellows receive emails generated through the New Innovations Residency Management Program when evaluations are due. 

The faculty also evaluate the fellows monthly. All evaluations are discussed with the fellows during formal semi-annual meetings with the Program Director.


Find out about conferences for fellows.


Fellows are granted four weeks of vacation per year. Fellows are encouraged to attend a major national Annual Scientific Session each year (e.g., AHA, ACC, ASE, HRS).

The division will reimburse travel expenses (up to $1,500) for attending national meetings. Fellows may attend additional conferences if they are presenting abstracts.

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