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Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship


The Cardiovascular Disease fellowship is designed to train academic cardiologists who strive to achieve both clinical excellence and scientific mastery. Throughout the three-year training program, 24 months are dedicated to clinical training and 12 months are reserved for research and electives. Cardiovascular Disease fellows will achieve competency in the fundamentals of cardiovascular disease, including arrhythmias, acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, heart transplant medicine, mechanical circulatory support, valvular diseases, interventional cardiology, inflammatory diseases of the heart, as well as training in adult congenital heart disease, nuclear cardiology, and advanced cardiac imaging. Fellows rotate through subspecialty services and clinics including electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, adult congenital cardiology, heart failure and transplant medicine, nuclear cardiology, advanced imaging, and echocardiography. Fellows are exposed to a high clinical volume and patient complexity to bolster both clinical mastery and procedural skills. Fellows can achieve at least level II COCATS requirements for diagnostic catheterization, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT. Fellows will also manage their own panel of patients on half-days of the week at two continuity clinics located at the UC San Diego Hillcrest location and at the San Diego VA. Throughout training, fellows are expected to pursue academic opportunities and investigate research topics of interest as they shape their path towards becoming academic cardiologists. Fellows are encouraged to apply for extramural funding and establish longitudinal projects throughout their training years during extensive protected research time, especially during the third year. See the Clinical Training and Research sections for more information.