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UCSD Vascular Neurology Fellowship

Fellowship Program Director Dr. Kunal Agrawal with 2018-2019 Fellows: Chia-Chun Chiang, MD., Julian Duda, MD., Syed Ali, MD., & Alyssa Bautista, MD.

Goals and Objectives of the Fellowship
The UCSD fellowship training program in Vascular Neurology provides clinical and didactic curriculum that meets the training requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Program begins July 1 and ends June 30. Throughout the year, fellows will attain the experience, skills, and knowledge necessary for the independent practice of stroke. The fellows interact with clinicians at various teaching sites throughout the program. This program offers significant individualized attention to the fellow as well as a diverse exposure to the field of Vascular Neurology.

The vast array of clinical material is further enhanced by an extremely dedicated full-time teaching staff, with areas of sub-specialization in stroke, neurovascular diseases, neuro-rehabilitation and neuro-critical care. Fellows will gain proficiency with the acute treatment of vascular neurological emergencies. Develop expertise in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of vascular neurological disorders. Acquire skills in teaching medical students, interns, neurology residents and other colleagues.

The overall goal of the Vascular Neurology fellowship program is to prepare the fellow physician for the independent practice of clinical neurology. Each fellow comes to the program having had four preliminary years of training (PGY-4). As the fellows progress through the program, there is progressively more responsibility assigned. 

  • Tele-Medicine
  • Clinical Trials and Clinical Research
  • EBM
  • Cerebral Ultrasound
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Acute ischemic stroke management
  • Transcranial Doppler Training 
The fellowship consists of clinical rotations on the inpatient stroke service, outpatient stroke clinic, tele-stroke, critical care, neurosonology, electives and protected research time. Training sites for the vascular fellowship are:
Affiliated Sites
Scripps Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
El Centro Medical Center
Temecula Valley Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
Rancho Springs and Inland Valley Medical Center 

Current Fellows
Syed Ali, MD
Alyssa Bautista, MD
Chia-Chun Chiang, MD
Julian Duda, MD
Belma Sadikovic, MD

Application Process
Please apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Apply here, which allow applications starting Dec 1. 

Essential application information include: 
ERAS application
Curriculum vitae
USMLE or COMLEX transcript
Personal statement
Three (3) letters of recommendation
ECFMG Status Report (if applicable)

Please ensure that you have registered with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Information about the NRMP may be found on their website

For information about the National Residency Match Program, applicants should contact the Help Desk specialist at 1-866-617-5838.

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact Saran Luvsanjambaa. 

Get in touch with us!

Saran Luvsanjambaa
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Neurosciences
200 West Arbor Drive MC 8466
Medical Offices North
San Diego, CA 92103-8466
TEL: (619) 471-0671