Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Each summer, the UCSF Division of Cardiology welcomes a cohort of new fellows who are attracted by UCSF’s outstanding faculty, the Division’s excellent education and research programs, and the opportunity to care for a diverse group of patients at UCSF Medical Center, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Competition for the fellowship positions is intense: this year, we received over 400 applications and selected just seven fellows. These fellows are some of the brightest and most promising physicians in the country. They are excited about pursuing careers in academic medicine, and are committed to excellence in patient care, research and teaching.

APPLICATIONS: Please contact ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service to apply to the program beginning in July 2020. The ERAS phone is (215) 966-3940. We do not accept paper applications. The deadline for completed applications is August 1, 2019.

We do not have any spots available for July 2019.

Application Requirements

We require the following supporting documents to be submitted via the ERAS program:

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current program director
  • Medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, and Dean's letter are not required. Photos are optional.

The University does not sponsor H-1B visas for clinical fellowship training. Your visa status must be certain at the time of application.

About the Program

The adult Cardiology Fellowship Training Program of the University of California, San Francisco is fully integrated among its three core hospitals: UCSF Moffitt/Long Hospital, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. UCSF participates in the NRMP Specialties Matching Service for fellowship.

The program consists of 24 months of clinical training all done within the first 2 years. The third year is typically protected for research (with opportunities for formal training in statistical methods and epidemiology) and if desired, additional general cardiology clinical training. Fellows will be able to get level II training in both echo and nuclear cardiology by the end of 2 years and be very well trained in diagnostic catheterization and consultative cardiology. Most fellows go on to pursue advanced clinical and/or research training after core fellowship.

Research time is often funded by a number of research fellowships (i.e., NIH training grants, the NIH-funded Program of Excellence in Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, individual NIH Fellowships, Heart Association Fellowships, Pharmaceutical Fellowships, etc.). This funding is obtained by selecting a preceptor and project and submitting the appropriate proposals. Clinical training is internally funded.

Our program distinguishes itself by providing unparalleled clinical training across 3 sites with an amazing diversity of patients. Fellows are treated as junior colleagues and have the opportunity to perform advanced procedures early on in training. We also offer a diverse array opportunities for different career paths. Our graduating fellows often find careers as leaders in academic cardiology, clinical practice, basic and transitional science, and industry.