Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program

Advanced heart failure training in San Diego

Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program team

Advanced heart failure training in San Diego

Scripps Clinic offers an advanced heart failure and transplant/mechanical circulatory support (MCS) fellowship. The one-year program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and accepts one fellow per year.


The fellow will train in all clinical aspects of heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, transplant and mechanical circulatory support, including temporary and long-term left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). They will also gain experience in all the major components of heart failure evaluation including:


  • Diagnosis
  • Hemodynamic evaluation
  • Management and triage for advanced heart failure therapies


Kaiser Permanente in San Diego County collaborates with Scripps Health to provide advanced heart failure care, and the fellow will have access to all patients managed by the collaborative heart failure service.

Program highlights

Fellows have an opportunity to train at multiple sites with diverse patient populations. Other highlights of the heart failure fellowship program include:


  • Pulmonary Artery Pressure monitoring with CardioMEMS (second-largest volume clinic on the West Coast)
  • First dedicated pulmonary venous hypertension/right heart failure clinic on the West Coast
  • High-volume cardiogenic shock program with more than 65 ECMOs per year and full portfolio of Impella pumps
  • First in Southern California to implant HeartMate 3 LVAD post-commercial Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval
  • High volume enroller for multiple heart failure (HF) clinical trials

How to apply

Please contact the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply to the program beginning in July.

Application timeline

  • Application start: July 2018
  • Application deadline: August 1, 2018
  • Interviews: September and October 2018
  • Rank list: November 2018
  • Match: December 2018

Eligibility criteria

  • Completion of all three United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) board certified or board eligible
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident. We are not accepting applicants with a J1 or H1B visas at this time.
  • Completion of a three-year ACGME-accredited cardiovascular fellowship program by the time of entry