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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Cardiovascular disease fellowship at Scripps

Members of the Scripps Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program gather for a photo.

Cardiovascular disease fellowship at Scripps

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Scripps Clinic offers a unique opportunity to train with outstanding clinicians, clinical trialists and basic scientists.

Our competitive, three-year program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We receive more than 450 applications every year for four fellowship positions.

Our institution places a great value on our fellows and their education, and we are fortunate to match with some of the brightest and most promising physicians in the country. 

Program highlights

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Scripps Clinic trains top candidates to become leaders in cardiovascular medicine. Program highlights include the following:

Unique training opportunities

The Scripps cardiovascular disease fellowship provides a balance between clinical exposure and research. Our unique training opportunities include:

Small program, high volume

We offer a small program at a medium-sized institution with high volume. Those ratios work in the fellows' favor. 

Most fellowships allow motivated fellows to become Core Cardiovascular Training Statement (COCATs) Level 2 in at least two of the following: nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and diagnostic angiography. At Scripps, our high clinical volume and high volume/fellow ratio allows our fellows to become Level 2 in each of the above just by showing up to their rotations.

Note from the program director

Every June, we see four fellows graduate from our program, and it is bittersweet, like sending your kid off to college. On one hand, we will miss these people with who have been part of our daily lives for three years and who have become like family. However, we also feel a tremendous sense of pride in the quality of doctors we are sending into the world. These fellows go on to be future leaders in their fields — clinicians so outstanding we would be happy for them to take care of our own families. We feel satisfaction because we have spent three years setting them up for success and launching them toward their future goals.

No sooner than we finished waving our goodbyes do we turn around to welcome four new fellows and again begin the process of mentorship and education. These fellows are attracted to Scripps Clinic’s outstanding faculty, the division’s excellent educational curriculum, and the opportunity to care for a diverse pathology. We offer fellowship candidates a unique, balanced opportunity to train outstanding clinicians, clinical trial-ists, and basic scientist.


Malhar Patel, MD

Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program 

Scripps Clinic

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Cardiology Fellowship Program Leadership

Dr. Christopher Suhar, Rychelle Geronimo, Dr. Malhar Patel

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Class 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Hill Dineen, Dr. Vartan Garibyan, Dr. Rola Khedraki

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Class 2021

Dr. Rajbir Sidhu, Dr. Christoffel Van Niekerk, Dr. Andrew Cheng

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Class 2022

Dr. Yu-Ming Ni, Dr. Melody Hermel, Dr. Christina Rodriguez-Ruiz, Dr. David Yoo

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Class 2023

Dr. Christine Shen, Dr. Chih-Wei Chang, Dr. Megan Pelter, Dr. Stacy Tsai

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Scripps Clinic Division of Cardiology

2019 Faculty

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How to apply

Please contact Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply to the program beginning in July. The deadline for completed applications is annually on August 1.

Timeline, eligibility and selection

Application timeline

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

Eligibility criteria

  • MD or DO
  • 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 Internal Medicine residency program by the time of entry

Selection criteria

Four fellows are selected from a highly competitive field of applicants for our training program. Fellows are selected based on their ability, academic credentials, aptitude, intellect, humanism, motivation and integrity. These qualities are assessed through a review of the academic record, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and interviews. 

Selection of fellows will not discriminate with regard to age, gender, nation of origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.