Clinical Exposure

Scripps cardiology fellowship clinical exposure opportunities in San Diego

Clinical Track for the fellowship program

Scripps cardiology fellowship clinical exposure opportunities in San Diego

The Scripps Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program provides a unique balance between clinical exposure and research at a variety of sites. 

The fellowship is medium-sized, the division is large and the patient volume is extraordinary. The ratio works in the fellow’s favor in terms of clinical volume and research opportunities. 

Most fellowships will 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)
  • Diagnostic angiography

At Scripps, our high clinical volume provides a higher volume/fellow ratio, which allows our fellows to become Level 2 in each of the above just by showing up to their rotations.

At our program, motivated fellows can also be COCATs Level 2 in pacemakers and vascular ultrasonography.

COCATs Requirements

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Typical program

  • Basic training
  • All trainees
  • Everyone can do it in a 3 year fellowship
  • Ability to perform or interpret specific diagnostic tests and procedures
  • Able to sit for boards
  • Some can attain this in a 3 year fellowship
  • Requires additional training

Our program

  • Outpatient volume
  • Inpatient volume
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Stress tests
  • Ambulatory monitoring
  • Nuclear cardiology
  • Echocardiography
  • TEE
  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable loop recorders
  • Vascular ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Heart failure
  • Electrophysiology (EP)
  • Interventional

Interventional and structural cardiology


  • Antiplatelet therapy during and after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Mitral valve intervention
  • Tricuspid valve intervention
  • Left atrial appendage intervention
  • Novel drug-eluting stents
  • Hyperbaric oxygen for acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)
  • Post-STEMI stem cell treatment
  • Refractory angina stem cell treatment
  • Drug coated balloons for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease



Imaging: Nuclear, CT and MRI

Heart failure