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Department of Medicine

Echocardiography

Fellowships

The UCSF Echocardiography Fellowship Program is housed within the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory of the UCSF Medical Center located in the Moffitt-Long Hospital. Annually, the lab performs over 15,000 echocardiograms, including transthoracic, transesophageal and stress (exercise or pharmacologic) studies.

The Advanced Echocardiography fellowships is designed to help fellows hone their clinical skills in echocardiography and advanced methodology including: 3-dimensional imaging, strain imaging, structural echo, and contrast echocardiography. Fellows will have the opportunity to play an integral role in our structural echo procedures (such as TAVR, MitraClip, ASD closures, valve in valve) with opportunities to learn on the latest, state of the art imaging equipment. Additional clinical skills are developed in the arena of adult congenital heart disease by rotating through congenital clinics.

The fellow will have dedicated time for research and will be expected to work on independent research projects under the mentorship of one or more faculty. Prior fellows have had success in developing their own protocols, getting IRB approval, recruiting subjects, and generating and analyzing data. There are also numerous ongoing research projects that fellows can be integrated into. Research is fostered through biweekly meetings to review progress obtain feedback.

Finally, teaching and scholastic skills are enhanced as fellows assume increasing responsibility throughout the year for running several of our core echo conferences and teaching first year fellows.

The clinical training program is designed to provide the fellow with level III training in clinical echocardiography as defined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography, provided that a general cardiology fellowship has been completed as well. Upon completion of the echo fellowship, qualified participants are eligible to sit for the examination of Special Competency in Echocardiography (ASCeXAM). Upon successful passing of the examination, the applicant will receive certification as a Level III Echocardiographer as determined by the National Board of Echocardioography.

The UCSF Advanced Imaging Fellowship was developed in response to the need for graduates of cardiovascular fellowships to have training in the new modalities of CMR and CCT and to provide radiologists with further training in Advanced Cardiac Imaging. A collaborative Advanced Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship allows trainees in Cardiology to be exposed to the expertise in Radiology (such as technical expertise, approach to interpretation and imaging modalities not available in Cardiology) and trainees in Radiology to be exposed to expertise in Cardiology (such as clinical expertise, patient access, broad range of diagnostic approaches, and imaging modalities not available in Radiology). Most importantly, the collaborative fellowship creates opportunities for extensive clinical and research collaboration.

In certain instances, we will consider qualified applicants who have not completed a cardiology fellowship. We welcome highly qualified applicants who have strong research and clinical interests in the discipline of echocardiography. The echocardiography training fellowship is not accredited by ACGME. While applicants will likely meet Level III training requirements in echocardiography, certification by the National Board of Echocardiography is currently limited to cardiologists and anesthesiologists. The research opportunities are similar to those offered in the Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship. These fellows will be exposed to the identical curriculum, including academic conferences.

HOW TO APPLY:

We are no longer accepting applications for 2016.

If you are interested in applying for 2017, please download the application for the 2017 Advanced Echo/Imaging-Training Program here. Note: The University does not sponsor new H-1B visas for clinical fellowship training. J-1 sponsored visas and transfers of H-1B visas opportunities may be possible. Your visa status must be certain at the time of application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The final application deadline for 2017 is September 1, 2016. In person interviews will be held in October/early November (anticipated format: Wednesday arrival with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday). Dates will be posted once confirmed.

Please send the application along with your curriculum vitae, your research interests, and 3 letters of recommendation discussing your skills as a clinician, including letters from the program directors of your current and past training programs to:

Elyse Foster, MD
Director, Echocardiography Laboratory
UCSF
Box 0214
San Francisco, CA 94143
Atif Qasim, MD
Co-Director, Echocardiography Laboratory
Associate Director of Echocardiography
Associate Curriculum Director, Cardiology Fellowship
UCSF
Box 0124
San Francisco, CA 94143

For questions, or to inquire about your application status, please contact:

Carol Iwaoka, Academic Analyst
Telephone: (415) 353-9156
E-mail: carol.iwaoka@ucsf.edu

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY FACULTY

Elyse Foster, MD
Araxe Vilensky Endowed Chair in Medicine
Director, Adult Echocardiography Laboratory
Nelson B. Schiller, M.D.
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), UCSF
Director of Echocardiography Research, SFVAMC
John J. Sampson-Lucie Stern Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Atif Qasim, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Director of Echocardiography
Associate Curriculum Director, Cardiology Fellowship
Ian S. Harris, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Michael Crawford, MD
Professor of Medicine
Lucie Stern Chair in Cardiology
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
Chief of Clinical Cardiology, UCSFMC
Kirsten Fleischmann, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Rajni Rao, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Cardiology Clinic Practice Chief
Eveline Oestreicher-Stock, MD
HS Clinical Instructor
Nisha Parikh, MD
Assistant Professor
Rima Arnaout, MD
Assistant Professor
Gordon Fung, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Roland Wu, MD
HS Clinical Instructor

ADVANCED NON-INVASIVE CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING FACULTY

Echocardiography:
Rajni Rao, MD
Nelson Schiller, MD
Kirsten Fleischmann, MD
Nuclear/PET:
Elias Botvinick, MD
Michael Dae, MD
Donald Grandis, MD
Atif Qasim, MD
Miguel Pampaloni, MD
Cardiac MR:
Brett Elicker, MD (Director)
Charles Higgins, MD
Karen Ordovas, MD
Michael Hope, MD