John A. Ambrose, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director of Cardiology, Community Regional Medical Center
Former Governor, American College of Cardiology - New York Chapter
Former President, New York Cardiologic Society
Message from the Program Director
Welcome to the UCSF Fresno Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.
Our three year Cardiology program is fully accredited by the ACGME, and provides the trainees with extensive clinical, academic and research experience in a state of the art setting. In addition to the core competencies required by the COCATS recommendations for basic training in adult cardiovascular medicine, the fellows are given the unique opportunity to tailor their learning to their particular areas of interest during their three years of training. One of the features of this program is the opportunity for hands-on training in both the cath lab and non-invasive cardiology. Fellows have the opportunity to perform diagnostic cath’s and TEE’s with an attending. Senior fellows may also assist with PCI procedures. We also have a well-developed program in advanced cardiac imaging and a heart failure service with an active LVAD program.
With a referral base of over 2 million individuals in Fresno and the Central California region, we have one of the most diverse populations in the country. A wide variety of pathology is seen by the academic practice and rare cardiovascular conditions not seen in many of the major centers are encountered by the fellows on a routine basis. While the wealth of clinical material is obviously one of its biggest assets, the program also boasts a solid group of full-time faculty, some nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field of cardiology, who are dedicated to teaching the fellows at the highest level. We also have part-time faculty, including cardiovascular surgeons and community practitioners who add to the clinical experience for the trainees.
Didactic sessions are attended and directed by several faculty members on a daily basis. Fellows are required to undertake a fully mentored, high quality research projects to be presented in major scientific meetings and published in major medical journals. Every year, the fellows are also encouraged to attend the scientific sessions of the American Heart Association and/or the American College of Cardiology.
Three highly qualified physicians are admitted into the program each year, and we continually strive to foster a family atmosphere where fellows can thrive to develop their full potential. Since the program’s renaissance in 2007, we remain committed to the goal of developing a fellowship program that ranks among the very best and we are presently in a 5 year accreditation cycle.
We have also been approved by the ACGME for a 1 year interventional fellowship. This is a fully funded position which began January 2011.