Scott Sakaguchi, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (CCEP) training program at the University of Minnesota. The Cardiology Division has offered a two-year fellowship program since 2009. The ACGME will require all CCEP programs to be two years in duration as of 2017. The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology program at the University of Minnesota is ACGME-accredited. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in private practice and, as of 2016, over 50% of our graduates in the past 10 years have academic appointments throughout the United States and the world.
Fellows split their time between the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview and the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. The University site performs approximately 90-120 pacemaker implants, 80-90 defibrillator implants, and 150-180 ablations per year. The Minneapolis VA is a major referral center for EP procedures in the VA system, including pulmonary vein isolations and complex (endocardial and epicardial) ventricular tachycardia ablations.
We have an active research program with emphasis in the areas of syncope LV-based pacing systems, population genetics of atrial fibrillation, and ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure patients. Basic science research has concentrated on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and biomedical engineering.
Our weekly EP conferences form the core of the educational experience outside of the EP laboratory. These include discussing of clinical cases, literature review, and research findings. In addition, a didactic series of basic lectures are given each year. Fellows also assist in an annual CME course for primary-care physicians and participate in teaching cardiovascular fellows and residents. We maintain an excellent list of guest speakers who visit our EP program each year.
Applications for the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship beginning on July 1, 2019 will utilize ERAS.
Our program requires all of the following support documents:
- A curriculum vitae
- A personal statement describing your research interests and experience, and your detailed career goals.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official college, graduate school, and medical school transcripts
- An official record of USMLE board scores
- A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States or Canada). Graduates who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must obtain a J-1 Visa from the Education Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the fellowship coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.