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Portrait of Scott Sakaguchi

Scott Sakaguchi, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director, Electrophysiology Fellowship Program

Electrophysiology

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.

Clinical Program

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. 

ElectroResearch Opportunities

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.

Educational Opportunities

Our weekly EP conferences form the core of the educational experience outside of the EP laboratory.  These include discuss 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.

Application Process

To apply for the clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship beginning on July 1, 2018, please send the information below to the fellowship coordinator, Elizabeth Gorka. The deadline for submitting application materials is November 15, 2016. Please complete this form as well: 

  • Official medical school transcript (copy accepted)
  • Official record of USMLE board scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement describing your experience, research interests, and detailed career goals
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside 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).

Please send your application materials to:

University of Minnesota
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship
Attn: Fellowship Coordinator
Mayo Mail Code 508
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
cvfellow@umn.edu