Frequently Asked Questions
Where the the Graduate School of Medicine located?
We are located in Knoxville, TN at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knoxville is situated in the Eastern Section of Tennessee and is home of the main University of Tennessee campus with a current enrollment of approximately 25,000 students.
What is the application process?
All of our positions are filled for the 2010-2011 academic year. We have an excellent group of new fellows. We only accept applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) which was developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Our application deadline for the academic year beginning July 1, 2011 will be February 28, 2010. We participate in the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) and do not usually offer positions outside the match.
Do you accept International Medical Graduates?
We accept non-US medical school graduate applications through ERAS. Foreign graduates must pass USMLE step one and two and be ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certified. The University of Tennessee Medical Center accepts the J-1 visa. We do not admit H-1 or H-1b visa holders.
Candidates from “off-shore” medical schools must have full medical licensure approved by the State of Tennessee for acceptance to our fellowship program.
What is your current position availability?
We are are currently accepting ERAS applications for FY-1 positions that will begin in July 2011. Presently we have no other openings. There are two Cardiovascular Disease fellow positions available per year.
Do you offer Externships or Observerships?
Due to legal and HIPPA regulations, we do not offer observerships or externships.
What is the length of the program?
The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is three years.
When does the program start?
The first year fellows arrive for an orientation day, foundational curricula, ACLS course, PALS course, and computer education on July 1.
Where is the primary teaching location?
The primary site for all hospital rotations and most electives is the University of Tennessee Medical Center campus in Knoxville, TN. The Heart Lung Vascular Building on campus houses University Cardiology, the fellowship office, fellows office and state-of-the-art conference room. We also utilize the Medical Simulation Center, located in the hospital. We do not participate as a VA medical center and do not have U.S. government affiliation.
What are the salary and benefits?
Please follow this link for salary and benefit information. Benefits include free parking, on-call meal allowance, major medical and disability insurance (resident shares cost). We also have a CME allowance of up to $1,500 for PGY II or III residents to cover CME or approved research presentations. Vacation is three weeks/year and 12 days of accrued sick time/year.
What is the program's certification status?
We are certified by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) for a maximum of six cardiovascular disease fellows. (The total number of residents at the Knoxville campus is 188.) We are fully approved, with our site visit just completed in April 2009.
Where may I review the 'Resident Letter of Agreement?'
Fellow Letter of Agreement (.pdf)
This is a letter (used in place of a contract) that all fellows need to agree to and sign before starting our program. The NRMP requires applicants to be informed of conditions of employment prior to the Match. Before ranking any program it is suggested to read the program's Agreement Letter. Please call Pam Trentham at the number below if there are any questions.
Where may I find more information?
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone (865) 305-6324
Fax (865) 305-6849