The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Medicine

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program

This three-year, ACGME approved, cardiovascular disease fellowship program is designed to develop the internal medicine residency program graduate into an expert consultative cardiologist capable of pursing a clinical or academic career or further subspecialty training in cardiovascular medicine. At the beginning of the program, the professional goals of the fellow are solicited, and a program is designed to facilitate the fellow's progress toward meeting those goals. During the fellowship, the fellow has the opportunity to pursue more specialized training in invasive cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, electrophysiology, nuclear cardiology, or computed tomographic cardiac imaging through program design and the appropriate selection of electives. The fellowship program follows the American College of Cardiology recommendations for Core Cardiology Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine (COCATS).


Inpatient training takes place at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), a tertiary referral center and Level-I Trauma Center serving the entire East Tennessee region. During the consultative and critical care rotations, the fellow treats inpatients with the entire range of cardiovascular disorders. During the required and elective rotations, the fellow receives extensive training in electrocardiography, exercise stress testing, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Higher level training is available in any of the above subspecialty areas at the fellow's request and with program director approval. Ambulatory training takes place in the Heart Lung Vascular Institute, which adjoins the hospital. There the fellow evaluates cardiovascular disease patients in a private practice setting and follows the fellow's own panel of patients in a continuity clinic. Throughout the fellowship, the fellow works closely with a research mentor on a research project of the fellow's choosing. The fellow is provided with six months of dedicated research time during the third year of the fellowship to complete the research project.

Center of Excellence

The Heart Lung Vascular Institute is one of the medical center's six Centers of Excellence. Each center is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to patients and expert commitment plays a critical role in the hospital's ongoing success.The Heart Lung Vascular Institute brings together expertise in clinical care, teaching and research. Patients receive exceptional healthcare combined with patient-centered care, premier technology and extensive patient/community education in one convenient outpatient facility.

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