Fellowship | Cardiology

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Program Director: Vijay Ramu, MD, FACC

The Cardiology Division is built on a strong academic background and involves education activities of medical students, residents and Cardiology fellowship program.

Both third and forth year medical students seek educational training through elective and selectives offered by our division. Students also receive encouragement and guidance to seek careers in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

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Internal Medicine Residents rotate through our inpatient services and are involved in patient care. They are assigned to one half day clinic per week with different faculty for exposure on outpatient cardiology. Residents are exposed to different modalities of diagnostic cardiac studies to understand the indications and limitation of the studies.

Family practice residents also seek educational experience in the Cardiology division. They have an elective rotation in their internship and  have an option of a selective rotation to have more ambulatory exposure in cardiology.

The Division of Cardiology inaugurated its fellowship program in 1981, and has grown steadily over the past decade to become a three-year fully accredited program with a total of nine fellowship positions.

Our fellows rotate at three major clinical sites; Johnson City Medical Center, VA Medical Center and Quillen ETSU Heart. Fellows have continuity clinics at the VA Medical Center and ETSU Heart where they receive outpatient cardiology training. Fellows spend time in management of patients in the CCU and take part in consultation and admission services for cardiology. They are trained in performing and interpreting diagnostic studies such as EKG's, echocardiograms, stress tests, nuclear imaging studies and cardiac catheterizations. They gain experience in device implantations, electrophysiology studies and diagnostic peripheral vascular studies. Trainees are also exposed to Cardiac Rehabilitation services and special clinic settings for Congenital Heart disease and Device clinics. Dedicated research time is given to fellows that are involved in research projects with faculty to publish articles in various Pubmed journals.

Our educational conferences are very strong with a master schedule calendar involving fellows and faculty. We have weekly core conferences presented by diverse faculty to cover the cardiology curriculum. Weekly conferences on different diagnostic modalities such as cardiac catheterizations, nuclear imaging, echocardiogram and CT angiograms are presented. All fellows participate in a weekly graphics conference (designed to enhance their expertise in ECG and complex arrhythmia interpretation to prepare them for crucial segment of the subspecialty boards). Monthly Journal Clubs, M and M conferences and research conferences are presented by fellows and faculty. Periodic Board review and Guideline sessions are available to our fellows.

Our Division continues to grow and expand with a clear emphasis on education and scholarly activities.

To view a list of all current fellows: click here

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through ERAS for fellows starting in July.

If you have any Questions please call Carla at (423) 439-8048 or email at