Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Application Information

    Eligibility Requirements

    A major aim of the Cardiology fellowship is to offer comprehensive training that will prepare fellows for careers in either academic medicine or clinical practice.

    We typically have six first year positions to fill; we interview upwards of 50 applicants for the six positions. As you are probably aware, fellowship programs are extremely competitive. The number of applicants is increasing each year. To help guide your decision in applying.  Here are some of our requirements:

    1. Fellows must have U.S. citizenship or a permanent or J1 Visa.
    YOU MUST POSSESS YOUR PERMANENT OR J-1 VISA AT THE TIME OF YOUR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. H-1 Visa will NOT be considered.

    2. Graduates of foreign (not U.S. or Canadian) medical schools should have three years of residency in internal medicine in the primary hospital of a university medical school in the U.S. or Canada. We cannot consider candidates without residency in a university hospital.

    3. Personal statements should provide background information about you. We are interested in knowing why you have chosen Cardiology and what you plan to do after fellowship. We would also like to know what special interests you have during fellowship so we can include appropriate faculty among your interviews.

    4. We judge you most heavily on what is comparable to other members of your cohort, e.g.:
    Class standing in medical school.
    Scores on USMLE examinations.
    The quality of your residency program.
    Research productivity.

    Letters of recommendation are required. Please ask letter writers to objectively compare your work with that of your peers. The letter from the Chairman or Director of your residency program should summarize the scores of the latest evaluations of your work by the residency evaluation group, or in some way show where you stand among your peers.

    How To Apply

    All applications to the Cardiology Fellowship Program should go through ERAS. Starting in 2018, the timeline for application for medical subspecialty fellowships has been modified.  The NRMP match for fellowships will move from June of the R2 year to December of the R3 year.  Unfortunately, ERAS has not changed their application timelines and will not open for applications until July 1.  This will leave very little time for completion of applications, review of applications, and selection of applicants for interviews.
    Any interested applicants are urged to start their application process early.  Requests for USMLE reports, reference letters, and other supporting documentation should be ready for submission on July 1 when you receive you applicant number from ERAS.  We would recommend to applicants that they have all of the information required for the ERAS application form ready for submission on July 1.  When reference letters are requested, we recommend that faculty members be notified that their letters should be ready for submission to ERAS on July 1, if possible.


    *** The majority of the documents described in “Required Documents” are required by ERAS. However, ERAS will not scan several of the documents that we require, i.e. social security card, copy of Virginia medical license (if you have one), ECFMG certificate; copy of your J1 or green card; medical school diploma (and translation where applicable). Mail all documents to:

    VCU School of Medicine
    Department of Internal Medicine

    Jeanette A. Wood
    PO Box 980509
    Richmond, VA 23298-0509
    Phone: 804-828-3149
    Fax: 804-628-2436
    jeanette.wood@vcuhealth.org

    Required Documentation

    All applicants must apply through ERAS and register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Along with your application, we require several documents that ERAS does not scan.

    They are:

      a copy of Virginia medical license (if you have one);
      ECFMG certificate;
      copy of your J1 or green card;
      medical school diploma (and translation where applicable); and a fourth reference letter.
      Social Security number/card.

    Our ideal candidate has completed three years of Residency in Internal Medicine in a university hospital.

    *** The majority of the documents described in “Required Documents” are required by ERAS. However, ERAS will not scan several of the documents that we require, i.e. social security card, copy of Virginia medical license (if you have one), ECFMG certificate; copy of your J1 or green card; medical school diploma (and translation where applicable). Mail all documents to (if selected for fellowship):

      VCU School of Medicine
      Dept of Internal Medicine
      Jeanette A. Wood

      PO Box 980509
      Richmond, VA 23298-0509
      Phone: 804-828-3149
      Fax: 804-628-2436

    Application Timeline

    We plan on interviewing applicants on Thursdays during August through November. We will begin to review applications on July 15 and priority will be given to applications that are complete.  Our deadline for applications will be August 1.

    Interview Information

    Interview Days will be approximately 07:30 am to 4:00 pm.  This will include Cardiology Conference, a meet and greet and program overview, interviews with five faculty members and current fellows, lunch and a tour by current fellows and a wrap up with the Program Director.