The overall goal of the cardiovascular training program is to continue to develop and prepare outstanding individuals for careers in academic medicine and research. The curriculum is designed to provide comprehensive training in the evaluation and management of a wide variety of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases. During training, each fellow is exposed to both intensive didactic instruction and substantial direct patient care experiences. Together, these experiences equip fellows to diagnose and care for the gamut of cardiovascular diseases including: acute and chronic coronary artery disease, acute and chronic heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, lipid disorders, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, pulmonary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, infectious and inflammatory heart disease, and adult congenital heart disease.
Emory University has trained cardiovascular specialists since 1946. The program was first nationally-accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) on July 1, 1987, under the leadership of the current Department of Medicine chairman, Dr. R. Wayne Alexander. In the last twenty years, over 200 fellows have completed the program. The Division of Cardiology has experienced considerable growth in the past two decades, with the size of our general cardiology training program increasing from to 26 to 34 positions between 1989 and 2004. The experiences obtained by Emory trainees allows for them to acquire both the competency and expertise needed of a specialist in the field of cardiovascular diseases. This is reflected in the 98% pass rate for the ABIM subspecialty certification examination over the past two decades.
The Emory Cardiology Fellowship program receives approximately 600 applications each year. With a wide array of applicants we have an extensive representation of medical schools represented in our programs.