General (CV) Cardiology Program

Our mission is to train outstanding physicians and physician-scientists with a solid tripartite       foundation in clinical care, teaching, and research in order to become board eligible in adult cardiovascular medicine.  Once you have completed your training in Internal Medicine, our program will provide a curricula tailored to your needs and goals in accordance with ACGME established guidelines.  We expect our fellows to become leaders in the expanding global academic cardiovascular medicine community and we approach this mission with enthusiasm, inviting you to join us!

Our program provides comprehensive training and exposure in all major areas of cardiovascular medicine. Clinical Rotations are divided into four week blocks, providing thirteen rotations each year.  You'll participate in clinical rotations performed at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville General - Meharry Hospital and the immediately adjacent Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The typical schedule for the first year CV fellow is:

  • 2 months in the Vanderbilt Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • 2 months in the Vanderbilt Echocardiography Laboratory
  • 1 month of Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine
  • 1 month of Electrophysiology
  • 7 months of Clinical rotations at either:  VA CCU; VA Cardiology Consult Service; General Cardiology; Nashville General - Meharry Hospital or Inpatient General Cardiology at Vanderbilt.

Weekly CV Conferences

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  7 AM: Valve Conference

7 AM: Clinical Management

  7 AM: EP Conference 7 AM: Interventional Conference  

12 PM: Heart Failure Case Conference

12:PM: Board Review

12 PM: Cardiology Grand Rounds

12 PM: Echo/ Multimodality Imaging Conference

12 PM: Fellows Meeting/Journal Club


Clinical training is augmented by a robust schedule of weekly conferences. The entire division attends Clinical Management Conferences and Cardiology Grand Rounds and other weekly teaching conferences are offered by the Interventional Echocardiography, Arrhythmia, and Nuclear Cardiology services. View our Adult Cardiovascular Medicine and Research Fellowship Training Manual.

During your second year of training, the Division supports your attendance at one national conference, such as those sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, AFCR, ASCI, AAP or Subspecialty Research meetings. Additional conferences and presentations are supported by research mentors. The Division along with Vanderbilt Heart sponsors an annual conference in February: Advances in Science and Practice, and we encourage fellows to attend the Friesinger Society Annual Alumni Group meeting in April.

The General (CV) Cardiology program is directed by Lisa A. Mendes, MD  and Julie Damp, associate director.  If you're accepted into our program, you will have multiple options to design the training program to suit your needs. Traditional 3-year training is available, in addition to 2-year clinical coupled with 1-3 years of  Advanced Research  and/or clinical training.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Level II training is available in the following areas: Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine / Transesophageal and Transthoracic Echocardiography; Coronary Angiography; Cardiovascular Magentic Resonance Imagining; and Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography.
Applications are accepted only through the ERAS website and it opens for applicants to develop applications on July 1, 2018.  We accept (7-10) fellows annually and the Deadline to apply for AY2020  positions:  July 26th, 2019.   Interviews will be held on September 23rd, September 30th, October 7th and October 14th 2019.

Thank you,

Kimberly Potts
Associate Program Manager
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
2220 Pierce Avenue
383 Preston Research Building
Nashville, Tn 37237
615-936-1713- Office
817-692-3573- Cell
615-936-1872- Fax


Please send the following documents to  ERAS:

  • ERAS Application Worksheet
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one preferably by your program director)
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean’s Letter
  • Wallet Size Color Photograph
  • USMLE Transcript (Transmitted by the NBME)
  • ECFMG Status Report (International Medical Graduates Only)
Click here to view the  Clinical Rotations and Curriculums


Lisa A. Mendes, MD                       Julie B. Damp, MD