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Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship

The goal of the West Virginia University Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship is to provide the trainee with the organizational structure and educational experience to fulfill and achieve Level 3 competency requirements in echocardiography (the highest level of expertise in the field). In essence, this level confers the ability to move beyond the independent performance and interpretation of echocardiography and become a “diplomate of echocardiography”. The various modalities of echocardiography include trans-thoracic, trans- esophageal and stress (exercise, dobutamine) echocardiography. The goals and objectives of the training program are set according to recommendations for training in adult echocardiography endorsed by the Canadian Society of Echocardiography.

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Educational Responsibilities 

The teaching and supervisory work during the trainee’s fellowship will cover three aspects of clinical echocardiography: (1) image acquisition, (2) image interpretation, and (3) study reporting.

Cardiology Facilities

The major sites for clinical activities at the flagship location of West Virginia University Hospitals, Ruby Memorial Hospital, a 524 bed tertiary referral center, which is home to the state of the art WVU Heart and Vascular Institute located inside the 10 floor South East Tower multi-million dollar expansion project.

Faculty and Fellows

The Cardiology faculty and fellows represent a very accessible resource in clinical medicine, teaching, scientific knowledge and basic and applied research. Currently, there are 25 full time faculty within the Division of Cardiology at the WVU School of Medicine.

Application Information

Selection Criteria and Application Process for Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Applicants

  1. To be eligible for selection, applicants must apply via email to
  2. Our institution does NOT sponsor H-1B Visas; we sponsor ONLY J-1 Visas, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  3. All applicants must have three letters of recommendation.
  4. All applicants must be a graduate of an ACGME accredited internal medicine residency program.
  5. If you are a foreign medical graduate, you must have a current, valid certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) AND have or be eligible for a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in West Virginia.
  6. The selection process stringently evaluates performance on the USMLE, grades in pre-clinical or clinical courses, and letters of recommendation, communication skills, and personal qualities.
  7. We do not have a minimum score requirement for the USMLE.
  8. The program does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
  9. We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Academic year.
  10. Interviews will be conducted in Fall of 2020 for a 2021 appointment.

Goals and Objectives of the Fellowship Program

The specific objectives of the cardiology fellowship is to provide expansive training and experience in each of the following areas over three years:

  • Clinical cardiology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Stress Testing & Imaging
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Research

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to:

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Jamie Alkire
West Virginia University
Cardiology Program Manager, Office of Graduate Medical Education
Cardiology Fellowship Program Manager, Medicine