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Dr. Zile with fellows

Cardiology Fellowship Program

Under the direction of Daniel Judge, M.D., the Division of Cardiology's fellowship programs continue to grow. A position in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program is highly competitive. With over 500 applications annually, approximately 50 candidates are interviewed for the six available slots each year. Graduates of the three-year General Cardiology Fellowship Program have a greater than 98 percent pass rate on their Cardiology Boards. 

Upon completion of the General Cardiology program, fellows may opt to continue their education by participating in an interventional or electrophysiology fellowship at MUSC. All three of these fellowship programs are accredited by the ACGME. Under the leadership of J. Marcus Wharton, M.D., the Electrophysiology Fellowship Program accepted its first two fellows in 2003. One or two fellows are accepted into this two-year fellowship each year. Under the leadership of Christopher D. Nielsen, M.D., the Interventional Fellowship Program accepted its first two fellows in 2001, and currently accepts two or three fellows each year.

Division faculty members provide extensive teaching services and hold leadership positions across the MUSC campus. Michael Zile, M.D. is the Charles Ezra Daniel Professor of Medicine at MUSC and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He leads a highly productive program in translational research investigating novel therapies for heart failure. Donald R. Menick, Ph.D. is Director of the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute and Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at MUSC. He serves as Director of the T32 cardiovascular training grant. He is also Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at MUSC and Associate Director of the MSTP program’s T32 training grant. A full listing of the Cardiology faculty can be found here.

Monthly assignments during the fellowship provide intensive clinical training, including rotations in the cardiovascular ICU, echocardiography, coronary angiography, nuclear imaging, clinical electrophysiology, advanced heart failure & transplant, imaging (CT angiography, cardiac MRI, PET), adult congenital heart disease, preventive cardiology, and general consultative cardiology. Each fellow participates in a continuity clinic on a weekly basis. The third fellowship year is tailored to the needs and long term goals of each individual fellow. Each general Cardiology fellow is expected and encouraged to participate in clinical or basic research, under the mentorship of the faculty.

More on the Adult General Cardiology Fellowship
More on Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellowship
More on Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
More on the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

For more information on these programs, please contact Anna AdamsProgram Coordinator for the Cardiology Fellowship Programs at

Note: All specialty and subspecialty residents must have passed the USMLE Step 3 Exam (or the equivalent COMLEX Step 3 exam) before entering any MUSC GME program on July 1. We accept candidates who are United States citizens, permanent residents (Green card holders), or with J1 visas.