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CARDIOLOGIST: At 16, She Became A Nurse's Aide & Took Care Of Patients

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Dr. Tremmel is an Interventional Cardiologist, a specialist who opens up heart arteries to re-establish blood flow to the heart and prevent heart attacks. By the time she entered college, she already had a lot of experience taking care of patients, and knew she wanted to be a doctor.

Degree: Medicine
Job Title: Interventional Cardiologist

Job Summary: Physicians and Surgeons

Job Description

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

On-the-Job Training

Fellowship/residency

Additional Info

All physicians and surgeons must pass a standardized national licensure examination. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$70,000 - $400,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills, Likes working with hands

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m='12320'>having</span> <span m='12640'>a</span> <span m='12680'>heart</span> <span m='12910'>attack,</span> <span m='13570'>it</span> <span m='13700'>means their</span> <span m='13940'>artery</span> <span m='14265'>is</span> <span m='14590'>plugged</span> <span m='14970'>up</span> <span m='15170'>and</span> <span m='15280'>they</span> <span m='15390'>can't</span> <span m='15640'>get</span> <span m='15790'>the</span> <span m='15860'>blood</span> <span m='16170'>to</span> <span m='16260'>their</span> <span m='16390'>heart</span> <span m='16710'>so</span> <span m='17030'>it's</span> <span m='17230'>not</span> <span m='17410'>getting</span> <span m='17650'>the</span> <span m='17730'>nutrition</span> <span m='18230'>it</span> <span m='18330'>needs.</span> <span m='18990'>And</span> <span m='19160'>so</span> <span m='19330'>they</span> <span m='19490'>come</span> <span m='19740'>into</span> <span m='19930'>the</span> <span m='20000'>hospital</span> <span m='20470'>with</span> <span m='20620'>chest</span> <span m='20930'>pain,</span> <span m='21520'>and</span> <span m='21680'>what</span> <span m='21830'>I</span> <span m='21940'>do</span> <span m='22540'>is</span> <span m='22750'>take</span> <span m='22960'>them</span> <span m='23150'>up</span> <span m='23310'>to</span> <span m='23720'>a</span> <span m='23820'>place</span> <span m='24140'>called</span> <span m='24350'>the</span> <span m='24440'>Cath</span> <span m='24820'>Lab</span> <span m='25500'>and</span> <span m='25670'>we</span> <span m='25870'>put</span> <span m='26110'>a</span> <span m='26220'>wire</span> <span m='26710'>into</span> <span m='27020'>their</span> <span m='27190'>heart</span> <span m='27430'>artery</span> <span m='27990'>and</span> <span m='28100'>then</span> <span m='28240'>we</span> <span m='28360'>balloon</span> <span m='28800'>it</span> <span m='29280'>and</span> <span m='29430'>then</span> <span m='29570'>we</span> <span m='29690'>put</span> <span m='29850'>in</span> <span m='29980'>a</span> <span m='30030'>stint,</span> <span m='30460'>which</span> <span m='30640'>is</span> <span m='30750'>a</span> <span m='30810'>metal</span> <span m='31120'>tube to</span> <span m='31520'>help</span> <span m='31740'>keep</span> <span m='31920'>it</span> <span m='32040'>open.</span> <span m='32810'>Once</span> <span m='33110'>we</span> <span m='33270'>get</span> <span m='34100'>the</span> <span m='34400'>blood</span> <span m='34770'>going</span> <span m='35020'>back</span> <span m='35210'>to</span> <span m='35310'>the</span> <span m='35380'>heart,</span> <span m='36260'>then</span> <span m='36350'>the</span> <span m='36420'>patient</span> <span m='36770'>feels</span> <span m='36990'>better.</span> </p><p><span m='38010'>I</span> <span m='38300'>started</span> <span m='39240'>taking</span> <span m='39520'>care</span> <span m='39680'>of</span> <span m='39720'>patients</span> <span m='40120'>when</span> <span m='40240'>I</span> <span m='40310'>was</span> <span m='40630'>quite</span> <span m='40970'>young.</span> <span m='41440'>I</span> <span m='41580'>was</span> <span m='41740'>16</span> <span m='42310'>years</span> <span m='42560'>old</span> <span m='42950'>and</span> <span m='43490'>decided</span> <span m='43880'>to</span> <span m='43970'>become</span> <span m='44190'>a</span> <span m='44380'>nurse's</span> <span m='44740'>aid.</span> <span m='45490'>And so</span> <span m='45840'>I</span> <span m='45930'>had</span> <span m='46100'>to</span> <span m='46160'>take</span> <span m='46370'>a</span> <span m='46440'>little</span> <span m='46670'>course</span> <span m='47140'>and</span> <span m='47260'>then</span> <span m='47560'>I</span> <span m='47720'>learned</span> <span m='48030'>how</span> <span m='48240'>to</span> <span m='48900'>take</span> <span m='49100'>care</span> <span m='49280'>of</span> <span m='49330'>patients</span> <span m='49820'>and then</span> <span m='49940'>I</span> <span m='50090'>did</span> <span m='50270'>it</span> <span m='50380'>in</span> <span m='50450'>several</span> <span m='50760'>places.</span> <span m='51840'>I</span> <span m='51920'>worked</span> <span m='52190'>in</span> <span m='52270'>a</span> <span m='52300'>hospital,</span> <span m='53185'>I</span> <span m='53500'>worked</span> <span m='53780'>in</span> <span m='53900'>a</span> <span m='53980'>nursing</span> <span m='54520'>home,</span> <span m='54950'>I</span> <span m='55250'>actually</span> <span m='55640'>also</span> <span m='55860'>went</span> <span m='56020'>to</span> <span m='56110'>patient's</span> <span m='56550'>homes.</span> <span m='57430'>I</span> <span m='57640'>also</span> <span m='57990'>worked</span> <span m='58350'>for</span> <span m='58540'>Hospice,</span> <span m='59240'>which</span> <span m='59450'>is</span> <span m='59590'>a</span> <span m='59660'>company</span> <span m='60160'>that</span> <span m='60390'>helps</span> <span m='60660'>take</span> <span m='60850'>care</span> <span m='61000'>of</span> <span m='61040'>patients</span> <span m='61460'>who</span> <span m='61600'>are</span> <span m='62200'>dying,</span> <span m='63530'>and</span> <span m='63790'>we</span> <span m='63950'>helped</span> <span m='64269'>try</span> <span m='64459'>to</span> <span m='64560'>make</span> <span m='64769'>that</span> <span m='65370'>a</span> <span m='65920'>comfortable</span> <span m='66440'>process.</span> <span m='67270'>So</span> <span m='67590'>I</span> <span m='67690'>had</span> <span m='67860'>a</span> <span m='67890'>lot</span> <span m='68120'>of</span> <span m='68180'>experience</span> <span m='68660'>taking</span> <span m='69050'>care</span> <span m='69250'>of</span> <span m='69300'>patients</span> <span m='69710'>before</span> <span m='70010'>I</span> <span m='70120'>even</span> <span m='70320'>went</span> <span m='70490'>to</span> <span m='70580'>college,</span> <span m='71030'>and</span> <span m='71110'>I</span> <span m='71180'>knew</span> <span m='71510'>that</span> <span m='71700'>I</span> <span m='71770'>wanted</span> <span m='72110'>to</span> <span m='72190'>be</span> <span m='72340'>a</span> <span m='72380'>doctor.</span> </p><p><span m='73630'>So</span> <span m='74050'>in</span> <span m='74250'>college</span> <span m='74680'>to</span> <span m='74790'>become</span> <span m='75120'>a</span> <span m='75460'>cardiologist,</span> <span m='76220'>eventually</span> <span m='76475'>you</span> <span m='76730'>have</span> <span m='76940'>to</span> <span m='77050'>take</span> <span m='77260'>a</span> <span m='77320'>lot</span> <span m='77520'>of</span> <span m='77590'>science</span> <span m='78010'>classes,</span> <span m='78810'>so</span> <span m='79250'>you</span> <span m='79480'>take things</span> <span m='79920'>like</span> <span m='80050'>biology</span> <span m='81000'>and</span> <span m='81240'>physics,</span> <span m='82610'>chemistry,</span> <span m='84130'>and</span> <span m='84380'>all</span> <span m='84510'>those</span> <span m='84690'>sorts</span> <span m='84890'>of</span> <span m='84930'>classes.</span> <span m='85880'>And</span> <span m='86040'>then</span> <span m='86220'>you</span> <span m='86290'>go</span> <span m='86450'>to</span> <span m='86540'>medical</span> <span m='86930'>school,</span> <span m='87620'>and</span> <span m='88570'>after</span> <span m='88920'>medical</span> <span m='89250'>school,</span> <span m='89450'>you</span> <span m='89540'>have</span> <span m='89740'>to</span> <span m='89840'>do</span> <span m='90060'>residency.</span> <span m='91490'>And</span> <span m='91600'>then</span> <span m='91790'>if</span> <span m='91900'>you</span> <span m='92060'>want</span> <span m='92200'>to</span> <span m='92260'>be</span> <span m='92370'>a</span> <span m='92420'>cardiologist,</span> <span m='93120'>then</span> <span m='93220'>you</span> <span m='93280'>have</span> <span m='93430'>to</span> <span m='93520'>do</span> <span m='93650'>what's</span> <span m='93820'>called</span> <span m='94010'>a</span> <span m='94050'>fellowship.</span> <span m='94620'>So</span> <span m='94800'>it's</span> <span m='94960'>a</span> <span m='95040'>long</span> <span m='95500'>process,</span> <span m='96500'>but</span> <span m='96640'>if</span> <span m='96750'>it's</span> <span m='96920'>a</span> <span m='97070'>career</span> <span m='97450'>you</span> <span m='97590'>love,</span> <span m='97920'>it's</span> <span m='98070'>definitely</span> <span m='98420'>worth</span> <span m='98680'>the</span> <span m='98770'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='99730'>My</span> <span m='99950'>main</span> <span m='100320'>advice</span> <span m='101210'>in</span> <span m='101490'>terms</span> <span m='101810'>of</span> <span m='101930'>thinking</span> <span m='102200'>about</span> <span m='102420'>your</span> <span m='102560'>career</span> <span m='103180'>is</span> <span m='103520'>to</span> <span m='103650'>figure</span> <span m='103900'>out</span> <span m='104070'>what</span> <span m='104200'>you</span> <span m='104360'>really</span> <span m='104670'>like</span> <span m='104890'>to</span> <span m='105030'>do.</span> <span m='105470'>This</span> <span m='105970'>is</span> <span m='106060'>something</span> <span m='106490'>you'll</span> <span m='106650'>have</span> <span m='106840'>to</span> <span m='106930'>get</span> <span m='107110'>up</span> <span m='107300'>and</span> <span m='107560'>do</span> <span m='107960'>every</span> <span m='108240'>day</span> <span m='108530'>for</span> <span m='108620'>the</span> <span m='108730'>rest</span> <span m='108970'>your</span> <span m='109140'>life,</span> <span m='109500'>so</span> <span m='109570'>you</span> <span m='109780'>better</span> <span m='110010'>make</span> <span m='110210'>sure it's</span> <span m='110530'>something</span> <span m='111160'>you</span> <span m='111320'>enjoy.</span> <span m='112490'>I</span> <span m='112650'>wouldn't</span> <span m='112980'>let</span> <span m='113190'>outside</span> <span m='113750'>factors</span> <span m='114370'>like</span> <span m='114790'>what</span> <span m='115270'>people</span> <span m='115560'>expect</span> <span m='116030'>you</span> <span m='116220'>to</span> <span m='116370'>do</span> <span m='117110'>or</span> <span m='117210'>how</span> <span m='117320'>much</span> <span m='117540'>money</span> <span m='117890'>you'll</span> <span m='118090'>have</span> <span m='118930'>or</span> <span m='119060'>what</span> <span m='119300'>part</span> <span m='119510'>of</span> <span m='119560'>the</span> <span m='119640'>country</span> <span m='120020'>you</span> <span m='120100'>might</span> <span m='120280'>have</span> <span m='120430'>to</span> <span m='120550'>live</span> <span m='120800'>in</span> <span m='121430'>drive</span> <span m='121910'>your</span> <span m='122050'>decision.</span> <span m='122750'>I</span> <span m='122890'>would</span> <span m='123060'>actually</span> <span m='123870'>take</span> <span m='124100'>more</span> <span m='124270'>time</span> <span 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