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CARDIOLOGY FELLOW: The Path To Cardiology Specialty Is Challenging And Rewarding

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Elaine talks about assisting in procedures and treating patients as part of her training to be a Cardiologist. She advises: don't become a doctor for the money. You must love it, as she does.

Degree: Medicine
Job Title: Cardiology Fellow

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, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Military, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Leadership ability, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills

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m='13085'>who</span> <span m='13370'>is</span> <span m='13630'>the</span> <span m='13690'>supervisor</span> <span m='14480'>on</span> <span m='15470'>different</span> <span m='15720'>procedures</span> <span m='16270'>such</span> <span m='16460'>as</span> <span m='16660'>cardiac</span> <span m='16910'>catheterization.</span> <span m='19130'>Those</span> <span m='19460'>procedures</span> <span m='20020'>are</span> <span m='20130'>done</span> <span m='20430'>on</span> <span m='20720'>our</span> <span m='20900'>patient.</span> <span m='22880'>So</span> <span m='23560'>that's</span> <span m='24200'>what</span> <span m='24320'>I</span> <span m='24400'>do</span> <span m='24730'>on</span> <span m='25060'>a daily</span> <span m='25473'>basis.</span> </p><p><span m='26560'>And</span> <span m='26820'>what</span> <span m='27040'>was</span> <span m='27180'>my</span> <span m='27520'>career</span> <span m='27770'>educational</span> <span m='28165'>path?</span> <span m='30230'>Obviously,</span> <span m='30590'>went to</span> <span m='30900'>college,</span> <span m='31550'>and after</span> <span m='32042'>that,</span> <span m='33520'>it's</span> <span m='33930'>a</span> <span m='34200'>long</span> <span m='34480'>process,</span> <span m='35150'>medical</span> <span m='35490'>school</span> <span m='35840'>for</span> <span m='35970'>four</span> <span m='36220'>years</span> <span m='37020'>and</span> <span m='37350'>residency</span> <span m='39142'>internal</span> <span m='39600'>medicine</span> <span m='40210'>for another</span> <span m='40530'>three</span> <span m='40850'>years.</span> <span m='41390'>In</span> <span m='41440'>addition</span> <span m='41800'>to</span> <span m='41920'>that,</span> <span m='43340'>another</span> <span m='43620'>three</span> <span m='43840'>years of</span> <span m='44190'>cardiology</span> <span m='44623'>fellowship,</span> <span m='45490'>and</span> <span m='45780'>there's</span> <span m='46030'>actually</span> <span m='46450'>more to</span> <span m='46550'>that.</span> <span m='46800'>You</span> <span m='47190'>can</span> <span m='47680'>specialize</span> <span m='48320'>further.</span> <span m='48740'>If I</span> <span m='49650'>just</span> <span m='49940'>want</span> <span m='50090'>to</span> <span m='50160'>do</span> <span m='51250'>procedures,</span> <span m='51600'>then</span> <span m='51950'>you have</span> <span m='52300'>to</span> <span m='52620'>do</span> <span m='52830'>another</span> <span m='53060'>one or</span> <span m='53310'>two years.</span> </p><p><span m='54140'>So</span> <span m='55380'>what</span> <span m='55620'>motivated</span> <span m='55910'>me to</span> <span m='56280'>take</span> <span m='56590'>this</span> <span m='56750'>job?</span> <span m='57160'>I</span> <span m='57240'>love</span> <span m='57450'>taking</span> <span m='57760'>care of</span> <span m='57920'>people,</span> <span m='58410'>obviously.</span> <span m='58840'>That's</span> <span m='59050'>the</span> <span m='59160'>most</span> <span m='59630'>important</span> <span m='60080'>motivation.</span> <span m='60640'>You</span> <span m='60740'>got</span> <span m='61010'>love</span> <span m='61230'>what</span> <span m='61400'>you</span> <span m='61510'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='63080'>You</span> <span m='63670'>don't</span> <span m='63840'>want</span> <span m='63990'>to</span> <span m='64040'>go</span> <span m='64220'>into</span> <span m='64700'>this</span> <span m='65319'>for</span> <span m='65480'>money.</span> <span m='65910'>You will</span> <span m='66100'>be</span> <span m='66220'>miserable.</span> <span m='67440'>That's</span> <span m='67680'>a</span> <span m='67830'>big</span> <span m='68200'>advice</span> <span m='68760'>I</span> <span m='68880'>want</span> <span m='69080'>to</span> <span m='69120'>give</span> <span m='69430'>all</span> <span m='69570'>of</span> <span m='69670'>you</span> <span m='69790'>who</span> <span m='69920'>are</span> <span m='69970'>considering</span> <span m='70500'>becoming</span> <span m='70890'>a</span> <span m='70950'>doctor</span> <span m='71490'>is</span> <span m='71820'>you have to</span> <span m='72080'>love</span> <span m='72380'>what you do,</span> <span m='73400'>and</span> <span m='73540'>passion,</span> <span m='74230'>and taking</span> <span m='74682'>care of people,</span> <span m='75134'>and</span> <span m='76040'>learning</span> <span m='76390'>the</span> <span m='76500'>unknown</span> <span m='76910'>or</span> <span m='77130'>trying</span> <span m='77370'>to</span> <span m='77480'>figure</span> <span m='77770'>out</span> <span m='77840'>the</span> <span m='77950'>unknown.</span> </p><p><span m='79480'>So</span> <span m='80060'>what should</span> <span m='80420'>people</span> <span m='80650'>expect</span> <span m='81210'>when they</span> <span m='81430'>get</span> <span m='81610'>a</span> <span m='81670'>job</span> <span m='82000'>like</span> <span m='82160'>mine</span> <span m='82660'>is</span> <span m='83160'>that</span> <span m='83450'>you</span> <span m='83560'>need</span> <span m='83710'>to</span> <span m='83780'>sacrifice</span> <span m='85176'>quite</span> <span m='85652'>a bit</span> <span m='86128'>of</span> <span m='87620'>time,</span> <span m='88180'>in</span> <span m='88610'>terms</span> <span m='88910'>of</span> <span m='90500'>going</span> <span m='90930'>out</span> <span m='91360'>with</span> <span m='91450'>friends</span> <span m='92060'>or</span> <span m='92280'>hanging</span> <span m='92650'>out.</span> <span m='92890'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='93370'>we</span> <span m='93440'>don't</span> <span m='93610'>get</span> <span m='93750'>that</span> <span m='93900'>luxury</span> <span m='94390'>of</span> <span m='94480'>doing</span> <span m='94750'>that,</span> <span m='95080'>but in</span> <span m='95350'>the</span> <span m='95450'>end,</span> <span m='95600'>I think</span> <span m='96030'>it's</span> <span m='96220'>very</span> <span m='96490'>rewarding.</span> <span m='96990'>In</span> <span m='97490'>the end,</span> <span m='97910'>you can</span> <span m='98330'>choose</span> <span m='99170'>a</span> <span m='99910'>type of</span> <span m='100320'>cardiology</span> <span m='100810'>practice</span> <span m='101115'>that</span> <span m='101420'>can</span> <span m='101630'>suit</span> <span m='101960'>your needs.</span> <span m='103280'>You</span> <span m='103640'>can</span> <span m='103840'>make</span> <span m='104030'>it</span> <span m='104300'>the</span> <span m='104650'>way</span> <span m='104810'>you</span> <span m='104910'>want it.</span> <span m='105265'>You know,</span> <span m='105620'>sometimes</span> <span m='106080'>people do</span> <span m='106540'>part time,</span> <span m='107000'>whatever.</span> </p><p><span m='107460'>So</span> <span m='108030'>don't</span> <span m='108220'>give</span> <span m='108370'>up.</span> <span m='108510'>Just</span> <span m='109420'>don't</span> <span m='111100'>give</span> <span m='111280'>up</span> <span m='111420'>because</span> <span m='111690'>you think</span> <span m='111960'>it's</span> <span m='112230'>too</span> <span m='112330'>much</span> <span m='112540'>work.</span> <span m='113140'>If you</span> <span m='113440'>love it,</span> <span m='113740'>you should</span> <span m='114340'>definitely</span> <span m='114940'>pursue</span> <span m='115240'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":195560,"video_id":"2708339328001","name":"61502716","duration":116095,"thumbnail_url":null}});