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Susan is a geriatric cardiologist and a faculty member at Vanderbilt, dividing her time treating older adults, teaching students, and research. Feels like girls are sometimes discouraged from becoming doctors; Susan says, go for it!

Degree: Medicine - Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies
Job Title: Geriatric Cardiologist & University Faculty
Employer: Vanderbilt University

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.

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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
National Statistic Change Location
$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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<span m='16467'>different</span> <span m='16966'>things</span> <span m='17465'>I do.</span> <span m='17964'>Being faculty at</span> <span m='18463'>a university,</span> <span m='18962'>I have</span> <span m='19461'>a</span> <span m='19960'>teaching responsibility.</span> </p><p><span m='20459'>I</span> <span m='20958'>actually</span> <span m='21457'>spend</span> <span m='21956'>80%</span> <span m='22455'>of</span> <span m='22954'>my time</span> <span m='23453'>doing research</span> <span m='23952'>on</span> <span m='24118'>heart</span> <span m='24284'>diseases</span> <span m='24451'>of older</span> <span m='24950'>adults.</span> <span m='25449'>And</span> <span m='26447'>so</span> <span m='26946'>I</span> <span m='27445'>work</span> <span m='27944'>with</span> <span m='28443'>a</span> <span m='28942'>team</span> <span m='29441'>of</span> <span m='29940'>researchers and</span> <span m='30439'>nurses,</span> <span m='30938'>and also some</span> <span m='31437'>different individuals.</span> <span m='32934'>I</span> <span m='33433'>also</span> <span m='33932'>have</span> <span m='34431'>a</span> <span m='34930'>clinical</span> <span m='35179'>commitment,</span> <span m='35429'>so I</span> <span m='35928'>see patients</span> <span m='36427'>half a</span> <span m='36926'>day a week--</span> <span m='37425'>older</span> <span m='37924'>adults</span> <span m='38423'>with</span> <span m='38940'>heart disease,</span> <span m='39411'>and</span> <span m='40353'>manage</span> <span m='40824'>their</span> <span m='41295'>issues.</span> <span m='42708'>I</span> <span m='43179'>love</span> <span m='43650'>taking</span> <span m='44121'>care</span> <span m='44592'>of older</span> <span m='45063'>adults.</span> <span m='45534'>I</span> <span m='46010'>think</span> <span m='46350'>they bring</span> <span m='46824'>a lot</span> <span m='47298'>to</span> <span m='47772'>the</span> <span m='48246'>richness</span> <span m='48720'>of</span> <span m='49194'>life.</span> <span m='49668'>I think</span> <span m='50142'>they've</span> <span m='50616'>had</span> <span m='51090'>a lot</span> <span m='51564'>of experience.</span> </p><p><span m='52038'>I</span> <span m='52512'>love</span> <span m='52990'>science,</span> <span m='56526'>which</span> <span m='57017'>is kind</span> <span m='57508'>of interesting,</span> <span m='57999'>because as a</span> <span m='58490'>girl</span> <span m='58981'>who</span> <span m='59472'>loved</span> <span m='59963'>science,</span> <span m='60454'>I</span> <span m='60945'>was</span> <span m='61436'>often</span> <span m='61927'>dissuaded</span> <span m='62418'>from</span> <span m='62909'>doing</span> <span m='63400'>it.</span> <span m='63891'>It</span> <span m='64382'>was</span> <span m='64873'>often</span> <span m='65364'>sort</span> <span m='65855'>of</span> <span m='66346'>suggested that maybe</span> <span m='66837'>other things</span> <span m='67328'>would be</span> <span m='67819'>more</span> <span m='68330'>appropriate</span> <span m='68750'>for</span> <span m='69170'>me.</span> <span m='69640'>And</span> <span m='70110'>also</span> <span m='70580'>often</span> <span m='71050'>dissuaded</span> <span m='71520'>about</span> <span m='71990'>being a</span> <span m='72460'>physician</span> <span m='72930'>and</span> <span m='73400'>some of the</span> <span m='73870'>workload</span> <span m='74340'>and</span> <span m='74500'>making</span> <span m='74660'>that</span> <span m='74820'>choice</span> <span m='75370'>between</span> <span m='76310'>family</span> <span m='76786'>and</span> <span m='77262'>marriage</span> <span m='77740'>and</span> <span m='78160'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='78552'>And</span> <span m='78944'>I wish</span> <span m='79336'>I'd</span> <span m='79730'>know</span> <span m='80085'>that</span> <span m='81426'>you</span> <span m='81899'>can find</span> <span m='82372'>a way</span> <span m='82845'>to have</span> <span m='83318'>a lot</span> <span m='83791'>of</span> <span m='84264'>different</span> <span m='84740'>things</span> <span m='85045'>in life,</span> <span m='85350'>like</span> <span m='85700'>family.</span> <span m='86020'>I'm</span> <span m='86550'>married,</span> <span m='86840'>I have</span> <span m='87050'>children,</span> <span m='87495'>but I</span> <span m='87940'>still</span> <span m='88063'>have</span> <span m='88186'>a</span> <span m='88310'>really</span> <span m='88710'>great career.</span> <span m='89295'>And you</span> <span m='89660'>do</span> <span m='89750'>find a</span> <span m='90180'>balance.</span> <span m='91100'>You</span> <span m='91240'>don't</span> <span m='91460'>do</span> <span m='91760'>everything</span> <span m='92250'>really</span> <span m='92640'>wonderfully,</span> <span m='93140'>but you</span> <span m='93460'>do</span> <span m='93590'>everything</span> <span m='93880'>pretty</span> <span m='94170'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='95470'>Any</span> <span m='96100'>advice</span> <span m='96526'>I</span> <span m='96952'>would</span> <span m='97378'>say</span> <span m='97804'>is that--</span> <span m='98230'>this is</span> <span m='98660'>actually</span> <span m='99010'>more to the</span> <span m='99461'>girls</span> <span m='99912'>out there--</span> <span m='100814'>just</span> <span m='101265'>go</span> <span m='101716'>for it.</span> <span m='102830'>Just</span> <span m='103020'>really</span> <span m='103240'>go</span> <span m='103500'>for it.</span> <span m='103970'>And</span> <span m='104980'>I</span> <span m='105130'>would</span> <span m='105360'>suggest</span> <span m='105900'>that</span> <span m='106110'>you</span> <span m='106210'>really</span> <span m='106560'>try</span> <span m='106780'>to</span> <span m='106820'>get</span> <span m='107000'>experience.</span> <span m='108200'>So</span> <span m='108500'>maybe</span> <span m='108800'>shadow</span> <span m='109400'>people</span> <span m='109700'>in</span> <span m='110000'>hospitals.</span> 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