How to Become a Cardiologist
Job Duties of a Cardiologist
Skills and Qualities Needed To Become a Cardiologist
Cardiologist Salaries
Influential Professional Cardiologists
Leading Organizations in this Field
Top Cities for Cardiologist Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Cardiologist

Like any doctor, a Cardiologist must complete an undergraduate college program as well as medical school. During the four year undergraduate study, courses in biology, physics, anatomy, and physiology must be taken. Some students volunteer at hospitals to get experience for medical school. Four years in medical school must next be completed. After medical school, a cardiologist must choose to specialize in cardiology and complete a residency.

To get into medical school, only three years of undergraduate education is technically required, but most medical schools require a full undergraduate degree to be completed. Getting into medical school can be very difficult and takes into account grades, experience, volunteer work, and many other criteria. Interviews are also important for medical school applicants. Medical students then complete both in-class coursework and lab work. After completing medical school, a doctor receives an M.D. (Medical Doctor) degree.

Physicians are licensed by state, by passing a licensing examination. If a physician moves from one state to another, he may have to take another licensing examination, although some states allow for physicians to transfer licenses. Cardiologists must pass an additional examination to be licensed in their specialty, and complete an additional residency in order to be a cardiologist.

What does a Cardiologist do?

Cardiologists diagnose and treat illnesses related to the heart and the cardiovascular system. Cardiologists are generally seen by referral. If a patient sees a general practitioner and the general practitioner feels that the patient needs the attention of a cardiologist, he or she can make a referral.

When a cardiologist sees a patient, he or she may do one of many things. First of all, the cardiologist will probably take a brief medical history from the patient. Although this information can be found within the patient's file, it can help to hear it from the patient and the cardiologist may gain additional information this way.

A cardiologist may then perform tests to diagnose the patient. There are many different types of cardiology tests to measure the heart and cardiovascular system's functioning. Stress testing, radiology, and many other procedures may be performed.

Cardiologists treat problems related to the heart and cardiovascular system by a number of methods. Medication may be used, and cardiologists may consult with patients about diet and exercise. Some cardiologists may also perform surgery.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Cardiologist?

There are many skills and qualities necessary to become a cardiologist, as it is a very demanding and exacting job. As with any physician, a cardiologist must excel in school, both before medical school, in order to get in, and in medical school. Physicians must be detail oriented, as these details could literally mean the difference between life and death to someone. Personal motivation is important to cardiologists and other physicians, and a desire to serve their patients.

A good bedside manner is important in cardiologists, as they may have sad or difficult news to deliver to someone and they must be able to encourage patients to do what is best for them. Emotional stability is important, as cardiologists may see a lot of tragedy in their line of work and still need to be able to make quick and important decisions. Cardiologists must also continue to study to keep up in their line of work.

What do Cardiologists make?

Although cardiologists, like most physicians, make quite a bit of money, they usually have substantial debt from medical school and college that they are paying off as they are working.

Cardiologists typically make around $250,000 a year. In 2007, cardiologists in New York were the highest paid, making about $278,000 a year, with those in Los Angeles, California making a median salary of $268,000, those in Seattle, Washington making around $252,000 a year, and cardiologists in Houston, Texas making a median annual salary of $247,000. These salaries differ not only by location but by work setting, amount of hours worked, and seniority/experience.

Cardiologists, like most physicians, tend to have full health and dental benefits, as well as retirement benefits.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

W. Douglas Weaver, MD is the president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a teaching college. Alfred A. Bove, MD is the president-elect of the ACC, and Ralph G. Brindis, MD, is the vice president.

The Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is Kim Allan Williams, MD. Carlos S. Ince, Jr, MD is the President of the ABC, and Charles W. Noble II, MD is the Vice President.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is a teaching college and organization for cardiologists and those pursuing a career in the field of cardiology. The ACC advocates for high-quality cardiology care for all people, as well as cardiology education and research. It promotes high standards for cardiologists and the field of cardiology in general. The ACC aims to turn knowledge into practice in the field of cardiology.

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is an association that aims to reduce and finally eliminate the disparity between Caucasians and people of color in being diagnosed and successfully treated for heart disease.

What are the top cities for Cardiologist jobs?

The top city in the United States for cardiologist jobs is Phoenix, Arizona. Cincinnati, Ohio comes in at second place for cardiologist jobs, and Minneapolis, Minnesota is in third place. Cardiologists looking for jobs in the United States may also want to check out Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts, which come in at fourth and fifth place, respectively, for cardiologist jobs in the United States.

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