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What is a Cardiologist?

My Cardiologist has F.A.C.C. after his name, what does it mean?

How much training does a Cardiologist receive?

How long does it take to become a cardiologist?

What education or training is required to become a cardiologist?

What classes do you take to become a cardiologist?

What license is needed to be a cardiologist?

What is an Interventionists cardiologist?

What is the difference between a Cardiac surgeon and lets say a interventional cardiologist?

How long is medical school?

What qualifications do you need to become a doctor?

What is the USMLE?

What is a good USMLE score?

What is AOA?

What is a residency?

What is an internship?

What is a "preliminary" year? A "categorical" year?

What is the Match?

How many hours do interns/residents work?

What does "board certified" mean?

How do a choose a residency program? I need to declare a medical specialty before long, but I have so many conflicting feelings and thoughts about various clinical areas. How can I make the right choice?

Q: What classes do you take to become a cardiologist?

A: In high school you must take medical terminology , nursing, Cardiology, biology, chemistry,math, and phycholgy. To become a cardiologist you need to take classes that deal with human Cardiology, cardiology, math, biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, english, etc. you have to have a good idea of the body through the dissection of cadavers (obviously) and then you need to get your doctoral degree and take up a residency for about 3-6 years

Q: What license is needed to be a cardiologist?

A: A license to practice medicine, and a board certification by your state of practice

Q: What is an Interventionists cardiologist?

A: This is a person who does the heart surgeries (such as people who do surgery after heart attacks). Interventional cardiology refers to non-surgical procedures used in the treatment of coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease and performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Balloon angioplasty, atherectomy (surgical removal of arterial plaque), eximer laser, stent deployment and direct intervention for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) are among the procedures performed by interventional cardiologists.

Q: What is the difference between a Cardiac surgeon and lets say a interventional cardiologist?

A: A cardiac surgeon is a surgeon, obviously, who goes through a general surgery residency and then a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship. An interventional cardiologist is a cardiologist, not a surgeon, who completes an Internal medicine residency, a cardiology fellowship, then an interventional cardiology fellowship.

Q: How long is medical school?

A: In the United States, medical school is generally four years in length. You spend the first two years predominantly in the classroom and lab, and the last two years predominantly in the hospital.

 

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