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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?

Cardiology (from Greek καρδίᾱ, kardiā, "heart"; and -λογία, -logia) is a specialty dealing with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The field includes diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians specializing in this field of medicine are called cardiologists. Cardiologists should not be confused with cardiac surgeons, cardiothoracic and cardiovascular, who are surgeons who perform cardiac surgery - operative procedures on the heart and great vessels.

The term cardiology is derived from the Greek word καρδιά (transliterated as kardia and meaning heart or inner self).

Q: What is a Cardiologist?

A: Cardiology, or the discipline of medicine that specializes in heart disease, is a complex and sophisticated field. Generally, three types of cardiology specialists care for your heart.

A cardiologist has special training and skill in finding, treating, and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels in adults.

A pediatric cardiologist has special training and skill in finding, treating, and preventing heart and blood vessel disease in infants, children, and teenagers. In some cases, the pediatric cardiologist begins diagnosis and treatment in the fetus and continues into adulthood.

A cardiac surgeon has special training and skills to perform delicate operations on the heart, blood vessels, and lungs.

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

A: If your cardiology specialist adds F.A.C.C. - Fellow of the American College of Cardiology - to his or her name, it is a sign of significant accomplishment and commitment to a profession, to a specialty, and to the provision of the best health care for the patient.

Election to ACC membership is based on training, specialty board certification, scientific and professional accomplishments, length of active participation in a cardiovascular-related field, and peer recognition. Members are expected to conform to high moral and ethical standards.

Q: How much training does a Cardiologist receive?

A: After four years of medical school, these highly-trained doctors spend from six to eight more years in specialized training. A cardiologist receives three years of training in internal medicine and three or more years in specialized cardiology training. A pediatric cardiologist receives three years of training in pediatrics, and three or more years in specialized pediatric cardiology training. A cardiac surgeon must complete five years of training in general surgery before starting a two-or three-year cardiothoracic training program. Some cardiac surgeons have additional training to perform pediatric or transplant surgery.

Q: How long does it take to become a cardiologist?

A: 4 years of medical school, then 3 years of residency in internal medicine and finally 3 years of fellowship training in cardiology this same setup applies for many of the non-surgical sub-specialties. About 7 years of education. and yes you need a college diploma and you have to get certified by your state of practice.

Q: What education or training is required to become a cardiologist?

A: Undergrad (Pre medicine) ---> medical school ---> internal medicine residency ---> cardiology fellowshp

Any undergraduate degree. To become a cardiologist, you must be accepted by and graduate from an accredited medical school and then successfully complete an internship. To get into medical school, you must have a good GPA for your bachelors degree and score well on your MCATs (Medical College Admission Tests). Theoretically, you can do that with any undergraduate degree, but students who have pre-med, biology, or chemistry degrees have a leg up on the competition.

Most undergrad's major in biology, biochemistry or pre-med. They also try to take all of the hardest courses on campus since entrance to medical schools is very competitive. In their junior or senior year, they take the MCAT and begin applying to med. schools. Med. school takes 3 years on average. To specialize in cardiology, you would take additional courses focusing on the heart. After med. school, you would do your internship and residency with cardiologists. After residency, you'd be ready to begin your career.

 

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