Is cardiology a good field to become a surgeon in?
I am a rising junior in college and I know its really early to be thinking about this. I am positive I want to become a surgeon and have chosen three fields that sound interesting to me: Cardiothoracic surgeon, General surgeon, or Trauma Surgeon, in that order.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
After college, medical school is another 4 years.
Surgery residencies follow medical school. General surgery is a 5 year program (but you do receive a salary during these years.)
Cardiothoracic surgery is a 6 year program.
To clarify, cardiology is a branch of internal medicine which would entail a 3 year medicine residency followed by a 3-4 year cardiology fellowship.
In order to become a surgeon, you will need to excel in your pre-med classes, have a GPA of at least a 3.5 and be accepted to medical school. After 4 years of medical school and being accepted into a residency, you will need to be hard-working, have the endurance to tolerate an 80 hour work week and have the willingness to learn new information every day.
Cardiothoracic surgery is a great field to go into but it is also very fast paced. Surgeons not only have additional schooling after medical school, but they also tend to have more intense on-call hours. This means that in addition to the normal 12 hour shifts that they work they will also need to come in sometimes for emergency surgeries.