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.
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.
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.