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What should I consider when picking majors to become a cardiologist?

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Michel’s Answer

Currently in medical school. Like others have said there is no specific degree, but there are certain degrees that will allow you to knock out prerequisite classes that you will need to apply to medical school.

I ended up going with a Biology degree and this degree gave me all of the prereq classes that I needed to apply to medical school. That doesn’t mean you have to have this degree, but it does mean some degrees will require you to take a few extra classes to fufill these requirements. In my class we have Biology degrees, Engineering degrees, Psychology degrees, Art majors, Sociology majors, and everything in between. We have people that came from the military we have people that were professional boxers.

The medical field is working hard to diversify and the best thing that most people can do is to follow their passions. If you have a passion for Cardiology you will most likely like classes that are science based. Go for a degree in this area, but don’t be afraid to go outside of the lines in some things. Some of the most important aspects of an application are what did you do with your free time. Did you volunteer at an animal shelter and just stand in a corner on your phone. If you spent 4000 hours doing this it is not going to be as interesting as creating an organization that cleans up the community that you spent 400 hours on. Do the things that you will be able to talk about.

During my interviews most of my interviewers didn’t look at numbers, but they prodded to see if I did things to collect hours or if I did those things because I actually cared. One of my biggest contributions was 1000 hours with the Salvation Army. My interviewer asked me about some of my favorite moments volunteering with them, and we just talked about why I liked it. The interviews are where you will differentiate yourself.

I am proud of you for being so motivated and I hope the best for you. If you have any more questions let me know, and I would love to answer them for you. Good luck and you are awesome. :)
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Aisha’s Answer

Hi A'zaaria,

Future cardiologists must first do a three-year residency in internal medicine. The internist then completes three to five years of cardiovascular training—two years of which must include clinical training in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases. There is no specified major needed, but most future cardiologists opt for a major in biology, chemistry or cardiovascular technology. Most medical schools require a prospective cardiologist to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) before being admitted into medical school.

Good Luck :)
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Ekele’s Answer

Becoming a cardiologist requires several years of undergraduate studies, followed by medical school, residency, and fellowship training. Here are some considerations when selecting majors for your undergraduate studies:

Pre-med Requirements: Medical schools require students to complete specific pre-med courses before applying. These typically include biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is essential to ensure that your chosen major fulfills these requirements.

Relevant Majors: While there is no specific major required to enter medical school or become a cardiologist, some majors can provide a strong foundation for future studies. Examples of relevant majors include biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. These majors can provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills for medical school.

Your Interests: It is important to select a major that aligns with your interests and passions. Studying a subject that you enjoy will make your undergraduate studies more enjoyable and keep you motivated throughout your journey to become a cardiologist.

Research Opportunities: Research experience is beneficial when applying to medical school and can also help you stand out during the application process. Some majors offer more research opportunities than others, so consider majors that align with your research interests.

Extracurricular Activities: Extracurricular activities can help you develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, all of which are important for future doctors. Look for majors that offer opportunities for involvement in relevant extracurricular activities, such as pre-med clubs or volunteering at hospitals.

Ultimately, selecting a major should be based on your interests, academic strengths, and long-term career goals. It is important to choose a major that will provide you with a strong foundation for medical school and aligns with your interests and passions.
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Abigail’s Answer

When choosing your career path, i would suggest you look into school of choice, what they require and then weigh out the pros and cons of each school.

From the school requirements you can plan from there, the subjects that you need to take. Are you going to do pre-med prerequisites or are you gonna do bachelors- some can even do dual majors because of the subjects offered in certain semesters.
What does it take to get into your school of choice- schools look at how well rounded the individual is gpa plus their activities contributing to personal growth, activities that relates to the career path you are choosing.
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