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How hard is it to be a Cardiologist ?

I’m just exploring options in the medical field. Being a cardiologist is one of the careers I want to pursue.

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Michel’s Answer

To become a Cardiologist you will need to finish up a bachelors degree in a degree of your choosing. You will then need to work on prereqs and take the medical entrance exam which is a 7.5 hour exam. Once you do that you will apply to medical school and go through a long process here. During this you will fill out applications talking about your activities you performed during undergrad such as research, volunteering, shadowing, experience, leadership, and activities you do for fun. Once you get all of this filled out interested schools will send you a secondary application. You will fill these out and wait a couple months for interview invites if the schools like you. Once you do that and you get an acceptance you will attend medical school for four years. After that you will match into internal medicine residency and do three years of residency and apply for fellowship for cardiology which is three more years. So in total it will take 14 years in total, but once in third year of medical school you will be spending time with patients and learning on the floor instead of in the classroom.
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Steve’s Answer

A Cardiologist is a very rewarding field to get into, however in order to be a Cardiologist you must go through a lot of schooling.(undergraduate, medical school, residence, internships)If you put your mind to it and work hard at your goal there is nothing you can't achieve
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Pamela’s Answer

Katherine, keep in mind going through the process of becoming any kind of doctor and then being successful at it will be challenging. There are no ‘easy’ medical fields because you will be competing with lots of other people for spots in programs, jobs, etc, then working hard once you’re there. Some fields are more competitive than others. Becoming a cardiologist won’t be easy but if you’re committed to it you can do it. You’ll have the privilege of taking care of people and will always be in high demand. You’ll probably never struggle to find employment. You’ll get to improve and even save people’s lives. People live longer these days and most will need a cardiologist at some point so it’s a great choice! Hope this helps.
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