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How is your experience as a cardiologist? (pls help my potentential career research)

Hello! My name is Melanie, and I am a current high school student in 10th grade. I'm conducting an interview with a CARDIOLOGIST for a Foundations in Health Science Class research project about careers! I have created a total of 13 questions. Please comment on this post, answering all 13 questions to be a part of my assignment by providing insight on your experience in this career sector. Thank you!

1. Why did you choose this specialized field of medicine?

2. Did you consider becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon while choosing your career path, and what ultimately led to your final decision to pursue or not pursue the surgical route?

3. Were you in a college program and where? (ex: any health pathway) How many years did your higher education take, and what degrees did you earn (please list majors)?

4. Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years?

5. What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job?

6. Did you join any school clubs/ extracurriculars related to your current profession?

7. What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career?

8. How did you decide pursuing a doctorate of cardiology was worth it, despite the challenges?

9. Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date?

10. Where did you shadow other professionals in the field for residency? Please describe how this shadowing better prepared you with clinical experience.

11. Do you find your profession fulfilling? (in terms of work-life balance, weekly work hours, income, patient interaction, etc.)

12. What is your work environment (ex: hospital, private practice, etc.) now, and how would you rate the stress level of it?

13. What other values/ likes do you have outside of your profession have you been able to incorporate into your job? (ex: socioeconomic equity, teaching others, etc.)

Thank you comment icon Hi Melanie, you've asked a ton of great questions, but listing them all at once can be overwhelming for professionals. I highly encourage you to ask each one individually (or search to see if its already been asked) so that professionals can answer each question in detail! Gurpreet Lally, Admin

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Gurpreet’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hey Melanie,

Although I'm not a cardiologist, I'd like to help with your project! I noticed that your schoolmate, Ethan, asked the same question and received responses. Here's the link: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/698848/professional-in-cardiology-field
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