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KEY SKILLS

  • Excellent at communication and collaboration

  • Passionate about patient care

  • Thirst for knowledge in order to innovate and keep learning

  • Ability to make quick decisions in high stress situations

  • Ability to empathise with patients

  • Analytical thinking

PROS

  • Stable and secure career

  • Highly specialised - wide range of disciplines you can follow from surgery and consultancy to research and medical technology development

  • Highly revered field and profession

  • Get to work in a highly collaborative filed with doctors and researchers from all over the world

  • Cardiologists have a very high salary

CONS

  • Post secondary education can be 14-16 years long, including specialisation in the field

  • The study is extremely intensive

  • Long working hours, especially in the beginning

  • Highly competitive field

  • Finding a good work-life balance can be tricky

  • One would have to deliver bad news to patients, can be quite emotionally draining

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospital

  • Academia

  • Independent Practice 

  • You are passionate about saving lives

  • Determined to put in the hours to improve patient care

  • A strong communicator and collaborator

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Willem Einthoven: Founder of the Modern Electocardiography

Willem Einthoven was a Dutch physician who invented the first iteration of the ECG for clinical use in 1902. He was thus considered to be the father for modern Electrocardiography. He proceeded to win the Nobel prize in physiology and medicine for the same. His work was used as the foundation to usher in the age of modern cardiology in the early 20th century.


  • Having A Broken Heart is a Real Syndrome!

Takotusubo Cardiomyopathy, more commonly known as the Broken Heart Syndrome is the failure or weakening of the cardiac muscles in response to a person experiencing great physical or emotional stress. The symptoms mimic those of a heart attack, but most patients are able to make a full recovery.

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