can be divided into two parts; Cardiologist and Interventional Cardiologist. The cardiologist job description would be the standard cardiology physician who treats and diagnoses heart disease. The interventional cardiologist is a physician who performs a variety of invasive tests and procedures to assist in diagnoses of and treatment of cardiac disease.
Cardiologists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and intervention of diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system. They are highly specialized. Some even go on to become cardiac surgeons. Most of them work in small private offices or clinics, often assisted by a small staff of nurses and other administrative personnel. Increasingly, physicians are practicing in groups or health care organizations that provide backup coverage and allow for more time off. These physicians often work as part of a team coordinating care for a population of patients; they are less independent than solo practitioners of the past.
Physicians and surgeons serve a fundamental role in our society and have an effect upon all our lives. They diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive health care.
There are two types of physicians: M.D. or Doctor of Medicine and D.O or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. M.D.s also are known as allopathic physicians. While both M.D.s and D.O.s may use all accepted methods of treatment, including drugs and surgery, D.O.s place special emphasis on the body's musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic patient care. D.O.s are more likely than M.D.s to be primary care specialists although they can be found in all specialties. About half of D.O.s practice general or family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics.
Working conditions are usually pleasant with the work environment being indoors in well lighted exam rooms and hospitals. Hours of work frequently exceed 60 hours a week in the busier practices. Many cardiologists spend a significant amount of time on call. This typically can result in being awakened at all hours of the night and/or being asked to come in at irregular times to evaluate a patient.
Training and Qualifications - what you have to do to be a Cardiologist
Formal education and training requirements for physicians are among the most demanding of any occupation. 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency, depending on the specialty selected. A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 rather than the customary 8 years.
Premedical students must complete undergraduate work in physics, biology, mathematics, English, and inorganic and organic chemistry. Students also take courses in the humanities and the social sciences. Some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain practical experience in the health professions.
In addition to becoming a physician an cardiologist must complete an accredited program in cardiology.
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