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hey

i was wondering how long it would take to be a cardiologist.

I have very limited knowledge,

-undergrad is ~3-4 years
-med school is 4 years
-residency is 2 years
-specialization ~3 years
= guessing around 11 years?

and is it true that in residency the student starts getting paid? and what are the wages?
also, is it possible to do the specialization while working?

I would love any further knowledge that you guys have concerning this topic.

Thanks!
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You're right about undergrad and med school. For cardiology though, you need to go through a 3 year internal medicine residency and then a 3 year cardiology fellowship on top of that. I'm not sure if an internship is required prior to the residency (don't think so though). But either way, 13 years at the minimum.

You do get paid during your residency, usually around $30-50k, depending on the program. And you won't be able to "work", your residency is essentially your job, you won't have time for another one unless you work really odd hours and don't sleep.

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thanks!

so basically the residency during which one is paid is the one after the med school, right? and the residency is 2 years? also, after residency, does one apply for the position as a doctor at hospitals of choice?
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No, read my post again, residency is 3 years. AFTER that you still have to complete a cardiology fellowship (and pass the board exam), otherwise you will just be an internal med specialist, not a cardiologist. You have to complete 2 specialties (internal med and cardiology), because cardiology is a subspecialty within internal medicine.

Essentially you have at least 6 years of training following med school before you become a cardiologist. Aka assuming you enter undergrad at age 18 and get into med school within 3 years, you will be at least 31 years old when you finally finish.

After you become a cardiologist, you apply to work wherever you want, it's just like any other job.
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@Mas40 wrote
hey

i was wondering how long it would take to be a cardiologist.

I have very limited knowledge,

-undergrad is ~3-4 years
-med school is 4 years
-residency is 2 years
-specialization ~3 years
= guessing around 11 years?

and is it true that in residency the student starts getting paid? and what are the wages?
also, is it possible to do the specialization while working?

I would love any further knowledge that you guys have concerning this topic.

Thanks!



Heya!
There's a really great book out there that gives a really open and honest break down about the path to becoming a doctor. Called "So You Want to be a Doctor, Eh?" Definitely check it out, twas an eye opener for me.
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