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QWhat are the qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired to be­come a con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist?

ADoc­tors who have spe­cialised in the con­di­tion and treat­ment of heart dis­eases and the car­dio vas­cu­lar sys­tem are known as car­di­ol­o­gists. Not only do car­di­ol­o­gists treat heart-re­lated con­di­tions but they also coun­sel and ad­vise pa­tients on how to pre­vent th­ese con­di­tions.

Be­ing an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing ca­reer it is ad­vis­able you sit for a psy­cho­me­t­ric test be­fore you em­bark on this jour­ney. In ad­di­tion to the tech­ni­cal skills re­quired, a car­di­ol­o­gist is of­ten re­quired to take crit­i­cal de­ci­sions and re­main calm un­der ex­treme pres­sure. A steady hand, at­ten­tion to de­tail, sense of em­pa­thy and be­ing pre­pared for be­ing called to duty at any time of the day or night are other at­tributes re­quired for a suc­cess­ful car­di­ol­o­gist.

As­pir­ing car­di­ol­o­gists need to first ob­tain a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in medicine and then en­roll for spe­cial­i­sa­tion.

In the UK, uni­ver­si­ties that teach the med­i­cal pro­gram are at­tached to hos­pi­tals, al­low­ing stu­dents to prac­tice clin­i­cal medicine whilst study­ing.

Stu­dents should study chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy and maths in high school and get top grades. In ad­di­tion, all med­i­cal schools need stu­dents to write ei­ther the UKCAT or BMAT which are ap­ti­tude tests de­signed to test the an­a­lyt­i­cal skills, men­tal abil­i­ties, pro­fes­sional be­hav­iour and at­ti­tude of the as­pir­ing doctor.

You must sup­ple­ment your aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions with in­tern­ships and vol­un­teer­ing work. This could in­clude care for el­ders, an­i­mal care or special needs or work in hos­pi­tals/clin­ics. A re­search paper should give you the ex­tra edge re­quired to dif­fer­en­ti­ate you from other can­di­dates.

Stu­dents ap­ply­ing to med-schools have to also at­tend an interview which to show their knowl­edge, com­pas­sion for the peo­ple and in­ter­est in the sub­ject. Ap­pli­cants called for interview will face search­ing ques­tions about their mo­ti­va­tion, their work at school, hob­bies and per­sonal in­ter­ests, as well as hav­ing to pro­duce ev­i­dence of their aca­demic and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar achieve­ments. A key ques­tion will be your rea­son for want­ing to be­come a doctor.

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