Cardiology is generally stereotyped as the most high profile and practical skill based of the medical specialties. Despite this not entirely unfair image of cardiologists, the subject of cardiovascular medicine embraces a very wide range of clinical activities. Cardiovascular medicine enjoys an unrivalled evidence base of effective preventive and therapeutic options. The new imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance and CT scanning will certainly complement and probably challenge the invasive investigations performed in the cardiac catheter laboratory. The expert clinical management of patients with heart failure, cardiomyopathy or atrial fibrillation is as rewarding as the quasi-surgical skills demanded of the coronary or electrophysiological interventionalist.
If you are decisive, energetic, interested in effective therapies, and enjoy working in a team that includes specialist nurses, cardiac physiologists and cardiac surgeons, then cardiology may well be the Specialty for you. Cardiology is determined to evolve in a way which continues to make it attractive to the brightest medical graduates irrespective of gender. Despite out-dated perceptions, cardiology welcomes female doctors.
There is a wide variety of opportunities for research in Cardiology and the broader field of Cardiovascular Medicine. The new (2007) Curriculum is likely to facilitate opportunities for academic careers. The SAC and its academic sub-committee, will help to advise trainees wishing to develop their academic potential whilst obtaining a CCT in Cardiology.
For further information on the specialty and on the curriculum covered can be found on the JRCPTB site.