Ok, I need some help here. I am really, really interested in cardiology, but I also have some concerns. First and foremost, the hours turn me off. Is there anyway to have some semblance of a normal family life as a cardiologist? An interventional cardiologist I shadowed is telling me to go into non-invasive cardiology (says that's pretty much the only way I can work 40 hrs a week in the field). I'm not sure how much this would appeal to me as I prefer procedure oriented specialties, but it's definitely an option. I guess what I'm trying to get at is whether or not it's possible to be an interventional cardiologist and still work normal hours? Perhaps in an academic setting? One other question. Is it true that most academic medical centers lock in their fellowship positions early with their own residents? My good friend is a PGY-2 and says he'll have his cardiology fellowship by the end of this year, which I thought was strange. In other words, should you try to obtain residency at the same institution where you'd like to do your fellowship? Thanks.