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Will cards fellowship be harder next year?

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by ecCA1, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. ecCA1

    ecCA1 Member 10+ Year Member

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    Once you have to do a cards fellowship to be TEE-certified as an anesthesiologist, I've heard that hearts fellowships will become noticeably more difficult to obtain. How realistic is this?
     
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  3. 2ndyear

    2ndyear Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    In my opinion, not really. It's hard to pass up big bucks as a CA-3 to spend one more year at around $50,000. Cardiac fellowships are large in number as well and it would take a huge demand to fill them. There are also so many practices that don't even do hearts, unless TEE becomes 'gold standard' monitoring, if ever in non-cardiac surgery then the incentive to become certified is small. Also the reimbursement is not great for an exam.
     

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