if you love pharm, phys, and procedures. also taking into account residency length and other considerations- whats a better way to go: interventional/invasive cards or anesthesia w/ a possible cardiac fellowship?
First question you should ask yourself is Do I like internal medicine?
when you do get a chance to do procedures its the same exact thing over and over.. caths, ep studies, echo reads..caths are bad ass but otherwise kinda boring
Anyone here who was between cardiology and cardiac anesthesia that has any additional input? I am planning on going the cardiac anesthesia route as I feel it is more procedural and hands on. However, a month into my anesthesia sub-I and definitely missing certain aspects of the patient contact.
Interventional cardiologists attract patients to hospitals and generate revenue. Cardiac anesthesiologists do neither. In the future, this may become an important distinction. Should it guide your choice of specialty? If you're on the fence, it is at least worth considering the impact this one distinction will have on your job security, political capital, and day-to-day satisfaction.