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Cardiologists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.
Average Military Salary
Cardiologists are specialists who diagnose and treat diseases such as coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, heart failure, and disease of the heart valve. These physicians often rely on medical tests such as electrocardiograms and cardiac catheterizations to diagnose the specific ailment. They prescribe treatments including therapy, medication, and surgery. In the Military, cardiologists work in military clinics or hospitals.
Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for cardiologists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:
- Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety/TeamSTEPPS Essentials and Fundamentals
- Mishap Investigation and Prevention
- Operational Aeromedical Problems
- Senior Leadership
- Joint Operations Medical Management
- Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
- Desire to help others
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Decision-making and integration skills
- Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to remain calm under pressure