Doctors have the option to specialize in a certain area or to become a general practitioner. Internal medicine is one area of specialization. There are also subspecialties under this area like cardiology. A cardiologist does not have to be certified in surgery, but must obtain a board certification in cardiovascular disease. This is a long process. Here are three things you need to be board certified.
Pass All Parts Of The USMLE
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-part test for obtaining a medical license. This test is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).
Part one of the exam evaluates your understanding to apply scientific concepts relating to medicine. Part two consists of two parts, which are clinical knowledge and skills. This part of the examination tests your ability to apply medical knowledge and patient skills. You must pass Part one and two of the USMLE before moving on to take Part three.
Part three of the USMLE determines if you have the knowledge and understanding to work alone. After, you pass part three of the exam, you can work as a physician without supervision.
Take The Examination For The American Board Of Internal Medicine
Cardiologists must complete a residency in internal medicine to get board certified. The residency is done after finishing medical school. It usually takes three years to complete.
The next step is to take the board certification examination given by the American Board of Internal Medicine. This examination takes a few hours to complete, which includes registration, tutorial and breaks.
Study Materials For Board Certification
Getting cardiology review materials is one of the ways to pass your board certification. You must come up with a study plan. There are a variety of study resources available for this exam. Some resources are free and others are not free. You can buy the standard board review books, take an internal medicine board review course or take online practice tests. It also helps to quiz yourself using practice test questions.
After getting board certified in internal medicine, you should complete your fellowship, which is done after your residency. At the end of your fellowship, you can take the Cardiovascular Disease Certification Examination. Passing this test means you are board certified in cardiology. A cardiologist is a very rewarding career and worth the time it takes to become one.