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Arrange with your family doctor or a medical contact to shadow a cardiologist as he or she conducts office visits, does rounds in a hospital, or performs surgery.

Examine the Career sections of the Web sites of the American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Cardiology, or similar organizations to get a sense of what positions are available in this field.

If you are already a physician, pursue certification in your specialty. Board certification is an impressive qualification to add to your resume.

If you did not major in a medicine-related subject in college, you can still qualify for medical school by taking organic chemistry and related subjects in summer school and then applying to medical school.

When choosing courses in college prior to medical school, do not neglect courses in other fields like the humanities. The best physicians are those who can relate to their patients in many areas, not just scientific subjects.

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