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Preparing for the Boards? Use these Tools for Success

Preparing for the Boards can be very stressful, but the American College of Cardiology (ACC) can help! ACC's offers a variety of options designed specifically to help Fellows in Training (FITs) like you prepare for the exam:

Educational Tools

Self-Assessment & Meeting on DemandPrograms


Courses


Peer Presentations


ACC In-Training Exam (ACC-ITE)
Practice taking an exam similar to the Boards with the ACC-ITE. To learn more, review frequently asked questions about ACC-ITE. Ask your training director to sign your program up to take the In-Training Exam so you and your colleagues will be prepared.

Board Exams
For the most up-to-date exam schedule and to register for the Boards , visit the American Board of Internal Medicine's website .

Career Resources

As you begin your career in cardiology, take advantage of ACC's resources to find the position that's right for you.

Choosing the Right Career
Review these presentations* to help you pick the right career path:

  1. Academic Careers in Cardiovascular Medicine
  2. Careers in Basic Cardiovascular Research
  3. Careers in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention
  4. Careers in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research
  5. Careers for Clinician Investigators
  6. Choosing a Research Project and a Research Mentor
  7. Finding the Right Job in Clinical Practice or Academia: Advice for Young Clinicians and Investigators
  8. Funding Opportunities for Investigators in the Early Stages of Career Development
  9. Mentoring: Making the Transition from Mentee to Mentor
  10. A Roadmap for the Twilight Zone: Navigating United States Cardiovascular Career Development for International Trainees

See a list of references for these presentations below.

Preparing for Your Job Search
The first step to searching for a job is getting your resume in order. Below, please find tips for how to stand out from the pool of potential candidates.


Finding a Position
Begin your job search using these peer-recommended websites. Each of the sites below have cardiology-specific job postings:


Negotiating Your Salary:
The Medical Group Management Association conducts an annual physician salary survey that includes cardiologists. Below is sample salary data from the 2010 Physician Compensation and Production Survey Report. The MGMA's full survey report is available for purchase on their website.

Physician Compensation by Geographic Section for All Practices

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Midwest

 

 

 

Southern

 

 

 

Western

 

 

 

 

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Median

 

 

 

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Cardiology: Electrophysiology
44
$465,678
89
$483,558

 

 

 

 

72
$537,215
41
$461,700
Cardiology: Invasive
63
$414,000
127
$452,929

 

 

 

 

199
$535,780

 

 

 

 

114
$407,273
Cardiology: Intv-Intvl
126
$486,356
183
$510,414
211
$586,838
149
$456,469
Cardiology: Noninvasive

 

 

 

 

224
$390,179
240
$437,798
172
$470,610
97
$344,359

Source: Physician Compensation Report, 2010. Report based on 2009 data.

Make sure you're negotiating your salary the best you can by using this advice:


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