On this episode of Career Closeup, we take another dive into the world of medicine. We sat down with Dr. Raul Santos, MD. A Dallas area Interventional Cardiologist. From his early years in college and his service in the U.S Army to his residency and fellowship in Cardiology, Dr. Santos gave us a great insight into the training, practice and rewarding aspects of his incredible field. If you are thinking about medicine or are in medical school and considering a career treating disease of the heart, this is a realistic and informative close up.
01:00 The job of an interventional cardiologist.
02:19 What exactly is a catheterization?
04:10 Tell us about the training to become Interventional Cardiologist.
05:33 What influenced you to go into cardiology and proceeding to interventional cardiology?
07:47 What is a typical day like for an interventional cardiologist? Being “On-Call”?
10:48 How does this field affect your lifestyle, family?
12:10 What would you say are most rewarding and most challenging parts of your job?
13:18 How do you deal with the stress?
14:07 Dr. Santos’ path to success; high school, college and Army days.
17:23 Dr. Santos’ recommendations for high school students, college students that are interested in medicine and cardiology.
18:22 Are there any misconceptions about the medical field, cardiology you want to address?
US Army – Operating Room Specialist (68D)
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Medical School
Baylor Scott & White Health – Cardiovascular Disease fellowship
Baylor Scott & White Health –Interventional Cardiology fellowship
Link to: catheterization procedure of Heart
Link to video: Leg, Peripheral vascular disease