Why Cardiology?

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

Trying to figure out what kind of doctor you should become? Wondering what specialty you should choose? Then SheMD's Why Specialty Series is perfect for you! We're bringing you female physicians sharing WHY they chose their specialty. Today's post is on why Dr. Feigofsky chose the field of cardiology and why cardiology is a great field.

I am the first in my family to go to medical school. I feel fortunate in that I had no expectations of what my medical school experience was going to be like, nor did I have any experience of what a doctor’s life should look like.

As a student, I found myself drawn to the operating room. In the OR the entire team must work together to achieve a good outcome. Akin to listening to a symphony, if one instrument is out of tune, or out of rhythm, the entire piece is forever changed. I quickly learned that I was skilled at suturing and I enjoyed the stepwise approach to an operation. It required incredible focus, and also an ability to be able to react quickly to an unexpected outcome. The energy was intoxicating, and I could not get enough.

What I also learned about myself during my medical school journey is that I loved the doctor-patient relationship. I love the bond that forms, and I truly enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life, that I might not otherwise encounter. I got as much out of knowing my patients as I did from treating their illness. I also knew that I did not want to spend all day, every day in a clinic.

I often joke that every cardiologist wanted to be a surgeon.

Being a cardiologist allows me to combine the two things I enjoy most about medicine: a long-term patient relationship and procedures.

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about the lack of women in cardiology and how should we encourage women to join our specialty. I never really thought about my gender when I decided on my specialty. Rather, I focused on what I loved and what I was passionate about. I was also honest with myself about what I disliked. Surprisingly, I spent a l