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A career in cardiology: why?
  1. Clare Coyle1,
  2. Holli Evans2
  1. 1 Department of Cardiology, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Cardiology, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Clare Coyle, Department of Cardiology, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, London W12 0HS, UK; c.coyle{at}

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Cardiology remains an attractive specialty. In the UK for the 2017 application round, cardiology received the highest number of applications of all the medical specialties. At its peak in 2011, the competition ratio for a UK cardiology training number was 6.46.1 Due partly to an increase in training numbers (from 94 to 136), this has reduced to 2.65 in 2017,2 but it still remains a competitive specialty. What drives people to pursue a career in cardiology? To get a local sample of opinion, we surveyed first-year and second-year doctors at a busy London teaching hospital. As a topic, 64% of the 33 responders (80% female) thought …

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  • Contributors The article was researched and written by CC. HE obtained and analysed the data for local perceptions of cardiology, performed searches for relevant additional articles, and edited the written article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.