This is an outline of the standard Cardiology training pathway - it may vary (hopefully more and more!) but usually involves a combination of these steps. We hope this will be useful particularly for medical students who to understand what lies ahead.
basic physician training
After intern year, residents can apply for basic physician training (BPT). BPT is a three year program: the first year is generally gaining experience in a number of medical specialties; the second is when candidates study for exams, and the third is when candidates sit the written exam (February) and if successful the clinical exam (July). Applications to specialty training programs are in August, and interviews are in late August-September.
Cardiology advanced training
Cardiology advanced training is a three-year program. There are approximately 13 positions available in Victoria. The first two are at the hospital where the candidate is successfully employed; the last year is split in 6-month rotations to allow all trainees exposure to larger centres with cardiothoracic surgery and electrophysiology.
Following completion of Cardiology advanced training, Cardiologists ordinarily either complete a 1-2 year fellowship in a chosen sub-specialty (e.g. interventional cardiology, imaging, heart failure) locally or overseas; or complete a PhD in a sub-specialty area of interest. Some people do both.