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Invited Commentary
August 2018

Choosing a Career in Cardiology: Where Are the Women?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • 2Division of Cardiovascular Medicine,Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3(8):691-692. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.1286

Most of us who have chosen careers in cardiology would agree with Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’ statement, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” We care for patients with serious and potentially life-threatening cardiovascular diseases, and we have the chance to cure some and lessen morbidity and prolong life for many others. Advances in the field continue to come along at a rapid pace, and we are fortunate to practice at a time of such evolution. Yet, despite the fact that approximately half of medical school classes are female, women constitute only 21% of general cardiology trainees, 7.2% of interventional fellows, and 6% of electrophysiology fellows.1-5 Women account for 13.2% of cardiologists in practice and only 4% of interventional cardiologists.6 Why is our specialty losing so much talent?