There are more women in cardiology now than in the past but women are only 18% of cardiology fellows, 10-15% of practicing cardiologist and 4% of interventional cardiologists.
For female applicants, it is important to consider the following factors when deciding which programs you want to rank:
- How many women are on faculty and do they serve in leading roles?
- Are there other women trainees? What is the call schedule like?
- Is the call in-house?
- Is it front-loaded or dispersed equally throughout the three to four years?
- What are the maternity leave policies?
In general, time off policies vary by program but are usually less flexible than residency programs.
- Will your total fellowship time get extended?
- If so, will this affect pursuing further sub-specialty training?
- Will time off conflict with other important rotations?