Do the Different Pathways to Become Specialist in Cardiology Have Similar Results?

Andrés N. Atamañuk, Amanda Galli, Rodolfo A. Ahuad Guerrero, Héctor G. Roiter, Daniela P. De Mollein, Hugo Grancelli


A medical specialty may be defined as the body of knowledge

corresponding to a specific medical field. This knowledge is

provided by postgraduate training programs after completing

the medical doctor degree.

The goal of the present study is to review the different options

available in our country to become a specialist in cardiology

and, thus, determine if these diverse pathways produce

equally trained cardiologists.

Training should be understood as a long-term process that

shapes professional thinking and social behavior. This process

must be permanent and should have core regulations

to ensure equal and homogenous training in the specialty.

There are many ways of becoming a specialist in cardiology;

most of these pathways may be combined and all of them use

different tools for selecting, training, supervising, evaluating

and controlling trainees.

Thus, these differences in training and evaluating specialists

might produce professionals with different levels of


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