Associate Professor Andrew MacIsaac is the Director of Cardiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He also holds a role as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and is responsible for all junior medical staff at the hospital. This podcast focuses on the cardiology specialty – what it involves on a day-to-day basis as well as how the specialty has evolved during his time in the field. We also discuss work-life balance and how this changes as you progress from a junior doctor to a consultant in cardiology.

A/Prof. MacIsaac provides his thoughts on the personalities that would thrive in cardiology and as someone who is very involved in intern selection and taking care of junior medical staff, he gives great tips on what to prioritise when preparing for intern applications.

We also discuss how to choose what hospital to apply for in your internship, how to make a good impression in your work as a junior doctor and the role of technology and robotics in future interventional cardiology.

We hope you guys enjoy this podcast – it’s a great interview with lots of insight into being a well-rounded junior doctor and contains several pearls of wisdom!

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Pathways into Cardiology

Medical School → Internship → Basic Physicians Training (3 years Full Time Equivalent) → Advanced Physicians Training in Cardiology (3 years Full Time Equivalent)

Advanced Physician Training can be undertaken in Adult Medicine, Paediatrics or Child Health

Source: Royal Australian College of Physicians


According to the Australian Government Taxation Data, in the 2013-14 income year we had:

  • 151 female cardiologists earning an average of $215,920
  • 651 male cardiologists earning an average of $453,253
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