College and Career
7th Period English1 Mrs.Mendez
Fernanda Ponce
UT Southwestern Medical Center Cardiologist

  The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, located in Dallas,TX is the best place to go for someone who is interested of becoming a great doctor or nurse. Because I'm planning of becoming a cardiologist, this college was the perfect match for me. Being able to attend this university would be a great honor because of the major achievements and discoveries that have been taken place on this college. Its ranked one of the top universities on the U.S and there is no doubt why this is. This university has created many scientific advances and focuses on their quality, safety, and service. Their mission is to help improve the health care in the community and to train their students to become the excellent,caring,wise, and prepared future doctors of our society. UT Southwestern Medical Center focuses on their commitment to excellence, dedication to discovery and service to the community.

Southwestern Medical Center was founded in 1943.It was opened right after the World War 2 and is the 68th medical school in the United States. This university is known for greatly educating physicians, health care personnel, and biomedical scientists. Many important people were once students in this university. For instance, Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown, received a Nobel price because of their outstanding discovery on the mechanism of cholesterol metabolism.

What is Required to get admitted?

    To be admitted in this university of excellence, one needs to have,

    • Two years of courses for science majors
    • One year must include formal laboratory experience
    • A minimum of 14 semester credit hours, eight for year one with lab and six for the remainder; or 12 lecture hours and two lab hours
    • A grade of C or better in all biology courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in a traditional science field
    • One semester of biochemistry will be accepted toward fulfilling this requirement. UT Southwestern strongly encourages applicants to take one semester of biochemistry.

    More about UTSWC/Campus Life

    In the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is a very large and nice school to be in. It has a friendly and Eco-green environment in which is very comfortable and peaceful environment to be in.

    My Career Path

    After many years of thinking and researching,I finally came to the conclusion that I want to become a cardiologist. A cardiologist is a doctor that is specified to work mainly on the heart. Helping other people have always been one of my main attributes and it gives me satisfaction to see that I have impacted someone's life in a positive way. Becoming a doctor will take many years of education and training which with the right university, one can succeed. I am planning of attending UTSW because I know that they are known for being one of the best universities that have prepared hundreds of thousands of many important doctors.

    Helping other people to maintain a healthy lifestyle is my passion. I love to learn about the human body and how it is just a very complex system that has many functions to maintain homeostasis. Because it's very complex, I will at least go to college for about eight years. This will take a lot of determination,hard work,concentration,motivation, and passion. I was inspired to become a cardiologist because my mom has a heart problem and I want to know all the functions of the heart so I can help people like my mother to live many years with their family as a healthy person.


    • Cardiologists earn about 100,000-500,000 dollars annually.
    • Level of Experience Hourly Annual Entry Wage $43.01 $89,460 Median Wage $90.00+ $187,200+ Experienced Wage $90.00+ $187,200


    • Cardiologists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels.
    • They treat patients with a variety of medical conditions that involve the heart.For example, heart infections,chest pain, irregular heartbeats,high blood pressure, etc.


    one feels the satisfaction of helping other people

    It has a great salary that can improve your economic life drastically

    One can know about our own human heart

    One can be promoted over time

    Job Duties

    • Usually work 50 to 60 hours a week
    • cardiologist take life-or death decisions in which one has to be prepared to work under pressure.

    Educational Requirements

    • complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree at college
    • several key science courses.
    • Medical school is 4 years in length, and provides a general medical education


    According to Samuel,

    1. Tell me about your job. Is what you do different in any way from what others in your occupation do?

      "I am an interventional cardiologist. I see patients and try to reduce their risk for coronary artery disease. If they have had an event with their heart, I open up their heart artery and follow up on their condition.

      There are cardiologists who don’t perform cardiograms and invasive procedures. I’m more of a plumber in that I clear up artery blockages."

    2. Can you tell me about your background and how you got into this field?

      I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psycho biology, then went on to get a master’s degree in anatomy and cell biology, and then my medical doctor degree.

      "I’ve always been fascinated by the heart. The more I volunteered with and spoke to cardiologists, the more I knew this was my calling.

      I got 27 rejection letters over a period of 3 years as I was trying to get into medical school. I was told that I could never make it as a physician. But because I knew this was what I wanted to do and because of my family and perseverance, I made it."

      Letter of Intent


    Family Dollar #2676

    615 N Zaragosa Rd Ste 74

    Zaragosa Village Shopping Cent

    El Paso, TX 79907-4749

    To whom this may concern,

    I am responding to the employment opportunity listed on your website. Please accept this letter and accompanying resume as evidence of my interest in applying for a position as your cashier. I feel that my ability to work as a team, my great customer service and my leadership skills would prove to be an asset for your organization. I am looking for an honored job that will add experience to my bed-side patient care skills as I become a cardiologist. My ability to be an excellent communicator and being bilingual would surely facilitate interacting with the customers and completing all the tasks that are assigned to me. I am confident that I’ll hear from you soon because I know that these qualities make me an excellent candidate for this position.

    I would appreciate your consideration of my credentials, and I welcome the chance to meet with you to hear more about your company, the requirements of the position, and how my skills would be a good fit.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration


    Fernanda Ponce


    Volunteer Experience

    Nov. 2015 - Nov. 2015

    El Paso, Texas

    » I created a project an presented in front of many students and parents.I contributed to the success of a great science night and taught many people how ice cream is made.

    Nov. 2015 - Nov. 2015

    Pebble Hills Night
    El Paso, Texas

    » I talked to many parents about NJHS and passed out papers.

    July 2015 - July 2015

    clerk volunteer
    El Paso, Texas

    » I helped attending people,gave directions, and organized papers.

    Mar. 2015 - Apr. 2015

    Marathon Kids
    El Paso, Texas

    » I helped the people in the organization by decorating, moving equipment, and cheering the little
    kids that were running in the race.

    Mar. 2015 - Apr. 2015

    Hambric School
    Coach Assistant
    El Paso, Texas

    » I helped coach the eighth grade soccer team and moved equipment.

    Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2013

    Hambric school
    scare person
    el paso, Texas

    » I helped to scare people in a haunted maze in the school carnival

    Awards & Certificates

    » Mrs.Hawk (May 2014)
    » MVP for volleyball,basketball,track,soccer (March 2013)
    » !st place UIL Music Memory Skills (April 2012)

    Extracurricular Activities

    Volunteerism, Honor Society, Soccer, Volleyball, Choir/Chorus

    Hobbies & Interests

    » Volunteerism

    Skills & Abilities

    » Committed
    » Goal oriented
    » Good communicator
    » Team player
    » Spanish

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