Cardiologists specialize in treating patients' cardiovascular systems. Beyond a cardiologist's income and standard benefits, some places of employment will offer additional perks, or fringe benefits, that may include anything from extended health benefits to continuing education leave.
While health insurance usually is a common benefit, cardiologists may have extended health insurance plans that include dental and vision insurance. Some employers may offer malpractice insurance and memberships to fitness clubs. Just as employers in any sector vary in how many sick days they offer, cardiologists may be offered an extended number of sick days. In an October 2010 advertisement for a cardiologist position, the James E. Van Zandt hospital, a Veterans Administration medical center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, offered up to 13 paid sick days.
Retirement plans are another example of fringe benefits some cardiologists are offered. The James E. Van Zandt hospital offers its cardiologists a retirement plan in which the medical center matches any funds deposited into the 401K plan by the employee. For cardiologists relocating to a new place of employment, the hospital or medical facility employing the doctor may offer to pay for any relocation expenses.
Other fringe benefits cardiologists may take advantage of include approved leave for continuing education ventures. A cardiologist's employer also may offer tuition reimbursement for doctors who return to the classroom to stay current on the latest advancements in the field.