So you want to get into the healthcare industry?

January 18, 2013 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE


You love all things medical. You love the idea of the rush of the emergency room. You love the idea of helping those in need. You even love the idea of wearing scrubs and the smell of anesthetic. If you know the hospital is the place for you to etch out your career, you just need to figure out what it is you want to do there. If you’re considering a career in the healthcare industry, here are some things to consider first.

How much education are you ready to complete?

Physicians need to complete about 15 years of school. If you don’t like school, you may want to reconsider this as your future profession. Even if you are into school, but are anxious to get into the field sooner rather than later, there are several ways to get into the healthcare field. A Nurse Practitioner or a Physician’s Assistant operates in a very similar way to a doctor. They see patients, they write prescriptions, and they solve problems for people. Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants need a few years beyond a bachelor’s degree. High-level nurses with nothing more than a bachelor’s degree can make a good living and can participate as intensely in the healthcare world as doctors can.

What role in the healthcare world fits you best?

Some people swear off the healthcare industry because they don’t like blood and guts, but what they fail to understand is that the healthcare industry includes so many facets that pretty much everyone can find a place if they want one. If you’re interested cardiology, you don’t have to be a cardiologist. You can be involved on the technology side. You can be a nurse involved in cardiac health, or you could be a perfusionist. Often, cardiologists aren’t able to have much of life. Ask a cardiologist’s wife. It may be worthwhile to take a different route into heart health. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the growing healthcare industry, but you don’t like blood and guts, consider a healthcare administration job. In this position, you can use your management and analytical skills to help organize a hospital’s needs.

What is the environment in which you want to work?

Environment is crucial to your happiness and wellbeing in the work world. If a hospital is too big and too clinical, consider finding a smaller and more private place to work. If you enjoy a lot of action, you won’t be happy in a one-doctor private practice. If you are a people person, don’t work in a lab. If you’re not a people person, do research. The bottom line is there’s a place for everyone in the healthcare industry.

How do you want your job to impact your personal and social life

If you can have a nine to five job, you can still have a really healthy personal and social life. If you are working an 80-hour work week and are on call most every weekend, you might have a harder time in the social and family realm. It’s not that it can’t be done; it’s just that it won’t be easy.

The health care industry is growing by leaps and bounds, and there’s a lot of room for people with every personality, skill set and background. Just make sure that you consider your background and future plans before you choose your place in the health care industry.

About The Author:
Natanya Pulley is a full-time writer for higher education blogs and journals nationwide. Several schools offer degrees in the health field, including University of Southern California and Berkeley University.

How Women Should Choose A Doctor

February 4, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it! Dr. Sherrill Sellman give pointers on what women need to consider when choosing a health care provider. For more information, visit

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Consulting A Physician First – What To Look For

April 2, 2008 by  
Filed under OBESITY

When you read online that you should consult a physician before starting a new fitness routine … there is a reason for this – and, it’s not just a disclaimer to protect the site owner against potential legal actions. It’s a recognition of the fact that exercise, done improperly, can be harmful and sometimes you can’t get everything you need to know with a few google searches.

A medical doctor, especially one that specializes in sports medicine – a relatively new focus – can check your overall fitness before beginning, help you define your limits and recommend specific routines to help you accomplish your chosen goals.

Regrettably, not all physicians are created equal. They’re rushed, overburdened with government regulations and paperwork and sometimes they’re just not very good doctors. This shouldn’t be surprising. Every other profession has a range of competence, there’s no reason to expect medical doctors to be any different.

Unless you are fortunate enough to get a great recommendation, experience (a part of which is simple trial and error) will ultimately land you a medical doctor suitable for your purpose. Asking the right questions like “What is your experience with sports medicine?”, “What is your stance on diet ‘X’ or drug ‘Y’?”, “What would you recommend for someone like me?” – will help you reach that goal.

Don’t be put off by a busy doctor, you’re paying for his or her time. Also, find one that’s willing to explain in terms you can understand, without acting like you’re an idiot for asking.

Nearly all physicians will have a basic knowledge of anatomy, nutrition, proper functioning and so forth. But physicians who specialize in sports or fitness will have a thorough, in-depth experience-based knowledge of the subject. It’s no criticism of physicians that they do not all have that. No one can be an expert in every area.

That in-depth expertise will help you in a dozen ways.

Avoiding injury is primary in developing any workout routine. Mild discomfort is normal, especially when beginning or after a long period of inactivity. But pain is a signal that something is wrong. It could just be improper technique, or it may be something more serious. A physician can help you find out the cause of your pain, or help develop a routine that avoids it in the first place.

Optimizing your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and overall fitness involves understanding first and foremost how different routines will effect you in particular.

Men and women have basic differences and even racial differences play a part in developing correct routines. Body types differ among different groups. Each individual has a specific arrangement of joints and muscles, a unique level of lung and heart capacity, a distinctive genetic inheritance and so forth. Ultimately, you need a workout that is optimized for you specifically.

A sports physician can help you achieve those goals, beyond the level at which most fitness professionals – good as many of them are – can generally do so. Make time to see one before beginning any strenuous exercise program.

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