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Careers in Healthcare

11 Certifications To Expand Your Skill Set

by Tera Tuten on September 15, 2010

Whether you’re a doctor looking to change specialties, a nurse looking to re-train, or a med-school student who just decided they want to open up a camping store rather than start practicing medicine (wait…that was actually an episode of The Cosby Show)…

Studying Student…Seriously, let’s say you’re a med-school student and decide at the last minute that you want to do something other than what you were trained for, or want to add a new skill set to your tool belt for a backup career, a new CV feature, or just to expand your horizons…

Whether you’re looking for a full-time change-of-pace or a minor side project, here below are 11 medical certifications you may not have thought of:
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“The most common apologetic phrase I hear is ‘I’m not good at antibiotics,’ says EM-blog poster Michael Heller MD, of medical interns. “This is like calling a plumber for a clogged toilet who then says, ‘I’m not good at bathrooms.'”

There’s little enough time to absorb all the informational details from four-years-plus of med school. So it’s no wonder a great deal of crucial practical information is left out between graduation and rotations.

When it comes to patient health, there’s more than text book study and making-the-grade to becoming an effective physician. Check out our picks for the dozen things that we think should at least show-up as a sidebar in modern medical textbooks: [click to continue…]

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“The most common apologetic phrase I hear is ‘I’m not good at antibiotics,’ says EM-blog poster Michael Heller MD, of medical interns. “This is like calling a plumber for a clogged toilet who then says, ‘I’m not good at bathrooms.'”

There’s little enough time to absorb all the informational details from four-years-plus of med school. So it’s no wonder a great deal of crucial practical information is left out between graduation and rotations.

When it comes to patient health, there’s more than text book study and making-the-grade to becoming an effective physician. Check out our picks for the dozen things that we think should at least show-up as a sidebar in modern medical textbooks: [click to continue…]

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Job prospects in the medical industry are rosier than perhaps anything but I.T. right now, but landing the job of your dreams isn’t a foregone conclusion.

To do so, you’ll have to stand out from the crowd and impress the powers-that-be at the institutions you’re interested in working at. That means mastering the art of the interview…and part of that means decoding what the interview questions really mean.

Look over our handy guide and you just might be doing yourself and the hospital you’re courting a favor …

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According to a 2008 Physicians’ Foundation survey, nearly half the 270,000 primary care physicians in the U.S. who responded said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years, if they had an alternative.

This isn’t a new development either: A smaller Levin survey in 1998 revealed that 46 per cent of American clinicians surveyed often thought about leaving clinical practice.

Thinking of leaving a job in clinical work (or leaving another medical job for clinical work) is one thing; Actually leaving to make a go of something else is another.

Considering the big jump? Check out the following guides, resources, and assistance programs for changing healthcare professions, or getting into medicine from other fields: [click to continue…]

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How to Access Incentives to Become a Nurse

by Ryan Winter on October 6, 2009

“My friend got her way paid down to ___, her living arrangements taken care of, loans forgiven, even got a signing bonus…”

We’ve heard countless people relay such success stories of those willing to help alleviate America’s nursing shortage. But what’s the reality? Is it possible to have some (or all) of your costs for becoming an RN paid for?

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Though you might not happen upon an all-expenses-paid dream scenario from a facility desperate to recruit you, there are hundreds of incentive programs to help take the financial sting out of becoming a nurse.

Here are a few of the ways – from coast-to-coast – you can get your education, re-education, and even your actual job subsidised by the communities that need nurses most: [click to continue…]

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