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Careers in Healthcare

Effective pharmacists

Being a pharmacist can make for a rewarding medical career: The pay-to-hours ratio provides an attractive quality of life. And the duties allow for meaningful interactions with patients. So much so that – time-and again – pharmacists are cited as one of the professionals Americans trust the most.

So what makes for a good pharmacist? In the interest of wit and brevity, we’ve narrowed it down to what we feel are the ten most important attributes:
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Medical JobOver the past year or so, a number of our posts have featured an important common focus: Gaining the greatest advantage possible towards finding your perfect job in healthcare.

Ever since a few people have mentioned how they used more than one posting as part of a larger toolkit for career advancement, we thought it would be a fun (and possibly even more useful) experiment to assemble some of these posts together into a larger career-building unit.

Categorized below is our first-ever multi-entry guide to landing your dream job in the medical industry:

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10 Traits of Highly-Effective Physical Therapists

by Tera Tuten on December 20, 2010

PhysiotherapistContinuing our look at our picks for the top attributes for medical professions, we turn to the highly-rewarding field of physical therapy and ask what makes for an effective (and successful) therapist.

Thinking of getting in to this field? Want to weigh-in on what you think makes for an ideal physical therapist? Read on and have your say about the following traits:

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20 of the Best Cities in America to Practice Medicine

by Tera Tuten on October 27, 2010

Finding the perfect hospital, clinic or other institution to work at is crucial to a medical professional’s job success and satisfaction. But another factor – the city you’ll live in to practice at that institution – is often second, third or not even on the checklist for workplace utopia.

Just in case you were wondering which ones offer the most opportunities for your career and overall happiness in the workplace (and out), here below are 20 of the best U.S. cities to practice medicine in and the reasons they rock to work there:

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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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