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Soliant-top-jobs-no-med-schoolAccording to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median four-year cost to attend med school is close to a quarter of a million dollars.

And while a growing doctor shortage is keeping med school attractive despite the high cost and long years of training, there are many healthcare jobs that approach some physician salaries, without the extra years (and debt) associated with becoming a doctor.

Here’s a look at five high-paying medical jobs that you don’t have to go to med school for: [click to continue…]



According to labor statistics, some nurses can make north of $100,000 a year. Meanwhile, according to the documentary “The Vanishing Oath,” a full-time physician in the U.S. can take home as little as $28/hr before taxes.

These are two extremes, but it brings up an interesting topic I’ve been thinking about for a while now: How much does the pay you get out of a medical job actually give you?

We often hear of 60, 70, even 80-hour work-weeks debasing the currency of some medical salaries, while overall satisfaction for other healthcare jobs is among the highest in any industry…So what does it all work out to when it comes to the quality-of-life your job lets you have?

To find out, I did some basic math with the most recent available salary, hourly pay, average weekly hours worked, and overtime data, as well as average time needed to complete training, job satisfaction, and other elements from a variety of sources.

The results were surprising, on several levels: [click to continue…]



Nurses (including RNs)

By 2020, the U.S. government predicts a shortage of between 800,000 and one million nurses. (Close to 117,000 short in California alone.)

Before that – 2015 – the U.S. Department of Health projects that 400,000 new nurses will be needed just to fill vacancies left by retirees.

Here’s a closer look at the need, from a blog posting we did in 2009. Since then, 2012 Labor statistics project that at least 580,000 new nursing jobs will be generated in the U.S. just by 2016. And that’s just the jobs that will be generated, not the total needed to fulfill healthcare goals. [click to continue…]



9 People Who Have Turned Medical Imaging Into Art

by Tera Tuten on July 23, 2013

About 5 years ago, I looked at the rainbow strands of light below and wondered if I was seeing some sort of digital art.

What I was actually seeing was a map of someone’s brain, made with a Siemens Magnetom Allegra 3-Tesla scanner at Massachusetts General Hospital.

By imaging the mobility of water molecules, the brilliant strands here showed nerve pathways – essentially a wiring diagram of a thought…maybe even a feeling. [click to continue…]



RESULTS: 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2013) are…

After more than 100,000 votes, the results are in for Soliant Health’s 5th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.
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Nursing Pay Rates, Explained

by Tera Tuten on April 2, 2013

An online medical content web site lists the average 2010 pay for nurses in Massachusetts at $23.38/hour (or $48,630 annually.) YET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in May 2009, registered nurses in Massachusetts earned an average hourly wage of $39.32/hour ($81,890 annually.) Did pay rates for nurses in Massachusetts really drop 50% in one year?

Over the last few years, we’ve looked at nursing pay rates, America’s nursing shortage by the numbers, and which states need the most nurses in 2013 and beyond…But what’s the final word on how (and what) nurses actually get paid under various circumstances? [click to continue…]



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