Incentives for Changing Careers Within the Medical Profession

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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.

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: Continue reading “Incentives for Changing Careers Within the Medical Profession”

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Hospitals Doing More with Less

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A compelling PubMed article entitled “Retooling Without Layoffs” highlighted the great need of hospitals to intelligently cut expenses while maintaining their greatest strength: people.

What’s interesting is that the article was written in 1996, before either recession hit (the aim then was to retool in preparation for expected restrictions in the growth of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.)

What the successful hospitals in the article learned was that the pink slip usually isn’t the best way to achieve cost reductions.

With the medical industry once more in a severe crunch to reduce operating costs, hospitals are again looking to do more with less.

Hospitals doing more with less

A compelling PubMed article entitled “Retooling Without Layoffs” highlighted the great need of hospitals to intelligently cut expenses while maintaining their greatest strength: people.

What’s interesting is that the article was written in 1996, before either recession hit (the aim then was to retool in preparation for expected restrictions in the growth of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.)

What the successful hospitals in the article learned was that the pink slip usually isn’t the best way to achieve cost reductions.

With the medical industry once more in a severe crunch to reduce operating costs, hospitals are again looking to do more with less.

Here’s a look at some of those who are doing it well… Continue reading “Hospitals Doing More with Less”

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Benefits of Becoming a Per Diem Pharmacist

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Since I began writing on this blog, I’ve found much more to talk about with my local pharmacist. We discuss a variety of pharmacy topics when I go in to refill prescriptions several times a month. Before, it was the usual “how are you doing” kind of conversation, and now I use him as a source of inspiration and information. Recently, I was telling him about some of the blog posts I’d been writing and mentioned temporary nursing positions. I asked him if he knew about them, and he did. Then we started discussing about how the same type of arrangement is also available for pharmacists. He said it had never interested him much, because he likes where he lives, but that he’d known several people who enjoyed the variety. He had similar things to say about becoming a per diem pharmacist, and mentioned that their pharmacy employed them from time to time when someone was sick or was scheduled for vacation.

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Oddly, I had never noticed if someone different was busily filling my prescriptions, but then again, I hadn’t really started having conversations with my pharmacist every visit until recently. I usually deal with the pharmacy technician or cashier unless I have a specific question about the medications. I must admit I was intrigued. I asked if he could tell me why people were interested in becoming a per diem pharmacist. Some of the answers reminded me of what nurses I know have to say and others seemed more specific to the world of pharmaceuticals. Continue reading “Benefits of Becoming a Per Diem Pharmacist”

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Doctors Who Made a Difference

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More than making house calls and being there for patients, the following doctors spent the last year coming up with discoveries, techniques, treatments, and tales of bravery that changed the lives of the people under their watch and those under the care of many of their colleagues.

doctors_who_made_a_difference_soliantMore than making house calls and being there for patients, the following doctors spent the last year coming up with discoveries, techniques, treatments, and tales of bravery that changed the lives of the people under their watch and those under the care of many of their colleagues.

From coming up with a faster way to get more organs to transplant recipients to finding less painful ways of administering chemotherapy, these doctors contributions have touched their patients and thousands more they will never meet: Continue reading “Doctors Who Made a Difference”

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Can Your Religion Influence Your Treatment?

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More than anything else, people who pray, pray for good health. But are religion and spirituality relevant to treatment? If so, do they have a positive or negative effect?

religion_healthcare_faith_spiritual_soliantMore than anything else, people who pray, pray for good health. But are religion and spirituality relevant to treatment? If so, do they have a positive or negative effect?

A recent study published in the November 2009 issue of the journal Social Problems suggested that religion can be both a bridge and a barrier when it comes to medical treatment. (source)

According to the study, for every case where religion was a barrier (i.e. religious belief prevented consent for a proven treatment), there was another instance where it was a bridge – for example, a case where the family of a terminally-ill child could suggest answers where medicine couldn’t.

Another study, this one by Zogby International, suggested that born-again Christians were 14% less likely to get the H1N1 vaccination than people who did not identify themselves as such. (source)

Can religion make you healthy?

So does being religious help or hinder your health?

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What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

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Have you ever thought about becoming a pharmacy technician? If so, how did you find out about this career field?

I love my local pharmacy; I even like the big chain pharmacy for some things. One thing I’ve recently learned is that not all of the people behind the pharmacy counter are pharmacists. Heck, not even most of them, apparently.

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In the pharmacy I frequent, there are usually two pharmacy technicians and one pharmacist there at the same time. During slower hours, there may only be one technician, but there is at least one at all times. I had previously assumed that there was the pharmacist, who put the medications in the bottles, and the other people who stocked shelves or worked as cashiers. It’s amazing the kinds of misconceptions you can have, and how completely wrong they can be.

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