Category: Careers

NY TIMES: Seeing Epilepsy from the Patient’s Point of View

Health
Well: Seeing Epilepsy From the Patient’s

Point of View
By By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D.
Published: June 23, 2011
Dr. Brien J. Smith, new chairman of the Epilepsy

Foundation, knows firsthand about the disease: He learned as a teenager that he

had epilepsy.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/seeing-epilepsy-from-the-patients-point-of-view/

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How long will you live? Depends on the county

How long will you live? Depends on the county
A new county-level analysis has found that life expectancy in most counties in the U.S., including an increasing number in Washington state, is falling behind the world’s longest-living nations. The analysis, by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, also found gaps in life expectancies between men and women and widening gaps among the state’s counties.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2015320872_lifeexpectancy15m.ht ml

Shadowing Opportunities Podiatric Medicine

APMA is once again offering students the opportunity to shadow
in their own neighborhood
with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Learn more about the rewards and demands of a
career in podiatric medicine
Spend the day asking questions, observing, and experiencing
It’s easy to sign up and generally takes only a few days to receive a contact
Visit our website at
www.todayspodiatrist.com/students
to complete a request to shadow
For more information contact APMA at
301-581-9280
Betsy M. Herman
Career Development Specialist
American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
800-275-2762 ext. 280
301-581-9280 (direct)
301-530-2752 (fax)
bherman
http://www.todayspodiatrist.com/ TodaysPodiatrist_signature

Exploring Medical Social Work (Note time & location change)

Have you ever heard of the field of social work? Did you know as a social worker you can specialize in the following: Child, Family, & Social work, Medical Public Health Social Work, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Work, & Social Work Planners & Policymakers?
Come to this week’s MAPS meeting
Exploring Medical Social Work!
We will be having an interactive session with Dr. Gunnar Almgren (Associate Professor @ the UW School of Social Work). Dr. Almgren has over 18 years of experience as the Chief of Social Work in various hospitals (UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, & St. John’s Hosptial). We will also have Felicity Hendrix, a current MSW student, share her experience about the UW MSW program .
You don’t want to miss out on this event! This is not your ordinary meeting. We will go through several case studies to explore medical social work.
Did you know?
. Medical social workers typically work in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospice_care hospice,and work with patients and their families in need of psychosocial help.
. Medical social workers assess the psychosocial functioning of patients and families. Interventions may include connecting patients and families to necessary resources and supports in the community; providing psychotherapy, supportive counseling, or grief counseling
. Medical social workers typically work on an interdisciplinary team with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional professionals of other disciplines (such as medicine, nursing, physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy, etc.).
. Requirement is a 2-year Masters of Social Work Degree
. University of Washington Social Work program is ranked 4th in the nation!
Where: Smith 309
When: Thursday, 5-6pm
What to bring: yourself, questions, and a friend

Explore Health Careers Update

Explore Health Careers Update

What if you majored in one subject and wanted to pursue another? Perhaps you are no longer interested in finance or business and want to become a health professional. ExploreHealthCareers (EHC) offers tips on How to Manage a Career Change.

In addition, here are a few resources that might be useful as you explore new career options in healthcare.

  • ISEEK Skills Assessment provides a list of occupations that are a good match for your skill profile. ISEEK is a comprehensive career, education, and job resource for Minnesota residents.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has an extensive post-baccalaureate database specifically targeted to premedical students. Some programs are designed for college graduates who wish to change careers and do not have the prerequisite courses to apply to medical school.
  • If you are interested in dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry has a post-baccalaureate program specifically designed for students interested in dentistry.

While you’re on ExploreHealthCareers.org:

  • Have you ever wondered how a plant or a patch of mold becomes a pill? Pharmaceutical Scientists discover, develop, test and manufacture new medications.
  • Environmental health includes food safety. A Food Safety Specialist helps ensure the quality and safety of our food supply.
  • April is National Minority Health Month. Learn more about Healthcare Disparities and the nation’s need to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of healthcare for everyone.

Want to learn more about health care careers and education? The Health Care Careers e-Letter, published monthly by the American Medical Association (AMA), provides you with the latest news/updates on educational trends and career-related issues in the health professions. This free e-mail newsletter is a great resource for helping you attain your dream of a career in health care. Subscribe now!

As always, we appreciate your interest in EHC and love hearing from you. If you have any questions or feedback regarding EHC, please let us know.

Sincerely,

The EHC Team

P.S. Know someone who would be a terrific health care worker? Tell them about ExploreHealthCareers.org.

More Articles of Interest:

Why Diversity Matters in the Health Professions
Diversity in the health professions is paramount to the nation’s need to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of health care for underserved populations.
Start preparing for your health career in high school
Most high school students have one goal in mind: Receiving their diploma. But if you want to pursue a health career, simply meeting graduation requirements may not be enough.
Healthcare disparities and heart disease
Every minute someone dies from a coronary event in the United States. You might think heart disease doesn’t affect you personally, but you probably know someone who has suffered a heart attack or has heart disease. Learn the facts, be aware, and join the cause to help reduce the number of deaths in the United States.
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A Day in the Life of Optometry Students

If you want to know about life as an optometrist, check this out!

One of the most common questions that students interested in optometry have is, "what’s it like at optometry school?" With that in mind, we set out last fall at the Illinois College of Optometry to answer that question.

You are invited to view ICO?s web series, ?A Day in the Life,? which just made its online debut last week. This 12 episode documentary style series takes viewers inside the life of a first-year ICO student. From move-in and the first exam through the rite of passage ceremony where first years receive their white clinic coats, you’ll only be left asking, what happens next!

The episodes are being released one at a time over the course of the next couple of weeks, and all of them will be housed on ICO?s website. Right now, the first five episodes are live for you to enjoy!

Teisha Johnson, M.S.
Director of Admissions/Marketing

Illinois College of Optometry
3241 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616-3878
Telephone: 312-949-7407

www.ico.edu

Medical ethics article

Prehealth students,

This article was discussed recently at a U of Washington AMSA Pre-Medical Chapter meeting.

Please consider taking the time to read the attached article, it contains information that is so important for prehealth students to be thinking about.

Thank you to UW AMSA Pre-Medical Chapter for sharing!

Joyce Fagel, M.A.
UW Academic Advisor at Shoreline Community College
Advising & Counseling Center and Science Division
Room 2814; Phone: 206-546-6984
For appointment call: 206-546-6984
Gawande Letting Go.pdf

Explore Health Careers newsletter

Explore Health Careers Update

It’s a New Year: Time to Apply for Financial Aid and Look for 2011 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

According to the College Board, three-quarters of full-time college students receive some form of financial aid. At some point during your education, you may need to apply for financial aid. Changes in student aid provisions passed in 2010 will affect the application process. ExploreHealthCareers wants you to be informed, ready, and prepared. Learn more about Changes in Financial Aid (Part I) of a two-part article series.

Being prepared means making plans ahead of time – like how you plan to spend your summer to enhance your exposure in the health professions. One way to gain valuable exposure and experience is to participate in a summer enrichment program. Some programs offer a stipend, round-trip airfare to and from the program, and free housing. Three Pre-health Enrichment Opportunities for Summer 2011 are featured that provide opportunities to explore and discover the fields of veterinary medicine, dentistry, and optometry.

Participation in an enrichment program can help you develop and nurture long-lasting relationships. Finding someone who can mentor and inspire you to achieve your career goals increases your chances of success. Learn more about The Importance of Mentoring.

While you’re on ExploreHealthCareers:

  • January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Did you know that an Optometrist can screen for glaucoma? As a result of enhanced education and training, optometrists can screen, treat, and manage glaucoma in 49 out of 50 states? Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system.
  • What is a Dosimetrist? One way to treat certain types of cancer is through radiation therapy. Although radiation can help shrink a tumor, it can also damage healthy tissues and organs. Medical Dosimetrists ensure that radiation treatment does the most good with the least harm to the patients.
  • If you love art and science, Medical Illustration may be the career for you. Medical Illustrators are professional artists with extensive training in medicine, science, communication, and technology. They have the medical scientific knowledge to grasp complex scientific information and transmit the essence into a succinct visual message that is accurate, educational, and beautiful.

As always, we appreciate your interest in EHC and love hearing from you. If you have any questions or feedback regarding EHC, please let us know.

Sincerely,

The EHC Team

P.S. Know someone who would be a terrific health care worker? Tell them about ExploreHealthCareers.org.

Want to learn more about health care careers and education? The Health Care Careers e-Letter, published monthly by the American Medical Association (AMA), provides you the latest news/updates on educational trends and career-related issues in the health professions. This free e-mail newsletter is a great resource for helping you attain your dream of a career in health care. Subscribe now!