How to decide what medical career is right for me?

I know I want to work in the medical field, but I am not sure what exactly I would like to do yet.
I like:
* detail-oriented activities
* routine activities (not too much spontanity)
* working with others to help solve problems
* organizing/cleaning

If you know of any medical-related careers that have/require some of the above things, I'd appreciate it if you told me. Thanks in advance!

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That's not really saying much about your skills, education, ability to learn, ability to be around others, and your drive towards career. Someone with such vague descriptors could be anything from a receptionist to a CNA to a PA to a physician. It sounds to me like you need someone to hold your hand and put you in a structured environment, which puts you more towards CNA, MA, LPN, or *maybe* RN. RN would be pushing it, though, since you won't have mommy holding your hand through that. The other three have pretty structured jobs with minimal opportunity to veer from that set of guidelines. You will NOT be "working with other to solve problems" that are any kind of major issues. That's left to peopple with more education and that can handle disarray.

How to make a resume or Portfolio for a beginner?

I'm a MA and got out of school 4 months ago and I hardly have any experience, only my externship, can somebody help me on how to prepare a portfolio or resume, and what should I expect in my first interview?

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Although I can't exactly write your bullet points for you since i don't know your background, I can provide you with some high-level overview tips to get you started for writing a resume. I will also include a link at the end for a website that I believe was extremely valuable and crucial to my success in landing jobs thus far. Generally speaking, the bullet points in your resume should be a combination of responsibilities and achievements that are detail-specific and result-oriented. I have listed some rules to keep in mind below: 1. Resumes highlight your background AND accomplishment - A critical flaw people fail to remember is that the person reading your resume has no idea about your great accomplishments or abilities unless they are explicitly expressed. 2. Always have someone review your resume - Often times, when you have looked at a document for a prolonged period of time, it becomes more difficult to notice mistakes and think from an outsider's perspective. 3. Outline of a resume a. Basic info - Name, address, phone number, email b. Education - School, GPA, relevant coursework, achievements/awards c. Work Experience - This should be the bulk of your resume where you discuss your prior positions in detail-specific and result-oriented bullet points d. Additional Experience or Leadership Activities - Anything else you would like to include such as prior employment, volunteer work, leadership positions you have held in the past or current e. Skills & Interests - List any technical skills you have accumulated (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel are the basic ones) as well as some activities or interests you have to make yourself seem personable and not a robot. *NOTE: since you have limited work experience, I would put more emphasis on your externship and then any leadership activities (clubs, associations, etc.) and as well as any volunteer work you have done in the past to demonstrate your leadership, teamwork and learning capabilities. Extracurricular activities would work as well. Generally speaking, your first interview will consist of them asking you some basic questions about your background, why you're interested in the job, and possibly 1 to 2 situational (behavioral type questions such as strengths & weaknesses, why this firm, etc.) or technical question, depending on the interviewer and the job description of the position. Just be prepared to walk them through your background (academics, related work experience) and how that led you to apply for the position/why you are interested in the position. Talk about your background in a way where it highlights your interests in the field and in the firm. Practice practice practice. Go through these questions in your head and have your friends ask you questions to simulate what the interview might be like. You might be rusty at first, but the more you practice, the better you will be at speaking in a confident way about how awesome you are in a very smooth and natural way. Lastly, I would highly recommend checking out this website, http://member.collegejoboffer.com/info for more tips, advice and strategies on how to craft a winning resume, dominate interviews and everything else necessary to succeed in landing jobs as I was able to land multiple job offers by incorporating and applying what I had learned to the interview/recruiting process. Best of luck!

How to prepare for the psb test to be in a dental hygiene program or a radiography program?

I am attending a university that only allows 16 dental hygienist and 20 radiography students to attend each year. I am 24 and I didn't take a lot of science classes in college or High school. I am studying Chemistry, even though the class starts in August. Should I take more science classes, besides Chemistry and Anatomy? It says I should have a knowledge of natural science on the test.

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well for radiography, we do no chemistry, and a lot of physics. and of course, TONS of anatomy. very detailed anatomy. If you've never picked up a physics book, you probably should do that. If youre going for dental, I really dont know what to tell you, other than anatomy of the head and probably drugs... (but i'm completely unexperienced in dental, so dont take my word on that) but radiography is physics based, when you take the boards, there is a section for physics.

How to start your own office for beginning Gastroenterologist?

Or any doctor, in general, that practices a specific medical field. I want to be a doctor in the future, and I'm wondering what it will take once i pass college and all the requirements. What should i do to increase my chances of getting a job in college? How much would it cost to open an office (or clinic)? I'm in high school, going into sophomore year. I know what classes I'm taking already, but what can i do now to help me.

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You need to start getting involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and start volunteering at medical clinics. Once you are old enough, get a patient care certification (some are as few as 4-6 weeks) and see if you can get work or a volunteer position in that field. Your GPA needs to be great to get into a good college and then your college GPA, your MCAT, and your rescue will help you get into a good med school. Don't get too focused on what specialty you want to do right now, unless it's the difference between DO and MD or DPM. Your pre-med will be the same but your med school will be different. Anyway, in med school, you rotate through student extern/internships and can get a feel for where you will fit in and what you will like. What does it cost to open a clinic? It depends on your speciality and what you offer in house. Minimally, you need a building (usually leased) with medical equipment. This means tables, waiting room with chairs, reception desk, back office desks, office space, clinic rooms, etc. Then you need proper equipment like x-ray machines, developers, computer systems/software, and the daily essentials like hand wash, toiler paper, table papers, gowns, gloves, syringes, meds appropriate for your specialty for in-house treatments, and 'surgical' equipment for things like suture removal, dressing wounds, etc. Many docs get their feet wet and establish a patient base by joining an existing practice or buying out a practice.

How to become a Midwife Nurse Practitioner? And how long does it take to become one?

I can't seem to find the right information on how to become one. Can anyone help me?

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If you're asking about the US, it's a Certified Nurse Midwife. Nurse Practitioners are different. To become a CNM, you must first become a Registered Nurse. You could do this with as little as an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN), or a Bachelor of Science or Arts in Nursing (BSN/BAN). If you do the ADN first, you can complete the BSN in a completion or "bridge" program in about 18-24 months. You will also need at least a year of work experience in Labor & Delivery. Sometimes it's hard to get into L&D because turnover in L&D is rumored to be somewhat lower than other nursing specialties. So you might even need a year or two of work experience doing regular hospital-based patient care, whether it's medical/surgical, cardiac, or whatever other area you can get into. Then after that you need your Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus in Certified Nurse Midwifery. These programs are about 2-3 years in length. Then you're eligible to take the certification exam to become a CNM. In the future, the minimum education requirements could possibly change to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, which is about another 2 years beyond the MSN, or if you found a BSN to DNP "bridge" they can cut about a year's worth of the MSN level courses out so that in total it would take about 3-4 years. So, in all, it's a big commitment. From start to finish, it could take you 7+ years minimum to get there.

How to get into the medical career in Canada if i studied medicine in another country?

I know that to go to the US i need to pass the USMLE. What are the requirements for Canada? I studied in Dominican Republic.

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Foreign doctors in Canada It could take you many years to regain a practice license as you had at home. When I say years, I mean it! it could be as much as 5-6 years! There is a lot of bureaucracy on this and many foreign doctors end up taking jobs. I would contact the Health Minister FIRST to see what would be the timeline for you obtaining a practice license in Canada. Many people arrive to Canada thinking that they will be able to hit the ground running, but the sad reality is far distant from this. http://medical-careers-training.com/phlebotomy-training/

How to ask a hairdressing salon for a placement for an apprenticeship?

Ive been offered the training for an apprenticeship i just needed to find a salon that is willing to pay me the apprenticeship wage. Im not to sure what to ask without feeling cheeky. What do i say when i phone up?

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This is the health care section. Hairdressing does not qualify as health care, to my knowledge. Try asking this in a different section.

How to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for nursing school?

In my current state, I don't think I'm prepared to face challenges of nursing school. I have about a year until the possibility of entering nursing school. In the meantime, how do I grow a thicker set of skin in order to handle criticism, remain composed and balanced throughout, not get anxious, not wear emotions on sleeves, not be overly sensitive, and the likes? What activities should I engage in? How do I get into the nursing mindset?

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Perhaps you should consider a different career path. Think about what you really enjoy doing and follow that path. For instance, if you like working with children, you could go into education, psychology, speech therapy, etc. If you like working in the medical field, you could look at medical records, hospital administration. You will still need to learn to accept criticism , keep your emotions under control and and remain calm and composed. Those are skills you will need throughout your life and with any job you have. Good luck.

How to become a nursing home administrator in Illinois?

I've been in the medical field for some time and am contemplating becoming a nursing home administrator in the state of Illinois. What do I need to do to obtain an administrators license in the state of Illinois, if I already have a bachelors in education? How long would it take to receive a license? Is it easy to find a job after you're licensed? How much is the pay? Do you find it rewarding, demanding, or stressful? Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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I'm not positive about Illinois specifically but there is a wonderful organization out there called The Assisted Living Federation of America and I bet they would be a great place to research.

How to challenge the CNA Exam after one semester of nursing school?

I have heard from various people that after you finish one semester of nursing school, you are eligible to become certified as a CNA without having to take a CNA training class. Does anyone know how to do this in the state of Pennsylvania? I have been searching and cant find anything!

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Most hospitals will hire you as a "student nurse extern" after completing one semester of nursing clinicals. I wouldn't waste my time on trying to challenge a CNA exam...especially since you learned everything a CNA would be taught when you were in your 1st week of nursing classes. Instead, start checking hospital websites about student nurse positions. The student externs that work in my unit (and I used to be one) take postpartum patients with an RN, they can give meds (after taking a quick med class the hospital offers....since you've already did meds in nursing school), and are also taught how to scrub a C-section, in addition to the basic patient care and lab draws our patient care techs do. It's a way to secure a position as a grad nurse before you take the boards and I assure you, the pay is way better than a CNA!!

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