Medical and Health Care Resources
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 3.2 million new job opportunities in health and medical fields between now and 2018. Reasons for this growing area of opportunity in the midst of an otherwise depressing job market includes the large population of older Americans. Regardless of the confusion and criticism the health care reform has created, increased health care coverage also means more people seeking health care that did not have access to primary care and preventive health services before. Large increases in the needs for doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, physician assistants, as well as technical support will all continue to see expanding job growth as the need for health care expands. Medical technicians in labs, imaging centers and even hospital administration will all be needed to provide health care to an older population of Americans as well as continuing health care to everyone. The resource links provide a small example of the opportunities and issues to be found in the health and medical fields. Use them as a starting point to consider entering this growing career force.
The AAMC is working as a leading advocate to promote improvements within the medical system to meet constantly evolving medical needs. The AAMC represents all the accredited medical schools in the United States as well as 17 accredited medical schools in Canada. The AAMC also works with over 400 teaching hospitals and administers the MCAT ® and medical school applications. On this site, you can find educational resources to assist you in exploring entrance into the medical fields. The resources on their site will assist medical students, residents, and medical professionals with online services to find opening in residency programs, share up to date peer reviewed medical educational materials and more.
Since it was founded over 160 years ago, the AMA has worked toward improving public health resources, promoting scientific advancement, and strengthening the relationship between doctor and patient. With up-to-date data resources, the AMA assists patients in accessing information on over 800 thousand licensed physicians in their “DoctorFinder” database. Using the “AMA Online Data Collection Center,” physicians are able to update their records or view their AMA files. Also available through the AMA website are physician resources, education and career information, an advocacy center, archives of medical journals, along with the opportunity to subscribe to their newsletter.
As part of the PBS documentary, “The New Medicine,” this website explains Integrative medicine as that which treats the whole body, mind, and spirit with the understanding that they are all interconnected. In Integrative medicine, the patient is encouraged to take a pro-active part in planning and carrying out their health care. Integrative medicine makes use of complementary therapies that have scientific evidence showing them to be safe and effective. This page explains the differences between the newly emerging field of integrative medicine, complementary medicine, and alternative medicine.
The need for pharmacy technicians is one of the fastest growing fields in medical and health care. Under the direction of a licensed pharmacist, a pharmacy technician will mix, measure, and count out medications as well as labeling and recording medications dispensed. This page gives a detailed look at all aspects involved in this challenging profession.
This table produced by the University of Cincinnati, Area Health Education Center, shows the projected need for physicians by specialty through the year 2020. It also gives the percentage of change from 2005 through 2020.
In this document from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN,) the crisis of the nursing shortage is addressed. The AACN shares insights into current and projected shortages and the contributing factors that are known to be affecting the availability of qualified nursing prospects. The AACN warns of the impact of a nursing shortage on patient care and offers strategies to address the shortage.
The information on this website gives a program description for the Medical Assisting Program at Wallace Community College (Dothan-Eufaula, Alabama). For potential students outside of the area, this page includes helpful information concerning career opportunities in medical assisting as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, which states that demand for medical assistants will continue to increase at least through 2018. A list of skills needed in this career, as well as expected earnings and salaries is also available here.
Endoscopy nurses are specially trained to provide care for patients undergoing upper GI or endoscopy procedures. The Mayo Clinic online resource provides an overview that includes a link to an Endoscopy Nurse program, a look at career opportunities, and earning potential. The professional organization for Gastroenterology Nurses and associates can be accessed from this page.
The information included here covers the nature of work encountered by both the M.D (Doctor of Medicine) and the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Found on this page is a table showing the distribution of M.D.s according to specialty (1999). A brief look at working conditions and employment shows physicians and surgeons accounted for 598 thousand jobs in 2000. General information regarding training, qualifications and opportunity for advancement is briefly examined as is the earning potentials reflected in a table showing the median net income (after expenses) of M.D.s in 1998.
Countrywide therapy is a fast growing online job placement specializing in matching Physical, Speech, and Occupational therapist with job opportunities across the country. Job opportunities are available in travel and permanent placement. Check out their website for more information and an online application.
Pediatricians are responsible for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease and injuries in children. This webpage from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the national employment and mean wage estimates for pediatricians during May 2008. You may also click links on this page to view National estimates, Industry profiles, State profiles and Metropolitan profiles for pediatricians.
This chart shows the expected employment forecast for health care practitioners and technical occupations in Michigan from 2008-2018. While the overall job situation may not be encouraging, most health care fields remain growing and in need on new practitioners now and into the future.
Anesthesiologists are critical care specialists. They focus on providing care and pain relief for surgical patients. They may also work outside the OR in the Intensive Care or Labor room or consult and recommend treatment for those dealing with chronic pain. This website explores the job description, education, skills, and abilities needed to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist.
The Health Professions and Prelaw Center at Indiana University offers tips for building a strong foundation in preparation for a career in medicine. Undergraduate students are encouraged to build good communication and analytical skills. A sidebar of specific steps to take in preparation for a career in medicine covers everything from applications to financial aid.
According to the American Dietitian Association, to obtain credentials as a registered dietitian (RD), the specific criteria must be met that includes; a bachelor’s degree, completion of a CADE-accredited supervised program, pass a national examination and go on to complete continuing education maintain current standing. Some RD may take further training for specialties in areas such as renal nutrition and pediatric nutrition.
This Health Professionals Network site offers a look at the career opportunities to be found in nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine uses technology to examine organs function and structure and often finds early signs of disease before other tests allowing for early treatment. Career choices in the field of nuclear medicine include physician, technologist, and nuclear pharmacist. For facts about nuclear medicine and an introduction to terminology used in this field check out this web page. More information is available with the Health Professionals Network site.
This is an introductory page within the site of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Many radiologic technologist specialize is diagnostic imaging and this page contains an overview of the possible fields of specialty. Explore this site to find in depth information and news regarding the field including news, publication information, conferences, and event.
This is an international professional organization founded in 1954 to promote information advancement of nuclear science. SNM has groups around the world involved at local and regional levels. There are thirteen state/ regional chapters with the US and Canada. SNM membership includes over 16 thousand physicians, scientists, and technologists within the practice of nuclear medicine. Visit their home page to find out more including news and journal publications.
Winship is the only cancer center in Georgia designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). For over 65 years, the Winship Cancer Institute has worked to treat cancer, increase survivorship, and research ways to prevent and cure cancer. Explore their site to read more about their involvement in Cancer Treatment, the Cancer Research Center, and Clinical trials.
The ophthalmology residency at the University of California is a fully accredited three-year program that began in 1970. The residency program accepts four residents each year. The program’s teaching hospital is UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Their program also rotates residents through training at two Veterans Administration facilities. For Residency Highlights including the application process, curriculum, and clinical rotations, checks the sidebar links on this page.
The health care reform debates continue and more terms are being tossed about. This is a useful guide to health care and health management terms and definitions. These definitions have been compiled from a wide variety of sources and are conveniently accessible here.
It seems logical that the more money spent on health care, the greater the life expectancy. However, the graphs and charts on this page show that is not true. The United States spends more money on health care than anyone else does in the world, yet ranks 27th in the world for average life expectancy. Graphs and chart on this page include Inequality in World Health care Spending, Cost of a Long Life, and Life Expectancy vs. Spending.
This presentation on the need for transforming the rural health care delivery system throughout the United States was presented to Minnesota Rural Health Conference in 2007. Showing how now many people in rural areas do not have adequate access to affordable health care services, this presentation explores the future implications if the situation remains the same. This report also looks at the resources available to make changes that can greatly improve the current situation.
This 174 page report, “Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being,” is presented by the National Institute on Aging and explores five areas affecting the health and well-being of older Americans. Those five key areas include health care, health status, health risks, behaviors, population, and economics.
This website generates cancer mortality maps covering 1950-2004 (though 1970-2004 only for blacks) You fill in the area, year range, type of cancer, race group, age range, standard, interval types and color scheme to generate a map based on the specification you wish to map. You may also view maps and graphs that have been directly linked to the Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the U.S. 1950-1994.
This extensive site provides data that impacts children in the United States including health related behaviors, violence, drug use, health care, and mental health. You can search indicators by life stages, well-being, or context.
This online database list demographics and health-related variables for over 200 countries. The data includes the ability for future projections through 2050, though depending on the availability of information from various countries there may be gaps. Statistical health reports on over 60 countries are also available here as PDF files.
An outreach of Google, Inc., this site offers tracking of influenza outbreaks based on searches done for flu-related topics. Surprisingly, their results closely follow trends from the CDC. Unlike the CDC statistics that rely on physician reporting that must be compiled before being released, Google’s numbers are instantly available in real-time tracking.
This official White House website provides information on the current presidential health care plan, programs, issues, and challenges. A video is also available online discussing the guiding principles needed to bring about health care reform.
This agency is part of the Department of Health and Human Resources and is responsible for providing and overseeing comprehensive health services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The Indian Health Service a health care advocate seeks to raise the health status of American Indians and Native Alaskans. Resource information on this site includes numerous fact sheets covering topics related to American Indian and Native American Health Concerns, photo galleries, government program information, news releases and information on conferences and newsletter subscriptions.
This informational website is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Believing that information and education empowers women to live healthier and more productive lives, this site offers a wide range of health-related information. Topics such as diseases and conditions, care-giving, wellness, staying active, mental health, sexual health, safety, and abuse, as well as paying for health care are all widely covered in this site.
Nationally, the Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a non-profit organization reaching men with the information they need to take an educated, active part in their health care. This site has health prevention information, tools, screening programs, and advocacy opportunities aimed to reduce the premature male mortality.
The Yale Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program highlight expansions to their care and research programs. Areas under expansion include a clinical trials network, a pediatric neuro-oncology clinic, The Yale Hemophilia Center, as well as expanding their community outreach. See their website for more details.
Research studies are limited that are specifically aimed towards pediatric oncology. This page is a listing of studies now in progress in the Division of Pediatric Oncology, Columbia University. Partial abstracts are available for some studies.
This paper addresses the issues needed to lower the cost of health care to provide better health care opportunities for older Americans that they can afford. Discussions in this report address payment reforms such as, accountable care organizations (ACO) and bundled payments (fee-for-service) payment systems.
This thesis presented to the Honors Committee at Texas State University examines factors surrounding the rising cost of health care and offers potential solutions to cap the current escalating costs while providing options for more affordable health care.
This document provides information concerning the classifications and standards of the Nurse Practitioner. An overview of duties and responsibilities, which include a wide range of primary health care services, is included. Information on qualifications, Educations, and licensing and certification requirements are also listed here. (California) Requirements may vary state to state.
This report summarizes the provisions of the health care reform proposals and how they will affect Medicaid, CHIP coverage and low-income families. This report covers eligibility changes for both adults and children presently covered under the Medicare plan.
This site lists several articles addressing the issues facing Medicaid managed care in the face of health care reforms. Also, found here is a glossary of basic managed care terms, and links to pertinent medical websites.