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Old 01-13-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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The Health Care Professionals Thread...

Ok, so I'm a bit curious...

But I'd like to know how many of the Interference gang work with health care in their professional life?

Whats your education/what do you study, where do you work/study etc...?

Lets hear from all the doctors and the nurses and who ever else might be out there!

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Old 01-13-2006, 11:55 AM   #2
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I'll start with myself...


Pharmacy student on 5th (and final! ) year...

I'm pretty much open to all kinds of jobs when I graduate in the summer, but I'm hoping and crossing my fingers for a job in the development "business"!
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I work for two hospitals right now. One is scheduling patients and the other is pretty much secretary for the baby floor.

I'm also going to school for Psychology and the Cancer Data Management program!

I either want to work as a Cancer Registrar or be a child/clinical psychologist.
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I've got 4 months left in my last year of med school at Georgetown University in DC. Finally!!! I'm going into pediatrics and hopefully will be staying at Georgetown for my residency.

Anyone in the DC area who has kids---I get my own clinic day starting in July!
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Health Educator for the City of Long Beach Health Department. I talk to tenants about asthma triggers and lead poisoning in children. I also teach 4th grade students about indoor environmental health hazards and deputize them as junior inspectors!
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and deputize them as junior inspectors!
Awesome!!
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Right now I'm a clinical resource nurse in pediatrics at a specialtly hospital in Boston. In addition to staff nursing, I orient new nurses, and also teach and oversee continuing education for the other nurses.
I prefer neonatal and newborns, but I needed a break for a while, I got too burnt out.
More and more lately I seem to be wondering what the heck I'm doing here....
I went to the Northeastern, where I got my bachelors.
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Right now I'm a clinical resource nurse in pediatrics at a specialtly hospital in Boston. In addition to staff nursing, I orient new nurses, and also teach and oversee continuing education for the other nurses.
I prefer neonatal and newborns, but I needed a break for a while, I got too burnt out.
More and more lately I seem to be wondering what the heck I'm doing here....
I went to the Northeastern, where I got my bachelors.
That would be funny if we worked at the same hospital!
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I've got 4 months left in my last year of med school at Georgetown University in DC. Finally!!! I'm going into pediatrics and hopefully will be staying at Georgetown for my residency.

Anyone in the DC area who has kids---I get my own clinic day starting in July!
i want to go into pediatrics too! =)
how hard was it to get into med school? I'm going to have to really study hard for those MCATs. =/
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I'm on the business side of health care - does that count? We support applications that process claims, do billing, manage members, etc. for most of the country's (U.S.) insurance companies.
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i want to go into pediatrics too! =)
how hard was it to get into med school? I'm going to have to really study hard for those MCATs. =/
getting in takes all those things you'd think it would---you've got to do pretty well in college, get over a 30 on the MCATs (for a good school, at least), have good letters of rec, interview well, and have something that stands out on your resume (everyone volunteers or shadows somewhere; you need at least that plus something else cool---me, I've clowned in hospitals, nursing homes & health fairs since mid-college and have worked on & off with Patch Adams since freshman year of college...it ended up being what every interviewer wanted to talk about for both med school and residency interviews--which is fine with me because it's fun to discuss!). The MCATs are a pain in the arse at the time, but they really do prepare you for the level of studying you'll need for med school. I took the Princeton Review course and thought it helped a great deal. I think we started the course in January, 3 or 4 days a week with classes, homework assignments every day, and the course lasted up until we took the exam in April. Took about 5 timed practice tests, which I'd highly recommend----ended up scoring a 19 on the first one (ouch!) and got up to a 36 on practice...ended up with a 34 on the real thing.

My best advice: make sure you really want it. Starting from the time you study for the MCATs on through the early years of residency, you've got a LOT of work ahead of you (not counting 4th year, which is pretty much vacation--and I'm enjoying it now!). My second bit of advice: If you think you want it, make sure you want to live life even more. You've got to do a heck of a lot of studying and working in med school, but the best way to make it through and still be a real person is to enjoy life. Think of how much you change as a person in the 4 years of high school. Think of how much you change as a person in the 4 years of college. If you do nothing but study all the time in the 4 years med school, think of what you'll change into. So work hard, but be sure to have fun and enjoy life---you'll be a better doctor and a better person for it.

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That would be funny if we worked at the same hospital!

I used to work at the BIDMC, in their NICU.


Now I'm at Mass Eye and Ear..... my temporary relief from the nicu has turned into a 3+ year stint! I'm moved up pretty quickly in the ranks here, considering I'm not even 30 yet - which is also part of what keeps me here. I'd hate to have to start over again in a sense. I miss my babies though.
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Utoo: thanks for all the advice! really appreciate it =)
how are you liking Georgetown? I was born there ;] My mom was going to dental school there and i was born in Georgetown's hospital. but now i'm so.cal.
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We do quite a bit of client education for animal diseases that can affect people's health such as parasites, rabies, fungal infections etc...
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Utoo: thanks for all the advice! really appreciate it =)
how are you liking Georgetown? I was born there ;] My mom was going to dental school there and i was born in Georgetown's hospital. but now i'm so.cal.
Hey, that's awesome! I'm enjoying it here a lot. I'm originally from NJ, but went to Georgetown for college---felt that I could grow more here than at home in NJ. Had a blast in college, met my (now) wife there, stuck around for med school. Aaannd, I'm hoping to stick around for residency, too. Every med school has its problems, but I think G'town's got many more pros than cons, and it's an awesome place to be.

SoCal would be nice, though....
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