Exploring Health Care Careers

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There are many health care careers to be explored, including clerical work, medical transcription, nursing, health care management and being a doctor. Determine aptitude and interests in the medical field with help from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello my name is Dr. David Cathcart and I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The medical field is full of possibilities of things that one might consider when they start to consider health care as a long term livelihood. The various health care careers that one might consider really depend on what your aptitude is and what your interests are. You can become involved in health care from a very low level which essentially on a clerical level or you can be or you can go to the point where you're a brain surgeon or perhaps you're running a hospital. But when one starts to consider the kinds of careers that they might want to be involved in, you have to consider where you are at in your life, the kinds of interests that you have, I mean if blood bothers you there's certain parts of health care that you probably shouldn't be involved in. On the other hand if you're a numbers person you know and you like dealing with spreadsheets and budgets then maybe health care management is an area that you might want to consider. But almost all health care careers require at the minimum a high school degree and most of them requires some sort of an associate degree at least a two year degree or more. For example, you can get into transcription which is dealing with medical records and transcribing the doctors dictations for their visits with their patients. That can be transcribed but that kind of degree is usually an associate degree. You can go on to do a two year degree in nursing which would usually be like a licensed practical nurse or an LPN or you can go to a four year degree in nursing which is usually in the realm of an RN. You can add to that a master's degree in nursing where you can become what's called advanced practice nurse or a nurse practitioner. Or you can go into a different area all together where you can go into health care management and there's multiple careers with respect to health care management. We need people to runs hospitals and we need people to run clinics, make sure that budgets are adhered to and that there's leadership that's given in that industry. And last, certainly the direct hands on approach as a physician like myself which is usually in addition to four years of school, four years of college then it's usually four years of medical school and then there's almost always some advanced training that is required after that any more is at least two years if not more to do some sort of a residency. So the possibilities in health care are endless and really depend on how much time and effort you want to spend from you're starting right now and what your aptitude is, what the areas that you're really interested it. Thanks for taking this time explore medical careers with me. Again I'm Dr. David Cathcart with Heartland Regional Medical Center in Saint Joseph, Missouri.


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