Career Corner

Interested in a career in healthcare? Look no further. Here you’ll find lots of resources for your given career.

First we will look at healthcare management!!!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2014 median pay for Medical and Health Services Managers was $92,810. The job outlook is about 17% which is very promising.

What do they do though???

They manage an entire facility, specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. They must also adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology. On the job, healthcare managers:

  • work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • develop goals and objectives
  • ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • manage the finances of the facility such a patient fees and billing
  • create work schedules
  • prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • keep and organize records of the facility’s services such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

How do I get this awesome job though?

First, you need a bachelor’s degree typically in healthcare management, administration, or perhaps a degree in finance. In order to move up from an entry level job or even to obtain some entry level jobs, employers look for experience and a master’s degree. Master’s programs in healthcare management or an MBA are often 2-3 years with a year of clinical experience. If interested, check out the programs at University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, or University of North Carolina!

Qualities that are important to have:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technical skills

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Interested in a career in public health?

Public health is a very broad career field. First, you would want to consider if you want to work domestically or globally! Then, you would want to choose an area of focus. Different areas of study are:

  • Behavioral and Social Science– social and behavioral sciences use different sociocultural and behavioral factors to better understand how healthy environments are sustained among different populations.
  • Biostatistics and Informatics– biostatistics uses statistical reasoning and methods to address major problems in public health and are interested in how data, population studies, and health intersect.
  • Community Health– interested in the health characteristics of populations within a shared geographical area.
  • Environmental Health– looks at different factors in our environment and tries to understand their role in the health of individuals and populations.
  • Epidemiology– the study of trends, patterns, and causes related to disease in populations to understand how diseases spread among given populations.
  • Global Health– the interdisciplinary approach to studying the health of populations across the world with particular interest in examining the ways health disparities and specific risk factors affect local and global populations.
  • Health Policy and Management– multidisciplinary field concerned with the delivery, quality, and costs of healthcare for individuals and populations.
  • Health Promotion and Communication– finds innovative ways to educate a wide variety of populations about health risks.
  • Maternal and Child Health– interdisciplinary field seeks answers for complex health considerations relating to women, pregnancy, reproduction, and infant and child well-being.
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities– concerned with widening access to health care for underserved populations as well as studying how resources can be distributed to more susceptible populations that are disproportionately affected by certain diseases.

Any degree can help you gain entry into a graduate level program. Graduate degrees are pretty much necessary to gain entry into the field. Different programs include a Master of Public Health in which there are different tracks that follow the subspecialties listed above, a Master of Health Administration which prepares students for careers in hospital administration and management, or a Master of Science. Schools of public health will offer programs under the MPH, MS, or even a PhD program. Check out the programs at the University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, or Boston University for unique and accredited programs! Check out http://www.aspph.org for some valuable information!

Due to the broad range of careers, it is difficult to provide a salary range. For more information, go to respective university websites and check out their graduate statistics!

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What about a career in medicine!?

Medicine is often the most sought out career when students start off interested in a profession in healthcare. At UTD, the best resource is the Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC). Typically though, undergraduate students pursue a degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or neuroscience to fulfill medical school requirements. It is important to start early with this process, for the MCAT which is the medical school admissions exam needs to be taken some time during the junior year. Medical school applications are open for over a year before you attend. For example, if you want to start medical school in Fall 2017, your application needs to be started THIS SUMMER.

When thinking about this career choice, getting experience is important in both forms of shadowing and volunteering if possible. Shadowing opportunities can be difficult to obtain due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that protects patient privacy and confidentiality. However, there are many programs, mainly during the summer, that offer this coveted opportunity. The Association of American Medical Colleges posted a great page of summer opportunities for pre-med students: https://www.aamc.org/members/great/61052/great_summerlinks.html.

Here you will find programs such as Summer Medical and Research Training Program (SMART)  at Baylor College of Medicine. Maximize your undergraduate experience and join organizations such as AED or Molding Doctors.

Whether you want to be a neurosurgeon, dermatologist, or primary care physician, make sure you follow the steps to success!

 

 

 

 

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