Who's all in the medical field or hopes to be?

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    Jan 23, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    Hey guys, just wanted to know who all is in medical field or if you are going into the medical field. If you are, what do you do specifically or what do you hope to do? For example, I'm right now a Biology major and I want to become a physician's assistant, hopefully in the O.R.
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    Jan 23, 2013 1:35 PM GMT
    I'm a travel RN in the ICU (neuro, trauma, infectious disease). It's the best effing position because I get to travel the country. Been to New Hampshire, Boston, Phoenix and currently in Seattle. I'm loving my job!

    You have a good plan so go for it! Good luck to you!
  • daveindenver

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    Jan 23, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    I'm a biomedical guy so …I'm in the ballpark
  • Medjai

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    Jan 23, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    Dietetics is a health science.
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    Jan 23, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    I run a medical scribe program for area hospitals in NYC. If you are interested in medicine/surgery it would be a good start for you. You'd be paid to shadow physicians learn how to conduct interviews with patients, chart it in the medical record, follow and interpret results, and participate in the management of patients.

    I am working on my PhD in Neuroscience though, medicine is not for me.

    You definitely should spend a lot of time shadowing surgeons and other medicine physicians at least to make sure PA is what you'd like to do.

    Just out of curiosity, are you interesting in going to the PA program at U-Tech/Pen or whatever its called in Williamsport? I have a friend going there soon and know a PA who graduated from there
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    Jan 23, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    iv'e been a PA for 16 yrs! im sure that counts...lol
    its a great profession. i work in ER. and so work one day a week at a allergy and sinus center.
    let me know if you have any questions esp about PA profession or school.
    good luck and work hard its worth it in the end.
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    Jan 23, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    Will be applying to med schools in the fall
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:12 PM GMT
    I am a Medical Laboratory Scientist. I work in the lab performing all types of testing on blood and body fluids that the physician, PA, or NP order. This ranges from Hematology, Coagulation, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Immunology, Toxicology, Molecular (DNA sequencing), Virology, and Flow Cytometry (CD4/CD8 counts and detecting different cellular markers that are specific to tumor cells in ALL, AML, CML, CLL, etc). I can also work in a blood bank if I wanted, performing blood types, cross-matching compatible units and discovering and identifying any antibodies a patient might have developed if they receive frequent blood transfusions.

    As part of my job, I work up in the OR for open heart surgeries. There I run blood gasses while the heart is stopped and the patient is on bypass, and run ACT's (activated clotting times) to make sure we have them properly anti-coagulated. In fact, I just got called in the middle of last night to go in to work on a heart transplant case. It's really fun to work in the OR for open hearts. I'm always amazed at how far we've come with medicine!

    I too have been thinking about heading down the PA track. I am hoping to job shadow some of the PA's in the surgery suites that I know, as well as some that work as generalists in family practices and others that work orthopedics.
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    Right now im a paramedical aesthetican. Im going back to school to get my BSN so i can work for a dermatologist. After that, maybe one day becoming a dermatologist
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    Jan 23, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    Graduate in general medicine....
    in dilemma whether to continue further studies or not to go...
    cause I want to quit & become a writer(novels)!
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    Jan 23, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    I'm a licensed Radiation Therapist
    I am not trying to break into selling Radioactive Pharmaceutics
    I also hope to go to school to get my Masters in Medical Informatics so I can design new and better computer software for the Radiation Oncology department
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    Jan 23, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    I'll graduate nursing school this summer and I can't wait....so far I'm loving it.maybe someday go on to nurse practitioner
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    Jan 23, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    I'm a Pharmacy Technician, and I'm currently headed in the direction of applying to Pharmacy school. Although I'm starting to have second thoughts...
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    Jan 23, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    There's been a similar thread a few days ago.

    I'm finishing my first semester in medschool icon_smile.gif
  • chameleon

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    Jan 23, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    I am an RN
    I have been for 6 years.
    Awesome job!
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    PT hopeful in the future
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    Jan 23, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    Certified Emergency Nurse here.
    In the field for 21 years!
    It's tough at times, but very fulfilling!
  • nubScotty

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    Jan 23, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    Fairly new graduate RN here(2011). I've worked at a long-term care facility that specializes in Alzheimer's and dementia for the past year and recently got hired for a new grad program at a local hospital for the telemetry floor. Super fucking excited, and hoping Ill be able to keep both jobs. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

    Going to be working on my BSN, and from there I haven't decided yet. Looking into my NP

  • Jan 23, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    Registered Nurse here for 26 years,


    Worked Critical Care mostly.

    Intensive Care, Emergency Room

    Air Flight Trauma

    Management.


    Love every Fucking minute of it, some of best times and some of the worst times of my life.

    Made me the Man I am today......!!


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    Jan 23, 2013 7:59 PM GMT
    Public Health- Epidemiology Infectious disease control ;) .....I want to be a PA in the near future.
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    RN here have been for 28 years have had many positions and qualifications including Midwifery but currently using my Psychiatric Degree and work with homeless people. Nursing is a very rewarding career and can take you many places. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:03 PM GMT
    Doctor- emergency medicine..... fast pace.....challenging.....crazy.....with quick rewards and visible results with regards to patient care
  • StevenECU

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    Jan 23, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    I want to be a clinical dietetian, working closely with schock trauma/burn/ICU patients!! Proper nutrients are critical to recovery!!
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    I'm an analyst in genetic diagnostics, focusing on prenatal tests and Mitochondrial disorders.

    Not really the neighborhood physician but fun work icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    Was pre-med in undergrad (biochem) and going into grad school for psych. Worked as a biochem lab tech for about a year.

    Awesome job to the guys above me.