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Spotlight on Veteran Affairs Social Workers

March 12, 2019 | 11:00am
Professional social workers prevent crises and counsel on how to cope with the stresses of everyday life. They have a deep understanding of human development and behavior. Carl Castro is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families at the University of Southern California. He is also Read More

Why Environmental Health Practitioners Exist

January 22, 2019 | 5:23pm
Environmental health practitioners are dedicated to protecting public health by monitoring and recommending solutions to reduce pollution levels. Specialists from this field focus on air, soil, water, hazardous waste, noise and radiological pollutions. Because of these professionals, the world and the people who live in it are helped to live healthily and Read More

Dermatology: Getting Under Your Skin

January 1, 2019 | 11:00am
When considering a health care profession, it helps to talk to a professional who has experience in your potential career. We recently interviewed Anisha Patel, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology, Division of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She was able to Read More

Spotlight on Dermatology

December 12, 2018 | 9:00am
Dermatology isn't just about cosmetic procedures and treating acne. It's a field that focuses on "evaluating and treating children and adults with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, hair, nails and adjacent mucous membranes." We spoke with Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor at Read More

Spotlight on Social Work: HEALS Recipient Katherine Lord

December 4, 2018 | 9:21am
While planning out your academic future, you may want to explore what health care careers have to offer for internships and experience. For those planning to get a graduate degree in social work, there is a considerable amount of time you need to spend in the field before you can Read More

Tackling Gender Stereotypes in Nursing

November 27, 2018 | 9:00am
According to the US Census Bureau, less than 10 percent of all registered nurses are men, and traditionally, nursing programs have been largely populated by women. It's a stereotype that nursing is a "woman's profession" since Florence Nightingale founded it in the mid-1800s. But times are changing: the percentage of male nurses Read More

Spotlight on Dental Hygienists

November 20, 2018 | 11:00am
There's a well-known Mark Twain quote: “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Dental hygienist Monica Kwan loves that she has such a career. Not only is she able to work in a field she enjoys, but she can give back Read More

Experiences of a Naturopathic Medical Student

November 6, 2018 | 9:00am
Naturopathic physicians concentrate on whole-patient wellness through health promotion and disease prevention, attempting to find the underlying cause of each patient’s condition. They provide individualized, evidence-informed therapies that balance the least harmful and effective approaches to help facilitate the body’s ability to restore and maintain optimal health. We spoke with Read More

Spotlight on Podiatric Medicine

October 31, 2018 | 9:00am
Every year, about one thousand medical students apply to podiatric medical school. Podiatric medicine is focused on the treatment of foot and ankle disorders. These health care professionals are educated in advanced techniques involving surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation. To learn more about this health care career, we Read More

Spotlight on Medical Dosimetry

October 9, 2018 | 9:00am
Medical dosimetrists are members of the radiation oncology team, which includes radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists and oncology nurses. Medical dosimetrists ensure that radiation treatment promotes the highest radiation dose with the fewest side effects on the patient’s healthy organs. When a radiation oncologist prescribes radiation to a tumor, a Read More

Spotlight on Registered Nurses

May 22, 2018 | 9:00am
Studying to become a nurse, no matter which specialty, takes focus, patience and passion. In college, your academics are number one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join groups or clubs. Laura Plante is a registered nurse (RN) at the Life Care Center of Auburn, MA. While studying for her degree, Read More

Spotlight on Geriatric Social Work

April 12, 2018 | 9:00am
As we mentioned in a previous post, it's projected that the geriatric population will grow steadily throughout the next few decades. In fact, by 2030, there will be a 75 percent increase in the number of Americans requiring nursing home care. A corresponding influx of health care professionals focused on geriatrics is needed Read More

Spotlight on Registered Dietitians, Part II

April 10, 2018 | 9:00am
In part one of this spotlight, registered dietitians Felicia Stewart and Alexandra Rae provided advice for those starting out in the dietetics field. In part two, Alexandra and Felicia tell us about their website, Fully Nourished, and how it has helped them reach more people seeking help from their expertise. ExploreHealthCareer.org (EHC): Tell Read More

Spotlight on Registered Dietitians, Part I

April 5, 2018 | 9:00am
Dietetics is the science of how food and nutrition affects human health. Dietetics has a strong focus on public health and a commitment to educating about the importance of making proper dietary choices. We recently spoke with registered dietitians Felicia Stewart and Alexandra Rae to learn more about this field, which Read More

Spotlight on Geriatric Medicine

March 22, 2018 | 9:00am
There’s an entire generation that is in need of health care providers — the senior population. By 2060, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to double from 46 million today to over 96 million. At that time, seniors will make up almost a quarter of the Read More

Spotlight on Child Welfare Social Workers

March 8, 2018 | 9:00am
Professional social workers prevent crises and counsel on how to cope with the stresses of everyday life. They have a deep understanding of human development and behavior. One of the specialists in this health care field is a child welfare specialist. These social workers protect and serve children. To learn Read More

Spotlight on Chiropractors

March 6, 2018 | 9:00am
The practice of chiropractic medicine began when Daniel David Palmer gave the first adjustment in 1895. Over one hundred years later, there are now 77,000 chiropractors in the field. Chiropractic care is a health care discipline that emphasizes the relationship between the body’s main structures — the skeleton, the muscles and Read More

Spotlight on Food Safety Specialists

February 22, 2018 | 9:00am
If you’ve watched reality shows like Kitchen Nightmares or Bar Rescue, you may have seen some nasty food safety violations. Or, maybe you’ve seen one of many viral videos of rats in kitchens and raw food stored next to cooked food. Cross contamination, undercooking food and poor hygiene practices can Read More

Spotlight on Clinical Social Workers

February 15, 2018 | 9:00am
The social work profession is made up of a diverse group of professionals who respond to and prevent crises. You may have an image in your mind 0f social workers on television, who only do home visits for families. In fact, social workers specialize in one or more of over 40 Read More

Spotlight on Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

February 8, 2018 | 9:00am
The roles of a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner aren’t interchangeable. While their job functions may be similar — including prescribing medication and operating their own practices — each require distinct career paths with several years of certifications and licensing. So you want to be a physician assistant... Physician assistants, or PAs Read More

Spotlight on Medical Illustrators & Animators

January 25, 2018 | 9:00am
If you have ever been to a doctor's office or science classroom, chances are you have seen the artwork of a medical illustrator. These professional visualization specialists create imagery that advances medical science knowledge and empowers health literacy for patients and the public. They use their artistic talent to produce this Read More

Spotlight on Social Workers

December 21, 2017 | 9:00am
When you start looking into a career in social work, you may expect that all positions will have you working directly with clients and their families. In fact, there are also opportunities to work for the organizations or associations that support the field itself. Through initiatives and centers, associations support social Read More

Spotlight on Massage Therapists

December 18, 2017 | 9:00am
“The great thing about massage therapy is there are so many options,” Kelly Merriman, a licensed massage therapist (LMT) explains. “From prenatal massage to sports massage to medical massage, you can do almost any of them. Or all of them. I didn’t choose just one, I do many types!” [caption id="attachment_6522" align="aligncenter" Read More

Spotlight on Dental Hygienists

December 7, 2017 | 9:00am
Maintaining dental health is vital for overall well-being, but many people are afraid of the dentist or just keep pushing a visit off. Even some of those who work in the dental field now, like Jenah Wieczorek, were once in that boat. “I hated going to the dentist when I Read More

Spotlight on Animal Behaviorists

December 5, 2017 | 9:00am
If you have an Instagram account, chances are that you follow your friends, favorite celebs and maybe even a few TV shows. You probably follow a bunch of different accounts for cute puppies and kittens, too. It’s hard not to, when there are probably thousands of pet accounts and there Read More