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How did you choose your field of healthcare?

Hi! I'm wondering how you chose what field of healthcare to get into and the things you like the most and dislike the most about it. Thank you!

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Richard’s Answer

I chose to become a physician because most members of my immediate family are physicians and I felt like I knew what to expect from the profession.

I chose interventional radiology after seeing an image guided procedure during my 3rd year of medical school and being fascinated at the use of medical imaging for diagnosis and treatment.

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Corin’s Answer

I always say I didn't pick nursing, it picked me. I started off as a laboratory technician with aspiration to be a pathologist. However, once I started working I determined nursing was a better route for me. I enjoyed the ability to see things from a macro level, being involved in the decision making, and implementing that care. Those are things you don't get in a lab. Even within that, I have worked in pediatrics, geriatrics, holistic medicine, intensive care, and informatics. It took a while before I found what my true calling was. I would say determine what values are most important to you then pick a field based on that. Once you pick a general field, you will determine what specific aspect you are best suited for once you start working. Some examples:

1) If you enjoy the investigative part of healthcare, you may consider working in a laboratory
2) If you enjoy the rehabilitation process, you may consider PT/OT/ST
3) If you enjoy being involved in the minute to minute care of a patient, you may consider nursing

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Estelle’s Answer

I have been practicing gynecology and gynecologic surgery for 30 years. I completely enjoy my job because I treat women of all ages ( except pediatrics). I perform well visits and routine care along with emergencies and less acute urgent problems such as infections. I enjoy routine office hours and the energy of performing surgery. The first decision to make is whether to choose a primary care specialty such as internal medicine or pediatrics versus a surgical specialty or one that involves procedures.
Good luck!

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Victor’s Answer

I've been always interested in financial and analytical aspects of healthcare as well as management. There are many options as far as business of healthcare (not clinical positions) with hospitals, provider organizations, pharmaceutical, healthcare start ups, technology companies, etc. Healthcare analytics quickly became key area of my professional interest. It's intellectually challenging and in the same time much needed to support business and to support clinicians with better information to improve health of real people.

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