Choosing a Healthcare Career
How do you choose which healthcare career is best for you? I know I want to be a hospital executive, but I'd also like to be a physician beforehand. I'm just not sure which specialty would be best for me. Any advice on discovering which healthcare career would suit a person the most?
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If you are interested in entering the medical field but aren’t sure what career to choose then again research each one and try to follow someone in each field. The big medical professions include physicians, PA’s, NP’s, and RN’s. All of these could get you to being a hospital administrator with enough experience. As a side note, an NP is a nurse who has gotten a graduate degree to become a practitioner, if you are not interested in that to become a hospital administrator as a nurse you will still likely need a graduate degree but could get it in something other than practitioner. Any decent sized hospital will employ all of these healthcare professionals, you could reach out to your local one to see about getting set up to shadow each type of professional so that you can find your fit.
Best of luck!
CAREER ADVANCEMENT FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
Career advancement for a physician assistant often means going back to medical school Amanda. This process involves more time in class, as well as additional years in a residency at a medical facility. For those physician assistants who don't want to go back to college, moving into a position as a Medical and Health Services Manager can be an alternate way to advance your career.
• MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES MANAGER – Amanda this is the career move to a hospital executive that does not require to go back to school. In fact, the experience gained as a physician assistant positions one perfectly for becoming a medical and health services manager, as a thorough knowledge of the healthcare industry is required. Master's degrees are also preferred, although they are not always necessary for those with the right skill set. As a medical and health services manager, one is responsible for coordinating how medical services are administered. Individuals may oversee an entire facility, a department, or a small group of doctors. The work is administrative in nature and can be a good fit for physician assistants who no longer want to practice medicine but do want to remain in the medical industry. Healthcare management professionals can work in hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, physician practices, and any place in which patients receive healthcare and treatment from a variety of providers. Like any business, healthcare facilities and medical practices are busy places with multi-faceted work activities taking place. Though healthcare managers rarely encounter patients directly, familiarity with the philosophy and ethics involved in delivering quality care is required.
Hope this was helpful Amanda
Reach out to professionals in your area doing the work you envision. The best executives are often not physicians. If you do become a physician first you may find that you have to study business topics on your own time or go back to school later to develop the executive skills.