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Resources for Your Medical Career Toolkit
There's a wealth of information out there about the healthcare industry. If you're looking to do some research, start here.
Health Professions Career and Education Directory
Price: $52.50 (AMA member) $70 (nonmember)
Publisher: American Medical Association (AMA)
What it is: An enormous directory, updated annually, that lists and describes different educational institutions and programs, as well as 67 different health professions.
Where it's at: Free online at: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/14598.html
Benefits: This directory can give you a very comprehensive overview of the different healthcare-related jobs and educational programs out there. Also, it presents the information in chart-form for easy comparison.
Drawbacks: Very broad. Works best as a starting point for your school or job search.
U.S. Department of
Labor's Career Guide to Industries, Healthcare
U.S. Department of Labor's Career Guide to Industries, Healthcare
What it is: The Department of Labor's overview of the Healthcare Industry, complete with working conditions, average wages, job outlook and more.
Where it's at: http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm
Benefits: Look here if you want some raw statistics on the industry and a general idea of where the industry is going.
Drawbacks: It's a bit dry and is packed with numbers and statistics.
New England Journal of
New England Journal of Medicine
Price: $65.00 (print & online), $49 (online only) per year for 52 weekly issues
Publisher: Massachusetts Medical Society
What it is: One of the most highly respected and widely read peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. If you're in medicine, you're reading it.
Where it's at: Your school or public library. Subscribe online at www.nejm.org.
Benefits: You can be certain that its information on the latest developments in the industry is accurate and up-to-date.
Drawbacks: The highly technical articles might be hard for a beginner to understand.
Over My Med Body!
Author: Graham Walker
What it is: A blog by a third-year medical student at Stanford University
Where it's at: www.grahamazon.com
Benefits: Graham gives you a humorous, no-holds-barred look at medical school and the health industry itself. He is also an advocate for expanding health care access to all people.
Drawback: Highly subjective, of course
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