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Resources for Your Medical Career Toolkit

By Hannah Waight

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

Price: Free.

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 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!

Price: Free

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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