Although physicians are not required to swear the original Hippocratic Oath, written in 500 BCE and detailing a moral code of contact, they do vow similar sentiments. The modern version essentially states to “do no harm” and also consider patients’ social and financial well-being when treating them. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous physicians out there who abuse their position for personal financial gains. In Illinois, the lax medical regulations have made it possible for even disgraced doctors to line their pockets at the expense of their patients.
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When a person has periodontitis, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, the mouth is like a battlefield. Millions of bacteria are fighting their way in, taking shelter in the soft tissues of the gums. Then, they fire their nasty, infectious strains through the blood stream. Initial losses include teeth, which may fall out. Unexpected victims, however, may be the arteries and, ultimately, the heart.
Although there has been no definitive proof that gum disease causes heart disease, the links between the two are becoming stronger. If you have periodontal disease, it could be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease, the #1 killer of Americans. In fact, one out of four people in the U.S. dies of heart disease every year – a staggering 610,000 people. Isn’t that reason enough to heed all possible warnings?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a vision for the future of Chicago. It’s big, it’s bold, and it could be a game-changer in terms of career opportunities for healthcare professionals, including medical assistants.
There’s a movement happening across the country, related to advances in medical technology and medical technology startup companies, which is similar to the tech startup boom that has come to define northern California’s Silicon Valley.
Even though there’s a lot of uncertainty in healthcare these days with what’s going on in Washington, D.C., one thing is undeniable—many of the specialty fields within the industry are poised for serious growth.
A position that is well positioned as any other is that of the medical assistant.
In today’s healthcare landscape, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Will the Affordable Care Act remain as the law of the land? If it does, for how long? Or will Congress repeal and replace it with a new policy?
However, even with all of this uncertainty, there are still some things that can be counted on when it comes to healthcare today in the U.S.—one of which is the growth and high demand of certain related career fields.
One of the more impressive cases in point on that front is the medical assistant.
When most people hear the words “radiologic technologist” or “rad tech,” one common misconception is that technologists are simply “button pushers.” However, radiologic technologists do far more than make exposures on patients. They are imaging professionals who play an integral role in surgery, assist radiologists in special procedures, operate mobile radiography units, and assist in cardiac catheterization procedures.
The following are skills that are important for radiologic technologists to have in order to succeed in the field.
Gary Gruenewald is the Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator for Northwestern College’s Radiologic Technology program. Gary has been working at Northwestern College for nine years, with a total of 27 years in higher education overall. Gary actually began his own education at the University of Illinois for pre-dentistry.
Such is the case with this one. Especially when the issue at hand is your career, and your future. You’ve got to be aware of what’s happening on the landscape of possible career fields, recognize when an amazing opportunity presents itself, and act on it.
Which leads us to the field of radiologic technology.
Angela Campbell works as an assistant professor in the Health Information Technology program. She has been with Northwestern College just over 4 years, with a total of 18 years working in higher education overall. Her own educational background is quite impressive.
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When you hear the word “healthcare,” many things can come to mind. It’s a huge profession—one of the few that can honestly say it touches the life of virtually every person living in the United States at one point or another. And anytime you visit a physician’s office, hospital, or medical clinic, you’re going to see all kinds of healthcare professionals, working in a broad range of capacities with an equally wide range of responsibilities, functioning together to meet the very distinct needs of each and every patient.
With such a “30,000 foot” view of the healthcare industry, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that each of those healthcare professionals you see is fulfilling a unique role to make that organization’s operation move ahead seamlessly and successfully.