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About the Health Professions



About the Health Professions

Medicine is an honorable profession that will continue to reward those who have the talent and dedication to practice it competently and compassionately. But premedical students must be aware of some of the trends that appear to be shaping the future of medicine. A number of programs will be held during the year that are designed to inform our students about such changes.

The health profession consists of a wide range of disciplines and opportunities. Such opportunities vary by educational requirements, skill set, salary and responsibilities. It encompasses allopathic and osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, dental, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatric medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, health administration, epidemiology, mental/ behavioral health, environmental health, nutrition, etc.

We recommend that you explore the various health professions as well as assess your interest. Take a look at the career options section below to learn more various opportunities within the health profession.

Students with questions concerning careers in optometry are encouraged to read the career guide compiled by The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Recruitment Materials Task Force to represent the most current, consistent, and reliable information on optometry as a career.

Deciding on a Career in Medicine

One of the most important decisions you will ever make is the choice of a career. This choice will determine to a large extent the lifestyle and satisfaction you will experience. The AAMC recently interviewed 171 medical school faculty members, residents, and students about the behaviors most likely to result in success in medical school and residency. According to the survey the following ten qualities are key:

  1. Taking an active role in helping to shape their learning and knowledge acquisition
  2. Self-management and coping skills
  3. Effort to foster a team environment
  4. Interpersonal skills and professionalism
  5. Empathetic and listening skills when interacting with patients and their families
  6. Technical knowledge and skill
  7. Extra effort and motivation
  8. Ethical judgment and integrity
  9. Mentoring skills
  10. Demonstrating an ability to remain calm under pressure

Students questioning their decision to pursue a career in medicine should consider if they:

  • Have a love for patient care
  • Have a love for the human body, science
  • Like to assist others and society
  • Want to be a leader, mentor, and/or teacher
  • Enjoy problem-solving and working with hands
  • Invigorated by the challenge
  • Consider the Pathway to Medicine

Career Options

Are you committed to public service? Do you enjoy working with people? Are you committed to life-long learning/ continuing education? These are a couple of questions you should ask yourself before venturing on the path towards a health career. Thoughtful consideration and researching the various disciplines is highly recommended.

There are various career options within the health profession. Check out the links below to learn more.