Exploring Healthcare Careers and Issues in Medicine & Healthcare Online
This is an unexpected time for us all. Healthcare organizations and care centers have to prioritize their time and resources. In-person volunteering, observation and clinical activities for undergraduate students or non-medically trained personnel is often not possible.
The following links will share some online resources to encourage students to explore various healthcare careers and issues.
Exploring Healthcare Careers
A physical therapist has the opportunity to improve the quality of a patient's life through specialized treatment. The goal of a physical therapist is to promote the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
- Sensory Room - Helping students with autism focus and learn by using a sensory integration room. (3 minutes)
- A Day in the Life - A Physical Therapy student discusses physical therapy school and brings you along to a typical day in the life of a physical therapy student. (15 minutes)
- Experiencing Significant and Rewarding Moments - A Day in the Life of a Pediatric Physical Therapist. (2 minutes)
An Occupational Therapist works with patients to help improve their lives by adapting daily activities to meet the needs of the individual.
- Sensory Processing Disorder - This Occupational Therapist explains her work with a pediatric patient. (4 ½ minutes)
- Handwriting Difficulties - Addressing this issue is common among pediatric patients. (4 minutes)
- Down Syndrome - How a boy can benefit from Occupational Therapy to help develop skills and function. (4.5 minutes)
- Conversations with an OT - Interviews with an Occupational Therapy Practitioner (OTP): learning about educational experience, career path, and advice for those looking to enter the field. (each interview approximately 60 minutes)
The Respiratory Therapist provides assistance to patients experiencing respiratory difficulty from chronic and/or complex issues that can often result in life-saving techniques.
- Pediatric Respiratory Care - An overview of what patients and families can expect when in need of respiratory care. (5 minutes)
- Dedication - Shows what respiratory therapists do and why they are so dedicated to their profession. Contains information on growth of the profession, educational requirements, salaries, and specialties. (22 minutes)
This type of therapy has many advantages which includes minimizing patient anxiety, improving healing, reducing depression, to name a few.
- Engaging Pediatric Patients – Touching pediatric hearts through music therapy. (2 minutes)
A Speech Language Pathologist(SLP) works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
- Infant Feeding Issues - Helping families navigate the complexities of difficulties eating and drinking. (2 minutes)
- Bedside Swallow Screen - Observe a bedside oral-motor exam to assess a patient. (4 1/2 minutes)
- Difficulty Swallowing – SLP’s are part of Loyola Medicine’s rehabilitation team helping patients recover from injury, assess swallowing difficulties and develop therapy plans. (3 minutes)
Psychologist/Psychiatrist – Child Interview
- Screening for adverse childhood experiences – The importance of a psychologist/psychiatrist conducting a routine interview to identify trauma which could impacting lifelong health. (12 minutes)
Trauma doctors specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, stabilizing and managing patients who have experienced various life threatening injuries.
- Life in a Trauma Center – Identifying injuries quickly and efficiently to save a patient’s life. (6 minutes)
Doctors primarily manage health and medical needs of their patients. Many physicians who work in inpatient and outpatient settings have direct contact with patients, and share general roles and responsibilities like diagnosis, medication management, and treatment planning.
- Crazy Day in the Life of a Pediatrician – Tag along for a day with a Pediatrician. (18 minutes)
- 26 Hour Call Shift with a Physician – A day in the life of a 3rd year resident. (12 minutes)
Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices. Nursing is for those with compassionate hearts, caring hands and intelligent minds.
- A Day in the Life of an ER Nurse - Impacting patients in the Emergency Department. (4 ½ minutes)
- Receiving Care from a Nurse Anesthetist - Not only providing sedation, Nurse Anesthetists gain the trust of their patients during an anxious time and let them know that God is taking care of them too. (2 ½ minutes)
- A Day in the Life of an OR Nurse – This nurse shares her day as a general operating room. (4 minutes)
- What to Expect at an Infusion Treatment – Walking you through the first day of infusion treatment for cancer patients. (5 ½ minutes)
Hospital tours can help patients learn what to expect to make their experience less stressful.
- Tour a Hospital – This hospital is designed to promote a positive patient experience. (10 minutes)
- Passion is Powerful Medicine – The tour of this hospital demonstrates the full range of specialty care for pediatric patients and their families.
Issues in Medicine & Healthcare
Public Health’s role is generally protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention.
- What makes us get sick? Look upstream - Not only treating a patient’s symptoms, but getting to the root cause of what is making them ill. (18 minutes)
- What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? - A revolutionary idea on how to treat a client’s physical needs by first accessing and addressing other determents of health. (16 minutes)
- A smarter, more precise way to think about public health - Consider how precision public health (ex: big data, consumer monitoring, gene sequencing) can aid developing countries. HIV transmission from mothers to babies is significantly reduced in sub-Saharan Africa due to these strategies. (14 minutes)
- How monitoring animal health can predict human disease outbreaks - How paying attention to animal disease patterns could predict medical crises and the need for global health agencies to start monitoring animals just as closely as they do people. (15 minutes)
- What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? - What if we paid doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick. (10 ½ minutes)
- The Problem with Race-Based Medicine - It is time to abandon race-based medicine and end the social inequalities that divide people. (14 ½ minutes)
- Why your doctor should care about social justice - The problem of structural inequities embedded in the world's political and economic organizations, inequities that make marginalized people more vulnerable. (13 ½ minutes)
- A new way to fund healthcare for the most vulnerable - Calling for a new health care funding model that's flexible and ambitious -- to deliver better health to everyone, whatever their needs are. (11 minutes)
- Being Mortal Documentary - In this documentary, Atul Gawande MD explores the relationship doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. (54 minutes)
- What Really Matters at the End of Life - Physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for patients. (19 minutes)
- We Need Better Drugs Now - Explaining why systematic drug discovery is imperative, even for rare and complex diseases. (14 ½ minutes)
- What Americans agree on when it comes to health –Research shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they need to live good lives. (13 minutes)
- Conception to Birth – Visualized – A powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (9 ½ minutes)
- What if all US healthcare costs were transparent?- Discussing the true costs of medical procedures and making the data public, revealing the secrets of health care pricing. (7 minutes)