5 Tips For Medical Professionals

If you want to become the top dog in any field, including the medical field, you should follow these 5 simple tips to make the most of your career as a medical professional. Getting a degree is only half the battle. In your medical career you will need to go through training, certification, ongoing education, and hours of hard work and dedication.

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The code of conduct of a medical professional is vital in providing professional medical care to individuals. Following the code of medical ethics improves patient care and the health of patients. Proper execution of duties and responsibilities, maintenance of medical records, issuing authorized drugs and providing quality assurances in patient care are essential ethics of a successful medical professional.

Build Knowledge and Expertise

Focus on gaining knowledge and becoming certified in your field. Whether you are pursing a medical degree, becoming a pharmacy technician, training to be a nurse, becoming a certified medical professional signifies your field of study. If you aim to be a successful medical professional, you should maintain persistent knowledge in the area. You must also keep yourself abreast with medical advancements and new innovations in the field.

Manage Patient Relationships

Medicine is not only a job but also a service to the community. The social attitude towards your patient contributes to their stress levels and emotional status. Good bedside manner involves comforting and reassuring patients while maintaining professionalism and honesty. Be aware of your body language, tone of voice, volume, gestures, presence, attire, and honesty. Poor bedside manner can lead to a patient feeling stressed, worried, sad, and frightened. Managing patient relationships becomes especially difficult when trying to communicate unfavorable news to a patient while trying to keep them calm.

tips-medical-professionals-social-mediaUse Social Media Accounts Cautiously

This applies to doctors, physicians and other medical professionals. It is critical that you set appropriate boundaries when you use online social media accounts. Medical professionals must be cautious when they connect with their patients and clients on these platforms. Use these platforms to provide public information instead of private information. Provide valuable content and spark meaningful conversations and comments. Take advantage of this opportunity to provide your expert opinion and show of your expertise.

Focus on Determination and Consistency

Rome was not built in a day! Dedicate yourself to your profession. Your determination to be the best and consistent hard work will lead to a successful career. You must devote yourself to the field and must serve with selflessness and a positive attitude to gain experience. Your experience adds to your personality as a medical professional.

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5 Things To Consider While Pursuing a Medical Career

Getting a degree or certification is an important step in pursuing career, but getting the right degree or certification is more important. There are a plethora of fields in which one can enter from engineering or architecture, medicine or hospitality and every field requires in-depth Desire, Direction and Determination. Let’s dive into the things to consider when you pick a career in the medical field.

1. Find Motivation

A desire for work without motivation soon fades away. You must find purpose in what you are doing. There are two types of motivations Internal and External, both of which support you to continue with your passion and grow in it. Try answering these questions to better understand why you want to pursue a career in the medical field before you make your decision. Is it the desire to serve mankind? Or the lucrative job opportunities? Or is it because nothing else interests you much? Whatever the reason, you must figure it out and work accordingly.

2. Understand The Job Profile

Whether you decide to be a physician, a nutritionist, a cardiologist or a neurosurgeon every job profile demands commitment and passion. More importantly, there are some other aspects of each and every specialized field that an individual needs to fulfill for better performance in the respective field.
A nutritionist cannot perform well if he or she has no affinity towards food or does not have sufficient knowledge of food and healthy eating habits. So to become one you need to be a food and nutrition enthusiast. Similarly, other medical fields require around the clock service and ability to work under pressure. It is important to understand whether or not you are the right fit for the job and that the job is the right fit for you.

3. Learn How To Become a Medical Professional

Analyzing and identifying the best colleges or training programs is essential to get yourself a good medical professional degree. You must seek help from people already in the field who can guide you throughout the process. The internet is always at your service, you can get help online regarding advice and information.

4. Look Into The Work Environment

There are numerous job opportunities for a medical professional enthusiast, but before you make your decisions you need to see where you are the most comfortable. Doctors, physicians and other medical personnel are needed in military, public and private firms. It’s up to you to decide where you want to serve and how you want to serve. You can select the zone of your service depending upon the remuneration and incentives offered or your ease of service in the field.

5. Work Life Balance

Medical careers are lucrative but at the same time some of the career paths demand consistent efforts and around the clock service. It becomes one’s moral duty to serve long hours and to be on point whenever you are called to work. A dying patient cannot wait for the clock to strike 8:00 am and it is the medical professional’s duty to be ready for anything at any time. If you decide to pursue a medical professional career, you need to be mentally prepared for the role you are supposed to perform and its expectations.

Happy Interview Technique: Humility

News flash!! You are not the greatest thing since sliced bread. Big deal, you took a NASM practice test. Yawn… you completed a paramedic practice test, paramedic training and are now certified. ZZZZZZZZ… you attended this conference and that conference. Get over yourself, so did every other candidate. Also, do not forget that the interviewer in front of you did all the same things often times before you were born, so do not bother trying to impress them with all your “experience”. The things listed above are all good, and yes, the interviewer should know about those things. However, the interviewer is looking for a much more important character trait during your interview. The trait the panel is looking for is humility.

The dictionary defines humility as, Lacking Pretense; not believing you are superior to others; meekness; modest; not boastful. I put it another way. You need to get your QC. That is, your quiet confidence. Quiet Confidence means that you are competent but not arrogant.  Arrogance is an attitude and employers realize that attitudes are very hard to change once they are set. It is just easier to not hire someone with the wrong attitude vs. hiring them and trying to change them. During your interview you will have many chances to display this character trait. The questions listed below are common questions you will get that will test your ability to be humble:

  • What have you done to prepare for this position?
  • What makes you better than the rest of the candidates?
  • List some of your strengths.
  • List some of your weaknesses.
  • How do you deal with conflict?
  • What leadership positions have you held?
  • How do you define customer service?
  • What does diversity mean to you?

In a later post we will discuss strategies to tackle the above questions with Quiet Confidence. The way you are perceived by the interviewer is everything. All that matters is what the interviewer perceives. Whether it’s true or not, perception is reality. Humility is all about you. If you are not humble now, I suggest you start today and change your attitude. Here are three rules that I live by that help to keep me humble. First, I do not think more highly of myself than I ought to. Second, I refuse to be offended.  Lastly, treat others like you want to be treated. If you do those three things you are on your way to developing humility.  A religious quote states, “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” Your honor is landing that job. Before you walk into that interview, get your attitude in check, and good things will come your way.

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HAPPY Interview Technique: Articulate

articulate interviewTo set yourself apart and land that job you are going to have to be articulate. The way that you articulate verbally and nonverbally can make a profound impact on the audience you are speaking to. You will need to master some simple techniques so that you will present yourself as a confident, intelligent, well-spoken candidate, that has a clear vision for his/her future. In the following pages we will discuss how the words you use to describe yourself can leave the panel with a memorable impression about you. We will discuss how you need to get a handle on your bum’s and your um’s to be a successful candidate. Finally I will discuss the importance of articulating your vision.
Use the question, “what are your strengths”, as an opportunity to demonstrate that you are articulate.
Sitting through hundreds of interviews over the last several years one thing became very clear to me. Many of the candidates use the same words to describe themselves. After a while it almost becomes a distraction and one thing is for sure, I am unable to remember one candidate from another. The drill would go something like this, “So Mr. Smith give us one of your strengths”. At this point the candidate would describe himself or herself in a very typical way. We would hear hard working, team player, or “I just care too much.” Those are all good things but they are almost clique and every other candidate will say something very similar, if not the same thing. The interviewer will be left with nothing to remember you by. This is one of those golden opportunities to wow the group or at least wake them up. The way you speak does leave the impression of intelligence on the panel. I suggest that you employ a simple tool that we all used in high school to change it up a bit. Use the thesaurus. The thesaurus is a tool that takes any word and gives you another option for the same word. You can purchase a thesaurus or find one online. I suggest you make a list of qualities that you posses, that you would consider strengths, and then type them into the thesaurus. Some examples are below:

  • Hard working: Diligent
  • Good attitude: Optimistic
  • Solve problems: Critical thinker

A good vocabulary leaves the panel feeling that you are educated and well read. If you do not have a great vocabulary you are going to have to fake it a bit. Here are some other words you can use to describe yourself that can set you apart:
• Judgment
• Ingenuity
• Practical intelligence
• Perspective
• Perseverance
• Honesty
• Loyalty
• Discretion
• Humility
• Prudence
• Passion
• Hope

I could go on and on but I trust you can make your own list. You can find lists on-line or a favorite habit of mine is to take notes as I read books.

Clean up your bums and extinguish your um’s
We all do it. We stall and invariably we stall the panel with about 500 um’s. You do not notice it yourself but trust me the panel is driven to distraction by it. As you um your way through the interview the panel begins to fidget uncomfortably and that becomes what you are remembered for. This is not good. There is no simple solution to cleaning up your um’s it is just a practical step that you must tackle. First, I am fond of saying experience is a function of frequency. The frequency I speak of here is practice. You must practice being interviewed. Being interviewed is not natural for us and we have no formal training to fall back on. You must seek out the experience by subjecting yourself to mock interviews. You have to force yourself to become comfortable in the interview setting. Have friends and family interview you and have them critique your performance. Better yet, have someone interview you who is experienced at giving interviews because they can give you meaningful feedback. The more you practice the more comfortable you will become in the interview setting and many of your um’s will disappear. The few um’s that remain will come from questions that stump you. The key here is use a technique I like to call a reflective pause. When stumped do not feel the need to begin talking, take a deep breath, scan the audience and pause. Often times the interviewer will appreciate that fact that you are thoughtful with your answer. The pause will feel like an eternity to you but remember you are on hyperdrive right now because you are in the hotseat. To the interviewer your brief pause is just that… brief. Use the reflective pause to extinguish your um’s.

Cleaning up your bums is much easier and for the most part it is common sense. Your bums have to do with the clothes you wear and the way you groom yourself. It has to do with the way you sit in the interview. It has to do with the way you greet and close with the panel. Get some manners you slob. First, you must dress the part. I recommend a nice solid color suit for males and a pants suit for women. Just a shirt and tie is not enough in my opinion, because if you are the only one who dresses down you will stand out for the wrong reason. Also, don’t get flashy here. The goal is to look professional and confident. Dressing professional will also have the effect of making you feel more confident. Please do not forget to wear nice dress shoes and matching socks. This is attention to detail and this is who we are looking for in our line of work. Obviously, be well shaven and comb your hair in a conservative manner. Remember, we do not care about your personal style here. We care about what the 80-year-old grandmother is going to think when she sees you coming at her in her time of need. Dress for success and you will impress the panel and look and feel confident.

As you enter and see the panel for the first time it can be a terrifying moment that can set the tone for your entire interview. You have an opportunity in these moments to put yourself at ease and impress the panel. A bum just strolls in looking at the ground and plops down in the chair. The panel instantly can see that pressure is already getting to you. Polish this up and you will surely stand out. As you enter the room, walk tall with your head up. Walk at a comfortable pace and do not rush. Make eye contact with someone on the panel and greet them. Usually this will be the first person that speaks but if nobody speaks, pick a person on the end and greet them. The greeting should be a simple sir or ma’am with a slight head nod. Don’t be afraid to smile here also. Feel free to greet people with their rank, however, make sure you know the rank before you say it. It is just safer to use sir or ma’am. After you greet the first person, move on down. When the greeting is complete, have a seat in your chair. A little time taken to greet the panel at the beginning will set you at ease and give the panel the impression that you are confident.

Be careful how you sit. You are feeling great now that you have greeted the interviewer and things are already going in your favor. This is not all that complicated but you would be surprised to know that many people mess this up. Ok, what should you do? You should approach the chair and place any materials you brought with you on the table in front of the chair. Pull the chair out and have a seat. Adjust the seat forward toward the table. You should sit upright. I have seen many candidates slump or slouch and it just makes them look sloppy and nervous. Fold your hands in your lap and keep them there unless you must use them to emphasize a point you are making. Do not get carried away with hand gestures because this can become distracting. Also, do not fidget with things that are in front of you on the table. Don’t spin your pencil or tap you finger. Do not play with your papers. In some interviews the panel will place things on the table in front of you just to see if you will play with them. The point with all of this is that you need to be attentive to the interviewer and pay them respect by looking interested in being there. You’re now in the game and ready for the first question.

When the questions begin to come, remember to make eye contact with the questioner. Be very careful to make eye contact with everyone in that room. Clean up your bum’s and your um’s and you will be on your way to success.

Interview Prepare

HAPPY Interview Technique: Prepared

Interview PrepareA successful candidate will be prepared before walking into the interview. Preparation is mandatory, no surprise to you I am sure. However, if you prepare in several key areas you will stand out from the rest. You will need to know yourself, know the position, and then practice, practice, practice.

Know Yourself

  • Take Who Am I Self Assessment
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Get stupid stuff of Facebook

If you want to impress the interviewer you will need to have a grasp on what makes you a good candidate. You need to know you. Take some time to fill out the Who Am I Self Assessment in this report and begin to understand whom you are and how you got to this interview. If you will have any chance at impressing the panel you will need to be able to articulate your vision and that starts with knowing who you are. Answering the questions in the Self Assessment will allow you to begin to understand how to answer common interview questions you will surely face.

Lastly, get stupid stuff off Facebook. This is self-explanatory. Just understand that many employers are now checking your Facebook page to get a gauge on your character. The best advice is to clean up your page or deactivate it.

Know the Position
• Mission of the company
• Core Values
• Annual report (if available)
• Position expectations and workload

When the interviewer asks you why you want to work for them and you list off new programs or approaches that they have in the works, their ears will perk up.  The point I am making to you is there are many items that are easily accessible to the public that most candidates do not avail themselves of. Much information can be gleaned from these pieces of information and it shows that you really put in some research time. At my company we want people who want to join our team not just collect a paycheck.  Take the time to learn about the position you are applying for.

Practice, practice, practice
This means you need to find your voice. Practice how you will answer interview questions. Practice in front of a mirror. Practice with your best buddy. Practice into a microphone and listen to the recording as you drive. Lastly, practice with someone with expertise on the subject of interviews. These people will be honest with you about what works and how you present yourself.  Leave your pride at the door.

Interview with Passion

HAPPY Interview Technique: Passion

Interview with PassionWhen you walk in to face the interviewer and you begin to answer questions you will need to be passionate to set yourself apart. Let’s just take a minute to remember that this is your dream. You have spent countless hours preparing for this moment. It seems as if your entire life has come down to this interview. How about you act like it?

I have interviewed hundreds of people and have I myself have been interviewed many times. I will tell you that the candidates that are passionate absolutely stand out. When I say passionate I am saying that you are fervent in your pursuit of this position. You have been passionately preparing yourself for this process and it shows in how you are answering the interview questions. I can see that you have wanted this so much that you have studied my department and know it intimately. I see that you have been passionate about this goal for some time because you have presented me with an action plan that shows me your three-year journey to get you where you are today. I see that you are dressed for success and have squashed your um’s. Indeed you are firing on all cylinders. However, if you forget to speak with passion you just might put the panel to sleep.

It is critical that when answering questions you show some energy. When you believe in something you will present your case with passion. When answering interview questions passion shows that you believe what you are saying and it is part of whom you are. On the other hand, a passionless answer tells the panel that your answer is canned and you are just trying to get hired. You will need to practice your answers and find the spots where you can add some fervor. These places are different for everybody because we are all passionate about different things so it is very important that you take some time to be introspective and find your passion.

Sometimes nerves will make you come across as passionless. It may be a good exercise to mention that you may have come across as passionless today, but you want the panel to understand you’ve been diligent in your pursuit of this goal for several years now, and as you stand on the cusp of success it is just a little overwhelming. Inform the panel that your passion will extend throughout your career in the fire service as you seek to be a positive role model.

Bottom line is you need passion. The beautiful thing is that if you spend the time to prepare you will naturally be infused with passion because you will be confident. Your trepidation will disappear and you will passionately spell out the case for why this department should hire you.

And the final step in the H.A.P.P.Y. interview technique…Yardstick

HAPPY Interview Technique: Yardstick

You walked through that door and you pulled it off. You were humble, articulate, prepared, and passionate. You have now become the yardstick that all the other candidates will be measured against. You have become the #1 candidate!

The job of a yardstick is to measure. You have become this yardstick. When I’m doing interviews we always have a way to score the candidate on a variety of areas. Often times it is a score of 1-10 on each question. Often times at the end of the score sheet, there is a place for comments. It is in the comments section where an interviewer will put their thoughts or gut feelings. The interviewer will often make note if they thought that a particular candidate was the best candidate so far. This is the key. After each candidate the panel discusses their interview. It is in this time that the best candidates are identified. After that candidate is identified all other candidates are measured against their performance. This is where you come in. If you walk into that interview and you are H.A.P.P.Y., then all other candidates will be measured against you, and the best they can hope for is a second place ranking.

Become the yardstick and you will set yourself apart and land that dream-job.

Medical Job Interview

Medical Position Interview Advice

Medical Job InterviewYou have successfully graduated from your program and/or passed the written test. You have moved on to the next step in the process. You are one step closer to your dream job. Did I say step? I meant leap. It is interview time and if you go into this unprepared you are doomed to fail along with the other overconfident candidates with no job. You are in desperate need of a road map. You need to understand who you are and what the interviewer wants to hear from you. You need a way to set yourself apart from the other 300 candidates. Hey relax… just be H.A.P.P.Y. and everything will be just fine.

H.A.P.P.Y is an acronym that spells out who you need to be before you walk in that door to face the panel. You will need to be humble, articulate, prepared, passionate, and the yardstick that the panel will measure other candidates against. In the following posts I will expand on each of these traits that you will need to master to secure your job. Within this guide are some strategies to answer some of the most difficult interview questions that you will face. Don’t be a deer in the headlights when asked what three of you weakness are. Set yourself apart when asked what your strengths are. When asked how you deal with conflict you will scan the group confidently and methodically spell out your personal strategy to handle the situation all while not sounding like the other 50 candidates before you. We will discuss what the panel is looking for in your introduction and closing. Squash your fears and anxiety, and be H.A.P.P.Y. This is the roadmap that leads to success.

NRCME Removal From Registry

The NRCME registration process requires the completion of a training course and the passing of the NRCME test by April 2014 to be eligible to perform Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exams.  Though many questions are being asked about the certification and registration process, many are wondering how the registry works, how they will be contacted, and how they can be removed from the registry if necessary.

Removal from the registry can come in three forms: Voluntary removal, Involuntary removal, and Emergency removal.  To voluntarily remove oneself from the registry, the medical examiner can submit a request to the director, office of carrier, driver and vehicle safety standards.  This submission will result in removal immediately upon acceptance, unless the involuntary removal process is in motion.

Involuntary removal comes in the form of a “Notice of proposed removal” send to the medical examiner.  The examiner may submit a response no later than 30 days after the notice of proposed removal, and may follow the process for review and correction and reinstatement.  There is also an emergency removal of an examiner if there is an inability to comply with standards.

The FMCSA states that it may remove a medical examiner from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners if the ME fails to meet or maintain the qualifications as outlined in the regulation.  Reasons for removal may include:

  • Failure to comply with the requirements for continued listing on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners as outlined in the regulation
  • Errors, omissions, or other indications of improper certification of an operator in either the complete Medical Examination Reports or the medical examiner’s certificates.
  • Issuance of a medical examiner’s certificate to an operator of a commercial motor vehicle who failed to meet the applicable standards at the time of the examination
  • The medical examiner fails to comply with the examination requirements specified in the FMCSA regulations
  • the medical examiner falsely claims to have completed training in physical and medical examination standards

Getting an RD Job Part 2

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Getting an RD Job Part 2

After the summer at Food Outreach, I started as a graduate assistant at Saint Louis University working 20 hours per week for our Nutrition Dietetics Department.  At the same time, I am also blessed to be working part time at a charter school in Saint Louis called City Garden Montessori where I teach Health, PE, and Culinary Arts.  I also got prepared using an RD Practice Test.

I’m not going to lie…it’s a lot of work, but I adore the kids and wouldn’t have it any other way.  PE class is a hoot, and I am constantly learning the different dynamics of the age groups.  My challenge with the Kindergarten class is to avoid tears and tattling for 45 whole minutes, whereas my challenge with the oldest students is to find games that won’t lead to a “too cool for school” attitude.

Health class has taken on an untraditional form, as I am admittedly jaded by standard nutrition messages.  Instead of using the food guide pyramid, we study food with a farm as our visual.  For example, fruits and vegetables come from the garden (not a skinny triangle on the food guide pyramid).  Butter is made from cream which comes from a cow (not an even skinnier triangle).  We have also put a strong emphasis on mindful eating and using the five senses to experience food…again, traditionally under-developed subjects in a Health class.

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Meanwhile, Culinary Arts allows us the hands-on practice to utilize what we discuss in Health class.  By planning and preparing the school lunch, each student a role in preparing the meal, which we then share family style.  Another twist: our current school building has very limited kitchen facilities, so almost all of our cooking happens through appliances which can be plugged into a wall (i.e. electric skillets, rice cookers, food processors).  As an answer to my prayers, we are moving to a new building next year with a full kitchen in the works!

To prepare for RD certification to get ahead, we certainly recommend RD Practice Tests or Registered Dietitian Practice Exams for preparation, in addition to study material and practical review.