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Careers in Cardiac Sonography
By: CareerCast.com
Thanks to media attention for the American Heart Association's "Go Red" campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women, you may already know that heart disease is the top killer of American women each year. What you may not know are the factors fueling the demand for cardiac sonographers, the specially trained health professionals who use ultrasound technology to help detect and monitor heart disease. According to Ken Horton, the Chair of the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography of the American Society of Echocardiography, the cost, safety, efficiency, and portability of cardiac ultrasound in comparison to other imaging modalities are ... more
Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer
By: CareerCast.com
Q:I am finishing residency in June and have a few job offers to consider. What should I look for besides a competitive salary? A: Most new physicians join a practice without first giving it a thorough "history and physical exam." Asking pertinent questions will help you avoid joining the wrong practice, and knowing your rights in the practice ahead of time will help you and your employer avoid dragging each other to court in the future. more...more
Tips For Hiring The Right Support Staff
By: CareerCast.com
1. Start with a wish list Build a wish list of the qualities that the perfect candidate would have. If you have a job description, start there. Without this ‘shopping list’ you might not recognize the best candidate. Ask yourself: Is this a job a good worker will want? Every job in a medical practice needs to include a reasonable mix of work. CONTINUE READING AT MODERN MEDICINEmore
Healthcare Providers Can Benefit From Data Analytics
By: CareerCast.com
The presence of data and analytic tools to improve both the quality and efficiency in healthcare are being felt, but there are more benefits to be realized from these investments, according to a recent survey. In a survey, KPMG asked more than 270 healthcare professionals “Where is your organization in the business and data analytics roadmap?” and found that only 10% are using advanced tools for data collection with analytics and predictive capabilities. Twenty-one percent indicated that they are still only “planning their journey.” Of the other respondents, 16% said they are using data in strategic decision making, 28% are ... more
Coding Versus Billing Skills
By: CareerCast.com
Q: I am the new office manager in my husband's practice, but I have no experience in coding. Do you know where I can take a coding class that is only 8 to 10 hours in duration?more
Incentives Offered To Companies Promoting A Healthy Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
Starting in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act, there will be new regulations and incentives related to company wellness programs. Small businesses that meet certain requirements will be able to take advantage of a $200 million pool of grant funding for creation of wellness programs. The law increases the reward that employers can offer workers who live up to wellness goals, now limited to 20 percent of the cost of health coverage. And businesses with group insurance that offer incentive-based wellness programs won't be able to discriminate based on certain medical conditions. “Having any form of legislation to support ... more
Training And Retaining Healthcare Staff
By: CareerCast.com
So you have surrounded yourself with a solid team. How do you continue to coax the best of your employees’ attributes and enrich their growth as staff members? Some fellow dermatologists weigh in. A solid staff is not forged overnight. The process involves foundational practices, significant orientation, and an environment of proper mentorship and coaching. Jody Comstock, M.D., director of Skin Spectrum in Tucson, Arizona, provides detailed training manuals, employment handbooks, and job descriptions tailored to the new hire. “They must complete a core competency list before they work on their own,” she says. These may include a variety of ... more
Hospital Hiring Riding Yearlong Momentum
By: CareerCast.com
Halfway through 2015, hospitals are on pace to be the leader for hiring in the healthcare industry. A Forbes column illuminates the recent boom hospitals have experienced in staffing, gaining employees for nearly a year straight. The current trend isn't just a return to normal after the economic struggles brought on by the recession, either. While the recession impacted hiring at hospitals -- the industry largely plateaued through 2009 and 2010 -- the recent jumps in hiring greatly outpace the sector's steady climb from 2005 through 2008. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roughly 4.9 million are employed ... more
Healthcare Cover Letter Do's and Don'ts
By: CareerCast.com
Crafting a cover letter to get yourself noticed by a healthcare employer is never an easy task. However, it's your best chance of getting your foot in the door of an employer that may or may not have thought about hiring you based on your resume. Cover letters get personal; employers want to see who you are through them. When you're conducting a healthcare job search it's important to put together one that tells the prospective employer who you are and what you've achieved in the field to date. Create a stellar cover letter by knowing the difference between what ... more
Healthcare Grads Are In Demand
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As the school year at U.S. colleges and universities ends, it's safe to assume most new college graduates who haven't finalized job offers yet are scrambling to land interviews and their first post-graduate jobs. Those job hunters should find the results of a new salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) encouraging. According to the survey, this year's new bachelor's degree graduates are receiving average starting salaries 5.3% higher than those received by last year's grads. According to NACE Executive Director Marilyn Mackes, "The sizeable gains in several disciplines --- particularly in health sciences and business ... more