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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Clinical documentation specialists

jhorowitzmd said... Education is definitely one way to go. However, there are other options. With all of the regulatory changes going on in health care (the change to electronic health records, Medicare's shift to a value-based purchasing methodology, the role of Recovery Audit Contractors and Medicare Administrative Contractors, etc.), a field has opened up within the last four years that is on the cusp of an explosive growth period: CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION IMPROVEMENT. Clinical documentation specialists work with physicians, coders, nurses, and administrators to make sure that documentation in the medical record is complete for a more accurate picture of severity of illness and risk of mortality (in other words, to make sure the patient looks as sick on paper as they do in real life). Capturing severity of illness and risk of mortality helps to improve their physician profiles and quality scores on sites such as HealthGrades so that they can continue to prosper during these difficult times when it has been estimated that as many as 20% of the hospitals and up to 26% of small medical practices (10 group members or less) will be forced to close their doors next year. Become a consultant and use that clinical knowledge that you have worked so hard to acquire, and make good money doing it. Learn the medical coding conventions and guidelines necessary on the job and during training. Excellent communication skills are a must! For more information, go to the YPRO Corporation website:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Choices 1 2 3

To make it easy here are the top four career choices for a FMG:

1- DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHY - DO - a 4 year degree - Read more at:

2- Physician Assistant - a 3 year course - Read more at: ""

3- Physical or occupational Therapist - Read more at:

4- Ultrasound or Echo cardiogram Technician - 9 month course

Saturday, December 26, 2009

TECHNICIAN: Respiratory Therapist

For more info on any of the job titles go to :

"Respiratory therapists—also known as respiratory care practitioners—evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. They consult with physicians and other healthcare staff to help develop and modify patient care plans. Therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals." Source website:

TECHNICIAN: Ultrasound and Echocardiogram Technician

9 month course and a reasonably rewarding career. One of my friend moved to Canada, as her USMLE scores were very low. She took some courses in Ultrasound and Echocardiogram and is now successfully working for a hospital.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

TECHNICIAN: Behavioral Health Technician

I have a wonderful opportunity to meet wonderful people almost every month.
Among those people are accomplished MD's, specialists, research scientists. I also come across one or two foreign medical graduates who followed a different path due to the very reason - this blog was created.
I met a behavioral health technician a few months ago, and found out that she passed USMLE step 1 and 2 but due to low scores can't do anything. She has been working as a behavioral health technician for the last 2 years and is happily surviving.
For more information visit:


This website is based out of UK, but the career titles give a rough idea to all those seeking
a path or future in health care industry.

PHARMACEUTICAL:Drug Safety Associate

I was visiting Rome, Italy this January for a meeting , and met a wonderful person.
He was a foreign Medical Graduate but had very low scores in both USMLE step 1 and 2.
He has been trying to get into residency programs all across USA for the last 3-4 years.
Finally, he landed a job as Drug Safety Associate with a Pharmaceutical company.
This job requires MD License sometimes but some companies are flexible.

TECHNICIAN: Laboratory Assistants

One of my friend - a foreign medical graduate tried USMLE 8 times and flunked 8 times.
He was working part time as Laboratory Assistant at a local Hospital lab, and had a family with children to take care of. I think lack of concentration and too much responsibility hurdled his success in USMLE.
But today after 6 years of struggle he is the Director of that Patho Lab and is very happy - Financially of course!!! and proudly tells everyone that everyone has his or her share in this world, given to him or her in different formats... just be patient.....

EDUCATION: Masters in Public Health

As the name implies - the field is Public health or Community Medicine as its called in foreign countries. Here again the opportunities are endless- there are several concentrations and then each field offers job opportunities. I did my masters in Public Health from SLU School Of Public Health
For more information visit the school website and go to current or prospective student section specifically designed by me for the students.
Career section has good information too:

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

EDUCATION: Physician Assistants

"Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They should not be confused with Medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks. (Medical assistants are discussed elsewhere in the Handbook.) PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x rays, and make diagnoses. They also treat minor injuries, by suturing, splinting, and casting. PAs record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy. In 48 States and the District of Columbia, physician assistants may prescribe some medications. In some establishments, a PA is responsible for managerial duties, such as ordering medical supplies or equipment and supervising technicians and assistants."

For salary information go to:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PHARMACEUTICAL: Research Assistant

Research assistant positions with the university or a school is another good option for foreign medical graduates who want to do something or get back into work force. Universities and schools in your state get grants for research - find out the names of the principal investigator and contact them for a research assistant opportunity.
Some non-profit organizatiuons such as :
American Cancer society also seek employees, you can apply there as well.


Accelerated bachelors of nursing courses are aslo available - these are 1 year courses and you can get a Regsitered nurse license. As a registered nurse the opportunities are endless.
RN are in high demand, the job titles range from a simple RN, to executive positions, management positions after a few years of experience. Some of the universities that offer accelerated BSN course are:
Saint Louis University, MO -

Monday, March 17, 2008

EDUCATION: Masters Health Administration

Masters in Health Administration - MHA
If you are interested in a management or leadership position in the hospital or healthcare clinic then MHA is right for you. There are several universities that offer this course, part time or full time. It takes upto 2 years to get a MHA. For more information go to: