Where would you go if you twisted your ankle ice skating, broke your
arm doing acrobatics on the jungle gym, or fell off a whirling, twirling
merry go round? Well, you would probably visit the Emergency Room, and if
the injury was serious enough, an ambulance might even come for you. The
emergency room, or E.R., is a very intricate place where doctors, emergency
medical technicians, nurses, and paramedics all work together to help it
be very efficient in prompt patient care. After a stunning ride in a very
fast ambulatory vehicle, you, your parents, and your broken arm will all
be deposited in the admitting area. All around you, you might see seriously
injured patients resuscitated to life, or miracle surgeries being performed
From the large waiting room, you might forget the pain and marvel at the doctors and nurses. After a while, you will be taken into an examining room, where the doctor will examine your arm, and later you will be taken to the X-ray department to learn the degree of severity of the fracture. After carefully studying the X-ray, the doctor will take you to an adjoining cast room, where the broken bone can be set and the cast will be applied.
The E.R. also has a trauma room where severely injured cases are handled. You may hear a lot of commotion as doctors and E.R. technicians are trying vigorously to start someone's heart with electrocardial paddles. There are also observation beds for patients who need to stay in the emergency room for many hours.
After the bone in your arm is set, you are probably feeling a little better, and certainly enjoy all the attention you are getting. You begin to be your usual bubbly self again, and are very interested in the E.R. and the doctors and nurses, and have made up your mind to go into the medical field. After asking a few technicians about what they do, you go home, and sit down to the computer searching for web sites, while typing with only one hand, that describe the fascinating world of medicine. Here's where you can look........
...Good Medicine Online
The Heart: An Online Exploration
John Hopkins Department of 001 Biomedical Engineering
University of California Davis Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Visible Human Project
Health & Fitness Worldguide
The Lawson Research Institute
Graduate Hopsital Imaging Cnter
Imagination Station Science Museum
Medical Reseach Councle Human Genetics Unit Mouse Atlas
Kids Web-Biology and Life Sciences
W &W Books: Anatomy
WAMS Department of Anatomy Gross Anatomy
Anatomy and Cell Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine
Excite NetDirectory: Body Human
Of course you have a lot of growing up to do before thinking of what profession your life is likely to follow, but in the medical field, quite a bit of preparing for the future can be done. In high school, science classes such as biology, zoology, human anatomy, genetics, and organic chemistry are a good basis for the upcoming college courses. These classes are more advanced and in-depth. After 4 years of college which incorporates premedical training, a suitable medical school needs to be chosen. There are 126 medical schools in the United States. Again, you turn to the Internet and look for web sites where you find information on them at.....
After another 4 years of intense training in the fascinating world of medicine, you are ready to choose the speciality you will spend your life practicing.
1. Podiatrist- Health professional responsible for the examination,
diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and care of condition and function of
the human foot.
2. Rheumatologist- A physician who specializes in treating acute and chronic inflammation, soreness, and stiffness of muscles and pain in the joints.
3. Pediatrician- A doctor specializing in treating diseases afflicting children.
4. Orthopedist- A doctor who deals in correction of disorders involving the structures of the body that provide locomotion such as the skeleton, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
5. Cardiologist- A physician specialized in the treatment of heart diseases.
6. Nephrologist- A doctor who deals with and treats diseases of the kidneys.
7. Radiologist- A physician who practices diagnosis and treatment by the use of radiant energy, or X-Ray.
8. Oncologist- A doctor who specializes in treatment of tumors and cancers.
9. Neurologist- A physician who specializes in diseases of the nervous system and the brain.
10. Physiotherapist- Doctors who specialize in treatment by physical and mechanical means such as massage or electricity, not by the use of drugs.
11. Urologist- A doctor who deals with disease of the urine and urogenital tract.
12. Pathologist- Physician who studies the nature and cause of disease, which involves changes in structure and function in the body.
13. Gynecologist- Doctor who specializes in studying diseases of the female reproductive organs.
14. Anesthesiologist- A physician specializing in the administration and use of anesthetics. Anesthetics are used in surgery to put the patient to sleep, and help in the loss of bodily sensation so pain is not felt.
15. Pharmacologist- Doctor who is specialized in the study and application of drugs, and their nature, properties, and effects upon humans.
16. Audiologist- A specialist in the evaluation, and rehabilitation of people with disorders of hearing function.
17. Dermatologist- Physician who specializes in the treatment of skin disease.
18. Otolaryngologist- A doctor specialized in treating diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.
19. Endocrinologist- A medical scientist skilled in the study of internal secretions and hormones, and the study of ductless glands.
20. Gastroenterologist- Doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the digestive system and alimentary canal.
21. Ophthalmologist- Medical physician who specializes in the treatment of eye disease, and the correction of vision problems.
22. Hematologist- Physician who specializes in the study of the blood and blood forming tissues.
23. Geneticist- Doctor who specializes in the study of heredity, its variation, and inherited diseases.
24. Phlebotomist- Although this person is not a doctor, they are technicians who draw blood with the use of a syringe and needle.
25. Psychiatrist- Doctor also known as a "shrink" who deals with mental diseases and prescribing medicines to over come them.
26. Obstetrician- Physician who specializes in the study of the embryological and fetal stages, and assists the mother in birth of the child, whether it be by natural or Caesarean birth.
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