Electronic Portfolio Cynthia Le

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Electronic Portfolio Cynthia Le

  1. 2. <ul><li>Tour of St. Joseph and St. Francis to become familiar with our surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>Security guards came and informed us where to park. </li></ul><ul><li>Our badges were made </li></ul><ul><li>Tuberculosis shots were given </li></ul><ul><li>We were taught what to do during our rotations in the OR. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to scrub in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maps and locker codes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior rules (keep things safe and sterile) </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Optometrist </li></ul><ul><li>This profession interests me because it has to do with vision and how the eye works. I think it is interesting how you can use technology to understand how well/bad someone’s vision is. An optometrist examines people’s eyes. They can diagnose vision problems and offer treatments for them. They also prescribe glasses and contacts. In order to gain acceptance into an optometry program the completion of college courses in english, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Applicants must take the O.A.T. (Optometry Admissions Test) and score a 320 or greater. Also required is ten hours of observation in an optometric practice. It takes four years to complete the optometry program. Working or spending time at an optometrist’s office, hospitals, or physician’s office would be work experience that would help get into an optometry program and find a position after education. Anything experience that would help familiarize themselves with the career would help. </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacist </li></ul><ul><li>My interest in medicine draws me to this profession. I am amazed by how medicine can greatly affect us. Pharmacist distribute prescription drugs. They mix the ingredients together to form the specific drug requested. They also inform patients dosages and side effects of the drug. For admission into a Pharm.D. program, the completion of two years of study must be completed. Usually the completion of the following classes: chemistry, biology, physics, and humanities courses. This program usually takes four years to complete. It is typical for a postgraduate training program to require a research project, and a practical working experience. Working as a pharmacy technician would be work experience that would help you get a position after education. To become a licensed pharmacist, one must take the P.C.A.T. (Pharmacist College Admissions Test). </li></ul><ul><li>Phlebotomists </li></ul><ul><li>This interests me because it teaches the basics of health care. A phlebotomist draws blood from people. In order to gain acceptance into a program a high school diploma, and good grades in math and science are required. Because of the new technology computer skills are valued upon. To complete the program you need to have 40 hours of practical training, 50 venipunctures, and 10 skin punctures. You need to be able to handle bodily fluids without discomfort. Training by a phlebotomy instructor well prepares you for a position as a phlebotomist. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Dr. Greg Reichenberger is currently a veterinarian working at the West Wichita Pet Clinic Inc. He graduated from Bishop Carroll in 1983. Four years later, he graduated from Newman University with a BS in chemistry, and a BA in biology. For anyone that wishes to pursue a career as a veterinarian, he recommended the following courses: Immunology, Anatomy and Physiology, Developmental Biology, Dairy Science, Poultry Science, Animal Science and Industry, Nutrition, and Western Horsemanship. Dr. Reichenberger also expressed the importance of taking business classes such as: Accounting, and The Basics of Business. It is essential that everyone know the basics of business because, no matter what career you choose, you will run into business issues later. There are many places to work after graduating and obtaining your license. Opening a private practice is one of the numerous options to choose from. Becoming a professor and teaching others about what you know. Government services, research and development, armed forces, and private employment (ranch) are also other options to choose from. Dr. Reichenberger had a young dream of becoming a veterinarian. Many people do not choose veterinary school because they are driven by money. Instead, the majority would choose to become a medical doctor or a dentist. Dr. Reichenberger achieved his dream. He could have chosen a profession that had a higher salary, but he chose to be a veterinarian because he loves it. This is very admirable and brave thing to do. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Dr. Bernadette seems like a person who really enjoys her job. She started off her lecture by presenting us with a short video. This video informed us of the many options nursing has to offer. It gave us positive feedback about the career. By choosing a career in nursing, we can better our lives. It is an admirable career and the knowledge that comes with it can help us in our everyday lives. The Journal of American Medical Association states “It is estimated that in 2020 there will be a shortage of 400,000 nurses.” A career in nursing is in demand and now is the time to get started on our careers. We can help ourselves by helping others. Dr. Bernadette suggested that we get as much education as we can. Even if the job we currently want does not need a higher education. In doing this you will have the option to move up to a higher position later in your career. When choosing a job, it is important that you not only look at the salary, but at the benefits. The benefits will also contribute to a large amount of money as time goes by. Newman University has developed a great reputation over the years. Newman has a high percentage of students that get accepted into medical school. They have classes of up to thirty- two people. These small classes allow professors to develop stronger relationships with their students. This strong relationship is a great advantage for Newman students. Students can get all of their questions answered which helps direct them towards their career. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Our lecture on Forensic Science was given by Shelly Stedman. Her speech grabbed my attention, there were many aspects of her job that were unknown to me. I was then educated on forensic DNA analysis in high profile casework. There are two areas you can work under, pathology, or the forensic science laboratories. In pathology, you could focus on forensic pathology, become a pathology assistant, or work on medical investigations. There are several different options you could choose to work for in the forensic science laboratory such as: toxicology, drug identification, trace evidence, firearms/ tool marks, and biology/ DNA. Toxicology deals with autopsies, one of the things they do is check for drug overdose. Those that specialize in firearms and tool marks try to match bullets with their guns. They also identify the object by the marks they make. Biology/ DNA match DNA with, for example, saliva on a pop can. She showed us a picture of her trying to find blood sample on a rug that was found in a lake. Usually their customers are policeman and lawyers. It would be tough for someone with a weak stomach to handle this job. The smell can be very strong due to the deceased bodies and found evidence. “If I were to bring a deceased toe nail in here, everyone would flee the room.” She worked on the case of BTK, the infamous murderer now discovered as Dennis Rader. People called in 1500 BTK suspects. They were supposed to collect DNA from them to cancel them out as suspects. They knocked on their door and asked for mouth swabs. If they refused, then they would have to go through their garbage to find anything with their DNA on it, for example pop cans, razors, and cigarettes. BTK sent in a disk, they found “Dennis, Christ Lutheran Church, and Park City Public Library” on the disk. After finding this he was soon caught. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>“ Be involved, become well rounded, because that’s the kind of doctor they will look for,” said Dr. McCarthy as he described what optometry schools look for. Our speaker was optometrist, Dr. Tom McCarthy. He has been an optometrist for twenty-one years. After he graduated from college he spent four years in optometry school. He first became interested in the profession because of his personal experiences with optometrist as child. Dr. McCarthy has dealt with bad eye problems since his youth. When he was younger he had a lot of positive experiences with optometrists. Optometrist can prescribe medications, but only those for the eye. In the 1980’s, optometrists were not allowed to treat glaucoma, but they can now. Contrary to many beliefs, optometrists spend the majority of their time dealing with pathology, instead of things like contacts and glasses. One of his patients, a young girl, had to get a fake eye because she had accidently cut her eye with a knife. Another girl came in with glaucoma, she seemed normal. However, when they checked her eye pressure the result came out to be thirty. The eye pressure should be twenty or below. In another case, a girl with bad eye sight came in for a checkup. He had found that there was a lot of built up pressure in her brain. If this was found any later, it could have resulted in brain damage. Optometrists can work in several different environments. They can choose to open their own private practice. Or they could work in education, hospitals, military, research, or a corporate setting like Lenscrafters. The military offers good benefits because you would be working for the government. You should get involved, this will help you relate to others well. Learn to deal with all kinds of people. Everyone needs to go the optometrist, so this brings about a variety of personalities. Anyone who plans to pursue this career needs to obtain a science degree in chemistry and biology. The OAT is the standardize test usually during one’s junior year. The MCAT if the medial school standardize test that also needs to be taken. It is important that you get to know your instructors. It is helpful to have good recommendations to help you get into the school of your choosing. Grade point average is also important when applying to these schools. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>&quot;If you make money your number one goal, your life will be miserable,&quot; said Dr. Mark Troilo, a dentist working in Rose hill. Four thousand students studying dentistry graduate every year. This number is decreasing, it used to be six thousand a year. Keep in mind that 10% of those graduates are foreign and leave America to practice in their home country. More people are leaving dentistry than coming in, which is unfortunate because tooth decay is currently on the rise. This may come as no surprise due to the amount of junk food being consumed and the lack of water intake. People tend to gravitate more towards sugary foods like candy and soda pop. &quot;Who here is thinking about a career in medicine? Well I can reassure you that dentistry is better than medicine,&quot; said Dr. Troilo as he explained the positives of dentistry. Dentistry provides a good income, and has good hours, which would give you more time to spend with your family. The general physician income is dropping, and the income for dentists is rising. Those who choose a career in medicine have to work more hours with a smaller income. Dental hygienists mostly consist of women. They have a better salary than nurses and their hours are more flexible. However, women do not work as much as men do. Women are usually busy raising families. Seventy five percent of Americans have a third party paying their bills. However, dentists only have 10% or less. If you were to decrease your fees by 20%, then you would have to do four times more work. &quot;They treat you like crap, and make you miserable,&quot; said Dr. Troilo referring to the instructors at dentistry schools. Before you pursue a career in dentistry, there are a few things you should prepare yourself for. Dentistry is the number one profession of substance abuse, and has the highest divorce rate. There is more to life than making money. If you choose a career based on salary, you could end up being wealthy but still unhappy. Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to hate what you do? Dr. Troilo believes that everyone is created equal, but those who work hard deserve more. You have to love what you do. Salary should not be your main focus, your career should make you happy. In order to find true happiness you should get your priorities in order, God comes first, family second, and work third. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>This week my rotation was at the NCCU, which is the Neurological Critical Care Unit. The patient i saw had a stroke, during surgery she had something removed from her brain. The patient had to be sedated to keep her calm so that her blood pressure lowers. They used propafol to sedate her. This is the same drug that was used improperly on Michael Jackson. On the second day, I saw a patient who was just pronounced brain dead. I learned about all the tests they performed to confirm if he was brain dead. They put pressure above your eyes, check your gag reflex, pour water in your ears to see if your eyes fluxuate, lower your oxygen level to see if you start breathing heavily, and check to see if your pupils are uneven. If there is no reaction to these, then that means the patient is brain dead. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>I spent my rotation at the PICU. On my first day I went around reading all of the charts of the current patients. The majority of them have been there for a couple of days. One of the patients was 8 months old. Everytime she ate she would vomit soon after her feeding. She had recurring apnea. This is dangerous because she could possibly vomit and choke. There was also fear that she would get it in her lungs. </li></ul><ul><li>On my second day I only saw one patient. This patient was also 8 months old. she was taken in because she has been having seizures lately. She was taken to the ER twice last week. I witnessed one of her seizures, it was so sad. Her eyes rolled in the back of her head, her body became stiff and she started to shake uncontrollably. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>My rotation was at the OR. On the first day, I saw a debrising of an ulcer. The guy got in a car accident and was paralyzed from the waste down. He didn't get enough blood circulation on his butt, so the tissue on his butt died. The doctor said it was mummified tissue. His skin had lost all of its color, it was black. It smelled so bad! I watched them carved the dead tissue out of his butt. It was probably the grossest thing I've ever seen. </li></ul><ul><li>My second day was better. I saw a patient who was getting a tumor removed from his spine. He cut open his side and I got to see his spine. I saw all of his guts! I think they pulled out one of his ribs, that was insane! I heard the snap when he pulled it out. It was really exciting! </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>This week I was at the ER. On my first day, I didn't see much. The majority of the patients I saw had to get a CT scan. So I spent a lot of time in radiology. </li></ul><ul><li>I got to see more on my second day. There was a man with down syndrome who kept coughing up blood. They put in a breathing tube, and took and x ray to make sure the tube didn't go down too far. </li></ul><ul><li>Then another patient came in, this woman was hallucinating, if I didn't know any better I'd think she was crazy. She wouldn't stop yelling and screaming for like 15 minutes. It took 8 people to restrain her when she came in. She said things that did not even make sense like &quot;I'm dyslexic, I can't hurt you.&quot; Then she started crying and said &quot;You will never know what it is like to be left handed!&quot; Then she started speaking gibberish, it reminded me of a horror movie when people get possessed. So it was an interesting day. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>I was in the OR at St. Joseph. I saw two surgeries today, both had to do with the colon. In the first surgery they were connecting parts of the colon together, this is because of her complications with her previous colonoscopy. In the second surgery they removed part of the colon because of a cancerous tumor. They let me hold it and I felt the tumor. </li></ul><ul><li>The second day there was only one surgery going on. I watched them use the robot. This lady had a cist in her uterus, they went in and removed it. It only took the doctor 20 minutes to remove it. They let me hold the uterus. Then they stitched her up </li></ul>
  13. 25. <ul><li>We travel to several different elementary schools to teach the proper way to wash your hands. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of these presentations is to teach young children the importance of washing your hands and brushing your teeth. </li></ul>
  14. 26. <ul><li>This presentation requires each group to.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create and perform a skit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sing a song </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a poster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach the importance of hygiene </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate a simulation of germs </li></ul></ul>
  15. 30. <ul><li>I will be attending Wichita State University for one year. Then I will go to Kansas University. </li></ul><ul><li>I currently plan to become a physician specializing in something, although I am not quite sure what yet. </li></ul>
  16. 31. <ul><li>I feel that my participation in the Health Academy has given me a good insight of the medical field. Through this program I got to see what a typical day is like for various different health professions. It helped me learn what careers I like and dislike. I now have many experiences that few teenagers hold. It puts me one step ahead of everyone else. I am grateful for this program and fortunate that it was available to me. </li></ul>

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