Maddie Rudd’s
Electronic Portfolio
Introduction to St. Gianna Health
              Academy


 This program consists of high
 school students from Kapaun
   M...
Orientation       During the first few weeks of
                Health Academy, my class was
               instructed in ...
Orientation Continued
        After learning the basic
         regulations for Health
    Academy, we learned what we
   ...
Hand Washing Presentations

 We gave hand washing presentations
    to children in grades kindergarten
 through fourth gra...
Career Voyage

When one is determining what career to go into it is best to start early.
It is good to take the main cours...
Entry Level- Health Care Career
            Options

Certified Medical
Assistant
Certified Nurse
Assistant
Phlebotomist
Long Term – Health Care Career
           Options
A Pharmacist work around the medication
 that will make an individual be...
Long Term – Health Care Career
        Options Continued
Physicians and Surgeons get to be significantly involved with the...
Long Term – Health Care Career
           Options
           A Physician Assistant get to work with physicians and
       ...
Salary Calculator

The base salary of a pharmacist is on average $104,807. The total
average salary is $142,481. 41.94% ha...
Professional Thank You Letters
February 24, 2010
ATTN: Shelia Knoefel
BICU
St. Francis Campus
929 North Saint Francis Stre...
Professional Thank You Letter
March 3, 2010
ATTN: Bobbi Carriger
PICU
St. Francis Campus
929 North Saint Francis Street
  ...
Professional Thank You Letter
March 10, 2010
ATTN: Ruth Hommertzheim
OR
St. Francis Campus
929 North Saint Francis Street
...
Professional Thank You Letter
April 8, 2010
ATTN: Carol Cowart
Rehab Services
St. Francis Campus
929 North Saint Francis S...
Professional Thank You Letter
ATTN: Bobbi Carriger
Labor and Delivery
St. Joseph Campus
3600 E. Harry
Wichita, KS 67218

A...
Hand Made Thank You Letters
Hand Made Thank You Letters
Hand Made Thank You Letter
Hand Made Thank You Letter
Hand Made Thank You Letter
Mentor Forms




Week 1 Rotation – Heart Cath Lab
Mentor Form




  Week 2 Rotation – 7SE
Mentor Form




Week 12 Rotation – Rehab Services
Mentor Form




 Week 13 Rotation - CCU
Mentor Form




Week 8 Rotation - PICU
Rotation
                          Reflection
Week 8 Rotations
This week at rotations I was at the Pediatric Intensive Car...
Rotation
                                                         Reflections
Week 9 Rotation
This rotation has been my fa...
Rotation Reflection
Week 11 Rotation
I was at the ER this week of rotation. The first day I followed around Cody. The firs...
Rotation
                           Reflection
Week 12 Rotation
This week of rotations I was at rehab services. The first ...
Rotation
                                            Reflection

Week 14 Rotation
I was at Labor and Delivery Unit this we...
Speakers- Dr. Diana Crook
 When Dr. Diana Crook presented herself as a physician, I was very enthusiastic to hear what she...
Speaker- Clint Stucky
“Occupational Therapy turns disability into ability.” Clint Stucky is the Program Director of the
  ...
Speaker-Dr. Greg Reichenberger
“You can be the worst doctor, but personality will sell you,” said Dr. Greg Reichenberger. ...
Speaker-Shelly Stedman
Shelly Stedman is a Forensic DNA Analysis in high profile casework. During her lecture, she
    bri...
Speaker- Dr. McCarthy
Dr. McCarthy has been practicing optometry for 21 years. He graduated from Newman University with
  ...
Cover Letter
Maddie Rudd
maddierudd@hotmail.com

Human Resources
929 N Saint Francis St.
Wichita, KS 67214-3882

April 19,...
Maddie Rudd
                                              Resume
maddierudd@hotmail.com


Objective: To obtain an entry le...
Resume Cont.
Computer Skills
Microsoft Word
PowerPoint
Microsoft Excel
Internet

Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitat...
References
Misty Marley
Volunteer Services
929 N. Saint Francis St.
Wichita, KS 67214

Denise Clarke-Hang
Health Academy P...
Career Paper Summary
“What distinguishes pediatrics from other branches of medicine is the notion
  that children are our ...
Future Plans

I plan to attend Wichita State University
in the Fall of 2010. My intended major
is still undetermined; howe...
Final Contemplation

Overall, the program was an excellent experience. It
allowed me to explore healthcare careers in a ne...
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  1. 1. Maddie Rudd’s Electronic Portfolio
  2. 2. Introduction to St. Gianna Health Academy This program consists of high school students from Kapaun Mount Carmel and Bishop Carroll. They work with Newman University and the Via Christi Hospital. Students are able to discover various health professions by shadowing units and researching careers in healthcare.
  3. 3. Orientation During the first few weeks of Health Academy, my class was instructed in several areas. Many speakers came and spoke with us. Being in a work force, we were taught we were held to high professional standards such as HIPAA and medical ethics. We were instructed how to dress appropriately, where to park, how to scrub in at the OR, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, we were given tours of St. Joseph and St. Francis, so we would know where the units were for our weekly rotations.
  4. 4. Orientation Continued After learning the basic regulations for Health Academy, we learned what we would be doing weekly. Weekly we have classroom time, go on rotations twice a week, for 8 weeks had a class at Newman University, and various other projects. Some projects included hand washing presentations, learning how to use medical equipment, and visiting the zoo to take the heart rate of animals.
  5. 5. Hand Washing Presentations We gave hand washing presentations to children in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Teaching them how to wash their hands, we used skits, posters, songs, and interactive demonstrations. It created a fun learning environment. The children were always enthusiastic to see us enter their classroom and were intrigued by what we had to teach.
  6. 6. Career Voyage When one is determining what career to go into it is best to start early. It is good to take the main courses such as math and science, figure out what you are interested in, and learn about various careers. In order to insure a successful future in that career, it is a good idea to make sure the industry is growing, the technology is advancing, and they are economically vital to society. Beginning early on is an important step in shaping one's future. Education is a vital necessity for a future career. It will give one the knowledge and skills to get started on the right path. Also, it is important to know what employers are looking for in an employee. Being prepared will help secure one's future. The more one is educated the more he or she will be rewarded in the long run. Statistics show that those who are a college graduate earn twice as much as those who have a high school diploma. I believe that knowing early on will help one to help take those steps to a successful future and one he or she will be happy in.
  7. 7. Entry Level- Health Care Career Options Certified Medical Assistant Certified Nurse Assistant Phlebotomist
  8. 8. Long Term – Health Care Career Options A Pharmacist work around the medication that will make an individual better and they help diagnosis the patient. In order to get a license, pharmacists must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a college of pharmacy as well as pass examinations. An applicant must have completed at least two years of specific study in order to be admitted into a college of pharmacy. It includes courses in mathematics and natural sciences. Also, most have completed at least three years at a college or university, however this is not required. Pharmacy degree programs usually take four years to complete. The courses include learning about drug therapy, how to communicate with patients and other healthcare providers, drug information, and patient care. Also, students spend time working with licensed pharmacists in order to get experience (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos081.htm).
  9. 9. Long Term – Health Care Career Options Continued Physicians and Surgeons get to be significantly involved with the patient by performing surgeries or diagnosing them. Even though the hours are long and irregular, one would be able to work with a diverse group of people and cases. Education in order to become a physician or surgeon is extensive four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and up to eight years of internship and residency, depending on the specialty. Some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience with health careers. Entry into medical school requires at least three years of college, some health-related experience, and Medical College Admission Test. Some applicants, also, have at least a bachelor degree. Acceptance is highly competitive. After medical school, almost all M.Ds enter a residency usually in a hospital. After graduation, D.O.s serve a 12-month rotating internship and before entering a residency. All physicians and surgeons must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination in order to be a certified physician or surgeon (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos081.htm).
  10. 10. Long Term – Health Care Career Options A Physician Assistant get to work with physicians and surgeons. They work with these groups of people, however, work less hours and are not as stressed. The requirements in order to get into a program to study the career vary. Most require a college degree and health-related work experience. Requirements for completion of a program for a PA include classroom education, previous health-related experience, serve under the supervision of a PA, and passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. Educational programs take at least two years to complete. Most programs are at schools of academic health centers, medical schools, or 4-year colleges. Education may consist of, but is not limited to biochemistry, pathology, human anatomy, physiology, clinical pharmacology, and supervised clinical training. Some previous experience includes registered nurses, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. To remain a certified PA one must complete 100 hours of medical education every 2 years. Every 6 years, they must pass an examination or complete an alternative program (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos081.htm).
  11. 11. Salary Calculator The base salary of a pharmacist is on average $104,807. The total average salary is $142,481. 41.94% have a JD, MD, or PHD. The ranges in salaries are $94,594 to $115,496. The base salary of a surgeon is on average $284,834. The total average salary is $354,462. 89.69% have a JD, MD, or PHD. The ranges in salaries are $218,136 to $392,951. The base salary of a physician assistant on average is $82,184. The total average salary is $112,986. 67.67% have a Bachelor or a MBA degree. The ranges in salary are $68,354 to $97,765.
  12. 12. Professional Thank You Letters February 24, 2010 ATTN: Shelia Knoefel BICU St. Francis Campus 929 North Saint Francis Street Wichita, KS 67214-3821 Dear BICU, I would like to take the time to thank you for allowing me to shadow the Burn Unit. It was a very interesting learning experience one that I will not forget. I believe that shadowing this unit helped me to figure out whether or not this is an area I am fascinated by. Watching the nurses change the bandages of a patient on the first day, I was intrigued by how they worked with the patient. They were calm and collected. Also, they informed the patient of what was going on. I believe it takes a special kind of nurse to work with patients who have wounds or burns. They have to know to handle the patient carefully as well as have patience. In addition, it was fascinating to see how nurses deal with different types of people especially with the trauma they had been through. In conclusion, seeing a patient who lost a lot of skin and limbs made me realize what people can deal with. It is amazing that nurses are able to give them hope while comforting their families. Once again I thank you for this experience. God bless and best regards. Sincerely, Maddie Rudd
  13. 13. Professional Thank You Letter March 3, 2010 ATTN: Bobbi Carriger PICU St. Francis Campus 929 North Saint Francis Street Wichita, KS 67214-3821 Dear PICU, I would like to take the time to thank you for allowing me to shadow the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Watching the nurses attentively provide care for their patients was very moving. The experience I got from this unit is one I will not forget. In addition, shadowing this unit has helped me to discover how one day I would like to work with children in the medical field. While on the first day of my rotation, I saw a younger patient who seemed to be struggling to live. It was very touching how the nurses worked with her in spite of her current condition. Also, it is very moving how the nurses pay close attention, act, and talk to there patients. Even though some are very small and can not talk, they still communicate with them. On the second day of rotation, I saw a toddler who had meth in his system. It was sad to see how the child acted due to this. The nurse was very professional in working with this child. She showed him genuine care and helped him work through the side effects of the drug. In conclusion, both days were very great experiences and the nurses made it a wonderful environment to be around. I learned a lot about how child care is different from that of an adult. Once again thank you for the great learning experience. Best regards and God bless. Sincerely, Maddie Rudd
  14. 14. Professional Thank You Letter March 10, 2010 ATTN: Ruth Hommertzheim OR St. Francis Campus 929 North Saint Francis Street Wichita, KS 67214-3821 Dear OR, I would like to take this time to thank you for allowing me to shadow the OR unit. It has been the best learning experience for me. Surgery is one of the areas I am most interested in. Being able to go to this unit, I developed a greater enthusiasm for it. Seeing a triple bypass heart surgery was very exciting for me. The heart is the organ that fascinates me the most. I was able to understand and apply my previous knowledge during this procedure. It helped me comprehend what I have learned into real life situations. It was amazing to see the heart pump blood through the body. Also, it was amazing to see the lungs inflate and deflate when the patient was given oxygen. The orthopedic surgery I saw was also interesting to see. I felt it very beneficial to me to see two different surgeries. Once again I would like to thank you for giving me this extraordinary experience. Everyone was very kind and I felt very welcomed by all the staff. It was an experience I will never forget. God bless and best regards! Sincerely, Maddie Rudd
  15. 15. Professional Thank You Letter April 8, 2010 ATTN: Carol Cowart Rehab Services St. Francis Campus 929 North Saint Francis Street Wichita, KS 67214-3821 Dear Rehab Services, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to shadow your unit. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. It was fascinating to see what a physical and occupational therapist do up close. It will be a learning experience that I will never forget. Working with all ages from infants to adults, therapists strive to make their patient gain independence. It was amazing to see how the therapists work with different age groups. My favorite aspect of therapy was pediatrics. It is incredible to see someone so young, yet they act if nothing is wrong. One patient was particularly moving. She did not talk, but she still expressed her emotions with her actions and her smile. Overall the experience in this unit was a very memorable one. I learned a lot about therapists as well as aspects of anatomy that therapists deal with. Once again I thank you for allowing me to shadow your unit. Best Regards. Sincerely, Maddie Rudd
  16. 16. Professional Thank You Letter ATTN: Bobbi Carriger Labor and Delivery St. Joseph Campus 3600 E. Harry Wichita, KS 67218 April 22, 2010 Dear Labor and Delivery, I would like to take this time to thank you for allowing me to shadow the Labor and Delivery unit. It was a very good learning experience. I believe it was very beneficial to see the happier side of a hospital. Even though the first day was not as exciting as my second, I felt I still learned a lot. The nurse was very good at explaining the procedures before and after labor. She taught me how to read when the patient was having contractions and how they charted each detail. The second day I got to see a birth. It was a very amazing experience. To see how medical personnel and the family acted, I felt it was very moving. Once again I would like to thank you for giving me this extraordinary opportunity. Everyone was very kind and I felt very welcomed by all the staff. It was an experience I will never forget. God bless and best regards! Sincerely, Maddie Rudd
  17. 17. Hand Made Thank You Letters
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  22. 22. Mentor Forms Week 1 Rotation – Heart Cath Lab
  23. 23. Mentor Form Week 2 Rotation – 7SE
  24. 24. Mentor Form Week 12 Rotation – Rehab Services
  25. 25. Mentor Form Week 13 Rotation - CCU
  26. 26. Mentor Form Week 8 Rotation - PICU
  27. 27. Rotation Reflection Week 8 Rotations This week at rotations I was at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The first day I followed around a nurse who was on orientation for that unit. She had two patients. One patient was only a few months old. The patient was born with hydrocephalus which is when too much water or spinal fluid is in the head. In addition to this, the patient was born with clubbed feet and cleft and palate. Her hydrocephalus led her to have shunt. This is where a tube is placed in the patient from the head to the stomach, so the body can absorb the excess fluid. The other patient had a respiratory infection, but I did not get to see this patient. The second day I was with another nurse. She had only one patient. Her patient had been brought in because he started to have seizures after he hit his head. The patient also had meth in his system. It was different and sad to see someone so young seeing hallucinations and tripping out. With the sign of a drug in the patients system, the police were involved and the mother was questioned. It was debatable to as whether the patient was going to be placed in police protective care. While with both of these nurses, I mainly watched them chart and keep a keen eye on their patients.
  28. 28. Rotation Reflections Week 9 Rotation This rotation has been my favorite by far! I was in the OR. The first day was my favorite surgery. I got to see an open heart surgery more specifically a triple bypass. The veins were taken from the patient’s leg and placed in the heart to bypass clotted veins. I did not get to see the beginning of the surgery, but I got to see more than half of it. I really did not know much of what was going on, because the nurse was across the room during the procedure. It was interesting to see the heart pump the blood as well as the machine. In addition, I saw the lungs inflate and deflate when the patient was given oxygen. It was amazing to see this happen! The second day was not as exciting as the first. I got to see an orthopedic surgery. The patient had been in a car crash and both sides of his pelvis were shattered. The surgeon placed rods into his abdomen with pins. The rods were left in and were sticking out of his abdomen on both sides. A rod then connected the two rods on the outside of his body. The patient will have to keep the rods for at least 6 weeks. Also, every few minutes x-rays were taken to see the location of the rods and pins. In addition, I also saw a laparoscopy. The patient previously had a hysterectomy and several other laparoscopies. She was having abdominal pain, so that is why they were doing a laparoscopy. During the procedure, they found several adhesions due to scar tissue. The surgeon cut this away from the abdomen wall in hopes this will get rid of the patient’s pain.
  29. 29. Rotation Reflection Week 11 Rotation I was at the ER this week of rotation. The first day I followed around Cody. The first patient I saw was in for pain in her hand. She had a cast on it, so the physician thought that may have something to do with it. They split her cast bilaterally to relieve pressure. Another patient I saw was having an allergic reaction to cough drops. Her tongue was swelled up huge in her mouth, so she could barely talk. The second day was more exciting. I was in triage. I watched them evaluate patients that were first coming into the ER. One patient came in with a deep cut in his thumb, so it was almost cut off completely. Another patient had cut his finger with a steak knife opening toy for his child. Many of the people that came in could have gone to the doctor. They had simple things like a cough, earache, or running nose. I got to see several psyche patients come. One of the patients went there after saying they wanted to commit suicide in an AA meeting. Another patient was an alcoholic. The other patient had an addiction to medication such as Loratab; he was trying to come off of. Overall the ER was an amazing experience, because I got to see a wide variety of people.
  30. 30. Rotation Reflection Week 12 Rotation This week of rotations I was at rehab services. The first day I followed around a Physical Therapist Assistant named Shelly. Her first patient did not show up, so I got to see a Lymphedemia Therapist. Her patient had lympthedemia in his legs. This is abnormal swelling, because lymph nodes can not circuit fluid properly. I watched the therapist assess his legs and redress them, because they are compressed by bandages. After seeing that patient, I followed Shelly around again. The patient I saw with her was an elderly man. He had had hip surgery and was trying to rebuild up strength. The second day was my favorite. I followed around an Occupational Therapist named Jan. She was working in the pediatric part of therapy. The first patient had hydrocephalus and was born without part of his cerebellum. They worked with him to develop trunk strength. The second patient is thought to have Autism. She did not talk at all except made occasional noises. The therapist moved her around on a scooter, had her color, and play with a magnet doll. The final patient was a younger girl who was being evaluated to see if she needed OT. She seemed to work well with the therapist a lot, but she seemed to have problem with imitation.
  31. 31. Rotation Reflection Week 14 Rotation I was at Labor and Delivery Unit this week. The first day I did not really see a lot. I watched a nurse assess a patient who was in labor. She explained to me how they monitor the baby’s heart beat and the contractions. Unfortunately, by the time I had to leave she was ready to have her baby. The second day was slow at first. Luckily, I got to see a vaginal delivery though. I watched the doctors take care of the mother. Then I watched the charge nurse take care of the new born. It was touching to see how everyone reacted. Afterwards, I watched a lady that was in PSU get a sonogram.
  32. 32. Speakers- Dr. Diana Crook When Dr. Diana Crook presented herself as a physician, I was very enthusiastic to hear what she had to say. I am very interested in becoming a physician myself, so her story was beneficial to me. She stated, “I am going to give you a perspective of what you can do if you desire it.” Not only did she discuss her life during schooling, but also after and how medicine has affected her life. Dr. Crook’s mother influenced her to be apart of the healthcare profession. During a time were most mothers did not work, her mother was a nurse. She felt she would become a nurse too, because of this. Her mother, however, encouraged her to strive higher and become a physician. Dr. Crook’s mother was a person who “Told what to do, and was not told what to do.” With this she sought the career of being a physician. The first time she applied to medical school she did not make it in. The second time, however, she did. “One must know what he or she wants to do. I always knew I wanted to be a family physician and have a family,” stated Dr. Crook. She knew what she wanted and was dedicated to it. These qualities will help one succeed. Along the way of medical school, she was faced with many challenges for example she had a baby her second year of medical school. Even though the struggle was difficult with her dedication she was able to pull through. After medical school she did her residency at the St. Joseph Residency Program. Striving to be a family physician, she had to be able to treat everything. If one does not know everything in a specific area, however, they can refer their patients so someone who does specialize in that area. “What you know well and what you don’t know well,” stated Dr. Crook. One has to be able to know when they have to refer their patient to a specialist. While a practicing physician, she has to balance married life and her job. To help with this she hired a physician’s assistant. A practicing Catholic, she dealt with the troubles of deciding whether or not to become a Natural Family Planning Physician. Deciding to become a NFP, she went to Omaha, Nebraska to get trained in healthcare for women. Today she has felt she has obtained an abundant amount of knowledge by helping women and couples. “I have strong convictions and morals in what I practice now,” stated Dr. Crook. In conclusion, Dr. Crook’s words gave me a perspective into how a women doctor balances a family and her job. I am hoping to do the same in the future, so knowing it can be done is uplifting. In addition, her being a practicing Catholic doctor is also inspiring for me to remember if I become a physician in the future. “If it’s what you want, go for it,” said Dr. Crook.
  33. 33. Speaker- Clint Stucky “Occupational Therapy turns disability into ability.” Clint Stucky is the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Newman University. Through a PowerPoint presentation he gave us insight into what Occupational Therapy Assistants do, how they are different for Physical Therapists, and where they work. OTA’s help people who have physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and developmental disabilities. Physical disabilities include those who may have been in an accident. Injuries which may need occupational therapy include a stroke, head injury, or spinal cord injury. Psychiatric disabilities include mental illness. Developmental disabilities include Down syndrome, ADHD, and autism. They are concerned with helping those in self-care, work, or play. Being able to do daily duties on there owns is the goal of Occupational Therapists. An Occupation Therapist is different from that than a Physical Therapist. Physical Therapists are concerned with the area inferior to the naval. They mainly help others to walk. Occupational Therapists are concerned with the area superior to the naval. They are concerned with the arms and hands. A person uses their arms and hands daily for duties such as cooking and personal care. Both help a person gain a sense of independence. Being an Occupational Therapist Assistant one can work in a hospital, nursing home, school, or a home. Salary varies in the environment one works in. The average salary, however, is $45,000 per year. An OTA has to work under a Registered Occupational Therapist. In order to become registered, a master’s degree is required. Overall I felt this lecture gave me more insight into what therapists do. It helped me understand the distinction between an Occupational and Physical Therapist. In addition, it helped me see what a typical class would be life if I was interested in this field.
  34. 34. Speaker-Dr. Greg Reichenberger “You can be the worst doctor, but personality will sell you,” said Dr. Greg Reichenberger. Dr. Reichenberger is a veterinarian. He owns his own animal practice named West Wichita Pet Clinic, Inc. He first started off his lecture by introducing his dog. I believe it was beneficial that he brought his dog along. It helped to show his love for animals, a quality that veterinarians should have. Another important quality he pointed out one must have is people communication skills. Animals can not communicate to the vet their problems; a person has to do so. The vet talks with the owner in order to get information about the animal, so they can treat him or her. After introducing himself and his dog, he presented a slideshow. His first few slides were about his background. He graduated from Newman University in 1987 with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry and Biology. In 1971, he graduated from Kansas State University Veterinarian School. Finally in 1996, he opened his animal practice. “Follow around a veterinarian to get experience.” Not only does this advice allow an individual to make sure it is the career they want to pursue, but also it will help them gain further education of the career. Some addition advice he gave was regarding classes to take these include Immunology, Anatomy, Developmental Biology, Dairy Science, Poultry Science, Animal Science and Industry, Nutrition, and Western Horsemanship. Also, he suggested taking business classes such as Accounting, Research and Development, and Private Employment. “When one has a dream stay with it,” said Dr. Reichenberger. He had always thought he was going to become a medical doctor; however, he wanted to work with animals. He pursued the career of becoming a vet and believes it is very rewarding for him, because of the people interaction. “Observe, observe, and observe what is wrong with the patient.” He closed his speech by saying that was the biggest part of being a veterinarian.
  35. 35. Speaker-Shelly Stedman Shelly Stedman is a Forensic DNA Analysis in high profile casework. During her lecture, she briefly described different careers in Forensic Science. In addition, she described what DNA is and how she explains it in court. Wrapping up her lecture, she went into detail about education and important qualities for the job. With in Forensic Science there are three main fields: Pathology, Forensic Lab, and Administration. Forensic Pathology (medical doctor), Pathology Assistant, and Medical Investigators make up Pathology. Toxicology, Drug ID, Trace Evidence, Firearms/Tool marks, and Biology/DNA make up Forensic Lab. Administration consists of those who over see daily tasks done in Forensic Science. Not only do they work with these various people, but also law enforcement agencies and district attorneys. The building block of life: DNA. The same DNA profile can be found anywhere in the body including blood, saliva, semen, or hair. DNA is unique to each individual, because of this it is used as evidence in court. Nuclear DNA is specifically used when linking the suspect to the victim. The process used in this analysis is first screen the evidence, extract the DNA, quantify the DNA, issue a report, and finally testify in court. Education is an important step in obtaining a career. In order to pursue a career in Forensic Science a four year degree is required. It is good to focus on the sciences especially Biology and Chemistry. A Master degree is not required unless one wishes to be a technical leader. When considering being a Forensic Scientist, one must keep in mind he or she is a government employee. One will not get paid overtime. Entry level pay is $45,000, supervisor is $85,000, and a lab supervisor is $100, 000+. Good qualities one must also posses are patience, pay attention to detail, and be able to testify in court. Forensic Scientists deal with tragic situations everyday. I respect them for their dedication and hard work on tough cases such that of BTK.
  36. 36. Speaker- Dr. McCarthy Dr. McCarthy has been practicing optometry for 21 years. He graduated from Newman University with a Biology degree. Later he went to Northeastern Optometry School in Oklahoma. After graduating four years later, he opened a practice. When I first heard Dr. McCarthy was an Optometrist, I was not very enthused for the lecture. Over the course, however, I realized an Optometrist is more than the stereotypical “vision eye doctor.” Dr. McCarthy redefined my understanding of an Optometrist. Most perceive an Optometrist to just check people’s vision. While this is mainly what they do, it is not all they do. They deal with everything with the eye except surgery. Prescribing medication for the eye, working with pathology, or checking vision these are tasks an Optometrist will do. Also, one can specialize in Optometry. Some of theses specializations include elders, contact lenses, pediatrics, post surgical, or pre-surgical consults. In addition, they can practice in different settings, which include education, private practice, government, hospital, military, navy, army, research, or a corporate setting. “Start dedication early and stay serious,” said Dr. McCarthy. When going to school be focused especially the first year. While in college it is good to emphasize in the sciences. In doing so, it will help one get into Optometry school. The OAT, a recommendation, and GPA are also very important to get into Optometry school. Also, by being involved in volunteering or sports, one will gain the experience to relate to people well. This quality is vital for any profession, because one will deal with patients of all types. Once in Optometry school the first year is focused on basic sciences, second year is clinical, third year is research and clinical, and fourth year is internships. After completion of school, one has the degree but not the license. To obtain a license to practice one must take the National Board Test in the state they want to work in. Dr. McCarthy became an Optometrist, because he was at the eye doctor a lot. The generosity and kindness he was shown there, gave him the desire to choose that career path. He did not become a surgeon, because we wanted to work with young people. In addition, he did not have a good experience with surgeons. He pursued the career that suited him most and is the most rewarding to him. “Do not do anything, unless you want to. Do it for yourself,” said Dr. McCarthy.
  37. 37. Cover Letter Maddie Rudd maddierudd@hotmail.com Human Resources 929 N Saint Francis St. Wichita, KS 67214-3882 April 19, 2010 To whom it may concern, I am pursuing a career in order to acquire more experience in the medical field. Enclosed is my resume for you to review. Through the Saint Gianna Catholic Health Academy Program, I have had remarkable experience around a hospital setting. I have witnessed various events, which have inspired my desire to pursue healthcare further. My passion has flourished by being involved with everything from a birth, a triple bypass surgery, a code, a death, and daily hospital routines. Being around other professionals, I was upheld to their same standards such as medical ethics and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With my medical background, I believe I am the top candidate for this position. In addition, volunteering at the hospital has given me insight into cross-training for diverse tasks. I have accomplished duties involving office work, handling money, and keeping areas sanitized. From working in the hospital with office managers to children, I have helped a diverse group of people. By volunteering at Via Christi Health, I have been able to demonstrate my ability to follow directions, organize, communicate, and work independently and as a group. I am confident that I would be an excellent addition to your staff. I would appreciate your time for an interview. I may be contacted by email or by phone. Best regards, Maddie Rudd
  38. 38. Maddie Rudd Resume maddierudd@hotmail.com Objective: To obtain an entry level position in healthcare Education 2008-present Newman University, Wichita, KS Medical Terminology Careers in Health and Science Advanced Placement Calculus I Statistics Advanced Placement English IV General Psychology Advanced Placement Chemistry II 2008-2009 Friends University, Wichita, KS Advanced Placement US History I 2010-present St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy, Wichita, KS Shadowed various units at the Via Christi medical centers Observed the Emergency Room, Burn Unit, surgeries, ICUs and New Life Unit Learned Respiratory Care and Cardiovascular Care 2005-present Kapaun Mount Carmel High School, Wichita, KS Cum Laude Honors curriculum Advanced Placement program Current 4.0 grade point average Volunteer Work Via Christi Volunteer, 2006-present Via Christi Transform Exposition, 2010 Lord’s Diner, 2010-present Church Bazaar, 2007-present
  39. 39. Resume Cont. Computer Skills Microsoft Word PowerPoint Microsoft Excel Internet Certifications Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, 2010-present Virtuous Certification, 2010-present Food Handler’s Card, 2009-present Awards and Recognition Honor Roll, 2006-present Cum Laude, 2006-present Thespian Troupe, 2008-present Activities and Involvement Track, 2007-2008 Theatre-costume crew chief, 2008-present
  40. 40. References Misty Marley Volunteer Services 929 N. Saint Francis St. Wichita, KS 67214 Denise Clarke-Hang Health Academy Program Director 929 N. Saint Francis St. Wichita, KS 67214 (316) 619-5180 denise_clarke@via-christi.org Denise Arnold Employer for Babysitting Wichita, KS denise@corporatecaterersofwichita.com
  41. 41. Career Paper Summary “What distinguishes pediatrics from other branches of medicine is the notion that children are our future, and consequently that their health and well- being are a matter of broad social concern” (Brosco). Pediatric ER physicians provide treatment for infants, children, teenagers, and young adults, usually up to age 18, with acute illnesses and injuries. In 2007, approximately 9.6% of physicians were specialized in pediatrics and 4.1% were specialized in emergency medicine. Their average annual wage is $147,700. In addition, they usually work 40-60 hours per week (BLS). I interviewed an Pediatric ER physician named Dr. Ramona Warren. She opened the Pediatric ER at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, KS. Dr. Warren treats patient, reviews charts in which physician assistants or nurse parishioners fill out, and attends meetings. During a twelve-hour shift, she sees approximately 35-45 patients or about 4 patients an hour. Not only does Ramona have a position as a Pediatric ER physician, but she also has an administrative position. She frequently has meetings to attend to. Sometimes she has up to four a day. If she has many meetings in a day, in addition to working, Ramona is at the hospital from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. (Warren).
  42. 42. Future Plans I plan to attend Wichita State University in the Fall of 2010. My intended major is still undetermined; however, I plan to do something medical related. After college, I plan to get into a Physician Assistant program or attend The University of Kansas Medical School.
  43. 43. Final Contemplation Overall, the program was an excellent experience. It allowed me to explore healthcare careers in a new perspective. I now have a greater understanding of the hospital atmosphere, everyday routines and procedures, and medical equipment and terminology. Witnessing events such as a surgery or a birth, I have developed a greater passion for medicine. Through this opportunity, I believe I have benefited greatly for the future ahead of me.

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