Exploration of Medical/Scientific Careers

How can we attract more women and diverse ethnic groups to medicine and its related careers if the public in unaware of the options?  We will explore the vast options available for those who are passionate about science.  Contact us at professormckellar@gmail.com if you have a suggestion or question regarding a medical or scientific discipline.

Guidance counselors have a difficult job.  To prove my point, statistics state that the Number 1 college major for Freshman is “Undecided”.  I suppose that will not cause too big of a problem, since the first year of college is basic background information, consisting of math, English, and history.  However, at some level we should show concern.  Time is a commodity that we cannot get back once it has been squandered.  I love the academic setting and there can never be enough classes in my opinion.  But with the cost of a college education increasing, and families working on tighter budgets than ever, we need to assist our students in selecting careers that highlight their talents and provide enjoyment.  Wandering around in the academic wilderness can be costly and can discourage the less resilient students from completing a degree program.  Knowledge is one way to protect our college students of all ages.  The average age of the undergraduate is 25.  The traditional 18-year-old student must compete for a seat in college because of the mature students who seek career changes.  If you want to be competitive, get in school and remain there.  Most professions mandate that skills be updated through required continuing education courses.

Periodically, we will explore some careers in science.  The general public needs to know that many interesting options exist in the scientific world.  We will briefly introduce discuss some careers in the medical sciences.

Anatomical Pathology – The study of disease through the examination of tissues.

Forensic Pathology – Seeks to investigate and determine the cause of unexpected death.

Genetic Pathology – Looks at chromosomes from cells to diagnose diseases.

Hematology – Investigates blood diseases such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, and clotting disorders.

Immunopathology – The study of allergic reactions or autoimmune disorders, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid conditions.

Chemical Pathology – A field that analyzes substances in the blood and their changes.  Some common substances that are analyzed are electrolytes, BUN (blood urea nitrogen), and creatinine.

General Pathology – Covers the profession as a whole.

Do well with this information!  Do not forget to share with friends and family members who are in college or considering going back to school for a career change.

How Can I Become a Forensic Scientist?

In the previous years people who worked in forensics received on the job training (OJT) while working in a crime lab or at a local police department. Curious employees were recruited or ‘grandfathered’ into the discipline. Since popular television shows, such as CSI, have increased interest, ACWD-MSB is distributing information of how you or anyone in your family can achieve the dream of using science and medicine to solve legals problems. One of our goals is to increase the number of women and diverse ethnic groups in the STEM fields. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine) We hope you enjoy the following link describing forensics programs in the country.

http://education-portal.com/top_forensic_science_colleges.html

http://www.oiucm.org/forensic_medicine.htm

Do well with this information! Have a great day of exploration and scientific discovery.

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