Michelle B’s Review – Medix Kitchener

Michelle B.

Michelle is a Medix student currently studying Intra-Oral Dental Assistant at the Kitchener Campus. In this review she shares her reasons for choosing Medix College as well as her experience so far.

Intra-Oral Dental Assistants help dentists during examinations and treatments. They also provide direct client care, educate clients on the importance of oral health and perform basic laboratory duties and manage client records.

Video Transcript
My name is Michelle D, and I study IODA which is Intra-Oral Dental Assistant. I am taking the course because I want a career

Before I came to Medix, I was bartending, and (it was) it was horrible, long hours, late hours. I came to Medix because I heard about it from a friend and she got me really pumped up to go.

I love working in the lab, (it’s really) it’s awesome, it’s straight forward, it’s down to earth. You will be dealing with the ultrasonic, the Lisa, You’ll have actually real X-Ray machines to be using to take radio graphs

An externship is pretty much like a real co-op, so you need a certain amount of hours; you go out into the dental office. You have a chance to practice, they get you prepared and it’s a great experience to learn

We use Dexters, they are really cool. You get a lot of practice before you practice on real people so you are comfortable before your patient comes in. What I like best about the campus is that you walk in here comfortable right away.

And go right into your classroom, sit down and you’re ready to go. We have one instructor and she is very knowledgeable, she’ll tell you how it’s done, how it’s done properly. She is very straight forward, she gets to the point and you learn so much from her.

You just absorb so much of her knowledge, she’s awesome! My family feels amazing that I went back to school, that I went back to Medix. They’re so happy for me to be able to get a career to better my life

What I would tell someone who is un-decisive about coming to Medix is to just do it. Honestly you’ll feel great about accomplishing your goal and don’t think about it, just do it. What you learn at Medix is what you’ll be doing in real life. It’s an amazing feeling

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Leah’s Review – Medix Toronto

Leah

Leah took the Medical Office Administrator program at the Medix Toronto Campus and on this video she shares experiences about why she selected Medix College and what she loved about studying there.

The Medical Office Administrator trains students in a variety of medical office administrative and clinical skills. This course enables students to gain confidence and familiarity with using medical terminology, office procedures, computer applications and public contact.

When you graduate you are equipped to work in a variety of environments ranging from busy emergency rooms to a specialist’s office to alternative health care and much more.

To learn more about this program, please click here or call us at 1.866.962.7685

Video Transcript
I chose Medix College because I had a friend here who took the tech program, who loved it and had a great experience, such a great experience that every time we’d work together she’d come in boasting about it.

She’d say; “I love my teachers! I love all the different things we get to do!” When I was finished work, and wondered what I was going to do [in the future], I chose Medix.

I like the campus because of the location, it’s very accessible. It’s also small, with more intimate classrooms, which I like more then university style classrooms, where you feel like a number more then a person.

I love my instructors here, they’re all very well versed in their fields, and they bring real world experience along with the academic side of it.

I found it easy to make friends and contacts [on campus]. On your first day, you’re kind of nervous, everyone is looking at each other, but within 10 minutes everyone is chatting, and they welcome you in, and everyone is exchanging phone numbers.

It’s a family atmosphere where everyone motivates each other. My family loved me coming here, my mom was a nurse, so anything in the healthcare field, she was like: “Yes, go!” They were so supportive.

I already had a university degree, and I worked well with it, but I wanted something more out of life, something more practical. This gives me a whole new opportunity in life for a crazy amount of things.”

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Planning For A Second Career

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The most successful career switchers take years to learn new skills, network and prepare financially. Here’s how to plan for a second career.

1. No rash moves. No one makes a move into a second career overnight. The most successful career changers I have met built their plan out over a period of a few years. They dreamed, saved, added skills, apprenticed, and more. Start working at age fifty on a career you might not get around to until age sixty. If you have lots of time, you can try out some ideas and possibilities.

2. Cast a wide net. Look at your skill set and past experience as transferable to lots of different challenges and fields. Think of it as redirecting or redeploying many of the skills you already have in place. Retired Navy captain Don Covington, who became the company manager for the Big Apple Circus in his mid-50s, told me: “When you think about it, the military and the circus are not that different.” What he meant is that the leadership and management skills honed in his Naval career translated to moving a circus troupe of 100-plus from town to town. Look inside and answer some important questions: What am I best at? Ask friends and colleagues too. They might see things that you take for granted.

3. Research. Look for jobs and opportunities that leverage experience. Check out job web sites like encore.org, retiredbrains.com, workforce50.com, to get a flavor for what others are doing and what jobs are out there now. Investigate fields like healthcare, the clergy, eldercare and education that have a growing demand for workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook is a good reference for the fastest growing occupations.

4. Get financially fit. For most people, a career restart comes with a financial price tag, particularly if you don’t have the cushion of a partner’s income or a retirement or severance package. It might mean a sizable pay cut to pursue work in a more altruistic field, the costs of a start-up if you’re launching your own business, a hefty tuition bill for more schooling, or a temporary loss of medical and retirement benefits.

Read more at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2011/09/08/planning-for-a-second-career/

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Looking for a career in health care? Choose your field carefully

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Antony Raikhlin didn’t bother looking for jobs during his medical residency. There was no point, he was told, because jobs in his field — radiology — were scarce.

His job hunt began in July 2012, at the beginning of his one-year fellowship — the final leg of his training. “I started looking around and there weren’t that many ads,” he recalled. Dr. Raikhlin, 32, figured more ads would appear as the year went on. “By the fall I started getting a little nervous because there were very few ads coming out.”

He eventually secured a staff radiology post at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He feels fortunate to have nabbed a position in his home city.

Many new specialists — as well as graduates in fields from nursing to physiotherapy — are leaving school facing uncertain job prospects. Many graduates must move to other provinces to secure work. There are plenty of health care jobs out there, but the demand varies greatly from field to field, and from province to province.

Radiology is just one medical specialty connected to a soft job market. Danielle Fréchette, director of the office of health policy and external relations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, says the job prospects are particularly “problematic” for graduates in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery, and anesthesiology. “There aren’t that many jobs for the disciplines in question,” she said.

After scanning the various provincial ministry of health job sites, Ms. Fréchette reports there are 275 physician job postings in Alberta. Of those, there are no orthopedic positions and just two general surgery posts.

She says the soft job market for some specialties is a new phenomena; it started in 2010 with cardiac surgery. “It’s definitely a sad state of affairs for a number of disciplines,” she said. “And it’s difficult for patients who wait for treatment to accept that there are able and willing young doctors [out there].”

A convergence of factors are to blame, Ms. Fréchette said, pointing to, among other things, a lack of operating space and senior doctors who are delaying retirement because of the poor performance of their investments. Adding to the situation is the lack of a central hub for physician job listings across Canada, which forces new doctors to sift through a “maze” of job websites.

It’s not all bad news, however. Ms. Fréchette notes that some specialties, such as psychiatry and geriatric medicine, are in need of new doctors. And family doctors are in demand across the country.

Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, describes the job market for new nurses as “pretty poor.”

“And it is not because there’s no need. The issue is that provincial budgets are under stress… they can’t hire new graduates,” she said.

Ms. Silas says 11,000 new registered nurses graduate in Canada each year. “But very few are getting permanent employment,” she adds.

That said, there is still demand for nurses, at least according to numbers from Neuvoo, a website that aggregates job postings from across Canada. Neuvoo co-founder Lucas Martinez says the site currently contains postings for 260,000 jobs, of which 17.5% are in health care.

He reports 1,900 postings seeking registered nurses in Ontario, with a median pay rate of $36 an hour. In Quebec, there are postings for 2,000 registered nurses, although the median pay is $30 an hour. The lowest nurse pay, according to Neuvoo, is found in Quebec, while Saskatchewan boasts the highest.

Read More at: http://business.financialpost.com/executive/careers/looking-for-a-career-in-health-care-choose-your-field-carefully

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