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Healthcare Careers Research Project

July 6, 2021

                                    Health Related Careers

  1. Physician’s assistant –

A physician’s assistant is someone who has at least a Master’s but is not a doctor.  They could be a nurse practitioner, something close enough to a doctor who knows how to do exams.  I used to see the Foothill College nurse practitioner. Physician’s assistants in psychiatry are qualified to prescribe medication as they are there as a additional measure in areas of the United States where access to psychiatry is limited. They treat patients on an in or outpatient basis.  They help physicians by establishing a conversation to see what is happening to the patient, conducting a physical exam, and conducting thorough review of a patient’s medical, personal and drug use history.  Physician’s assistants in psychiatry help patients access counseling, as well as medication or other forms of mental health treatment. Physician’s assistants respond to major emergencies.  The educational requirements for a position like this include a Bachelor’s in a science field like biology, psychology or chemistry, having taking specific courses in behavioral and biological sciences. PA programs are 26 months long, ending in a master’s degree.  Candidates have to take the Physician’s Assistant National Certifying Examination, (PANCE), or the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). Physician’s assistants for psychiatrists are required to complete rotations in a psychiatric health setting, a fellowship and also need to gain experience in psychotic disorders, geriatric, mood disorders, child psychiatry, or dual diagnosis units. A cetificate of added qualifications or CAQ program helps a PA earn 150 credits towards CME, 2000 hours working as a PA in psychiatry, with the knowledge of how to do a psychiatric interview, conduct a diagnosis, differential diagnosis included and devising a treatment plan. They need to know psychiatric pharmacology, how to implement the plan once designed, how to intervene during a crisis, manage risk, and sort through ethical and legal issues.

  • Health coach

A health coach is a perfect career choice for me.  The goal of a health coach is to assess client’s health, coach clients on how to improve their over all health, and work to develop health care plans. Health coaches are people the ill go to in order to ask for a consultation that evaluates their current state of health.  A health care plan doctors to support clients in recovery. A health coach has a background in coaching, fitness, or nutrition, and knowledge of good health care practices that make sense. Health care coaches have to be up to date on the latest health care developments, maintaining good organizational skills, while also offering compassion to those who suffer.

  • MD

My number one ambition is to become an MD who helps others with 22q function as best they can but not limited to those with mental illness also.  I want to study neurology, endocrinology, genetics, and psychology/psychiatry I guess.  I want to become a psychiatrist the way other shrinks helped me. The stress of getting an MD could break me though.  It could hospitalize me, cause me psychotic breaks, melt downs, and major anxiety. Fun times.  It might break me. Really now. May as well give up before even trying. Gosh I’m depressed today.  If I can joke around about it, it isn’t that bad. Lol.

  • Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who treats mentally ill people with medication.  They make a study of what medications work best on people with mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. They work in hospitals, private practices, small medical clinics and nursing homes.  They treat those who need medication. A psychiatrist can help people get treatment for their mental health problems as needed.  They analyze data with the thought of diagnosing people.  Medications are given out as per diagnosis.  A psychiatrist merely has to document the illness and prescribed treatment plan.  Psychiatrists help people going through mental health crises.  Psychiatrist need

  • Endocrinologist

A doctor who treats the endocrine system, an endocrinologist is necessary to have when managing diabetes. Endocrinologists help patients resolve their hormone problems, and are a useful doctor to have for fertility problems also. Endocrinologists have the responsibility of analyzing a patient’s medical history to help them resolve their health problems by ordering specific types of tests such as a Vitamin D or calcium test. Endocrinologists do research on complex endocrine system problems in order to develop new treatments.  You need an MD in endocrinology, while also completing a residency and fellowship to earn your certification.  Endocrinologists need decent researching skills, in order to be good at using computers along with medical equipment.

  • Neurologist

I was not allowed to see a neurologist to ask the “Do I have autism” question because mom wanted to make me paranoid and off-center imagining that I might have it but maybe I didn’t?  I went behind her back to Community Health Awareness Council and got a test. I don’t have autism.  Deal with that. Also, I want to become a neurologist only because I feel the need to help diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles of patients with 22q.  I want to help my own kind and others with genetic disabilities.  I’d love to become a neuroscience researcher.  What IQ problem? Really. I have none. Time to see a neurologist to ask about that.

  • Genetics Counselor/Doctor with concentration in genetics

A genetics counselor helps diagnose and convey diagnoses to patients who have genetic disabilities.  Counselors can study as part of their psychology background, and they need a medical residency in genetics to be able to hold necessary credentials.  Wow, I feel like such a useless forty year old.  A geneticist is different from a genetics counselor, in that they are a biologist or doctor who studies genetic problem and disabilities. Geneticists evaluate, diagnose, and help manage patients who have genetic disability.  They have to participate in biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, cell biology, bioinformatics and mathematics class work to begin to qualify as a geneticist and that coursework can also count towards an MD.. prereqs while  an MD/psychiatry Ph..D. may be good enough if I concentrate on genetic studies that could get me the title of genetics counselor.

  • Medical Scientist

A medical scientist is a type of doctor that conducts research studies, and I want to study schizoaffective and schizophrenia as specific as it gets.  Having an MD prepares you for the medical scientist career since a medical scientist can be trained in medicine, dentristry, pharmacology, or medical pathology.  You need experience with grant writing so as to fund research projects, also needing an additional skill with managing fund properly during the research projects you are working on.   You need to have on he job training at a school which has resources. You need a Ph.D. in a biological science, and I want mine in psychology.  An M.D. is good enough, although I want to get into psychiatric research.


  • Forensic Psychologist

Because of my family of origin I have a major interest in forensic psychology, the psychology of criminal behavior.  Indeed, both parents should be in more trouble than they are with what they do with each other. Forensic psychology combines law and psychology to uncover motives for criminal behavior.  Forensic psychologists are involved in criminal and civil matters like civil law suits, custody disputes and insurance claims.  They investigate child abuse scenarios, as well as child custody evaluations, while also conducting visitation assessments to see if a parent is fit to visit. Forensic psychologists have a role in the civil court system, which is to provide psychotherapy to crime victims, assess mental competency to stand trial, even to assess both juvenile and adult offenders.  Forensic psychologists work with child witnesses.  Forensic psychologists interview criminals.  A forensic psychologist works out of a police station, courthouses, law firms, prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers.  A forensic psychologist could also become self-employed.

 It seems I need a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree in forensic psychology, and a law degree is optional but necessary.  Earning a doctorate psychology degree is also a helpful path to take. I need a license and to become board certified.

  1.   Psychotherapist/Psychiatrist  

A psychotherapist uses talk therapy to help treat those with mental illness. The average psychotherapist could have a background in psychiatry, psychology, counseling or social work.  Talk therapy helps emotional problems by helping someone process pain in order to see the source in a better light. Talk therapy and medication is prescribed, along with the therapist helping you find a solution to your problem, hopefully without causing you anymore trauma.  You need a doctoral degree, to practice.  I have it in mind to get my English Ph.D. first.  English/cinema studies MFA/Ph.D. Then I can get my psychology Master’s/Ph.D.  Then after that, I can get my psychology M.S./ Ph D. I need to take the Examination for professional

Practice in Psychology (EPPP).  An average therapist uses psychology to help a person deal with trauma, come to terms with a health problem, live with and confront/take responsibility for major life changes, recover from abuse, handling sexual problems along with sleeping the whole night or sleeping well and better, are all things a psychotherapist can help with.  A psychiatrist can prescribe medication. For years I thought I only wanted one Ph.D.

  1. Personal trainer/Weight loss coach/Health Coach

Health coaches, personal trainers, and weight loss coaches can fall under each other’s umbrella.  In the field of health coaching, you guide someone to  make better choices with their physical health.  I am an expert at using myfitness pal to manage weight or to lose weight.  I’m an expert in getting yourself physically fit. I make sure to train myself in sports by myself although I cannot shot put because that would aggravate my hernia.  I want to help those with chronic illness, and I have an interview this Friday at 6:00 p.m. with Mr. Charles Henry Barton.

  1. Mental heath technician

You need a high school diploma, an AA in psychology like I’d planned, even a Bachelor’s degree but I’m also looking into getting my Psychology master’s at this point. You need 480 hours, 1 year of work experience to 960 hours of college and university level courses, and including two years relevant work experience. You also need a Bachelor’s degree in mental health or the developmental disabilities field, not limited to but having three years relevant work experience.  Mental health technicians look after people having a crisis. 

  1. psychiatric technician

I’m aware of the California requirements to become a psychiatric technician because you need a license for this.  You graduate from an approved school for psychiatric technicians to go to, as you need a pharmacology course to complete your coursework load. You need 126 hours of theory, 270 hours of supervised clinical experience, or 9 months of trained work experience in the field of dealing with mental health clients.  You could also be a nurse in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States with one year of verified full time work experience.

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