Careers in Medicine by Terence Sacks

By Terence Sacks

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Sacks, a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, has strong credentials in the field of healthcare. For three years, from 1970 through 1973, he was director of communications for the Chicago Medical Society, the local professional group for physicians in Chicago and Cook County. He has also held positions in communications for the American Osteopathic Association, the American Association of Dental Schools, and for several hospitals in Chicago. " At Columbia he has also taught courses in news reporting, feature writing, editing company publications, and the history of journalism.

Complicating the picture is the fact that in the next ten years, nearly one in every three patients will be over age sixty-five. This will almost certainly increase the need for home care. Then, too, hospitals are under pressure by the federal government and third-party payers (primarily insurance companies) to release patients more quickly in an effort to cut costs. Longer recovery periods following discharge almost certainly means even more need for home health care. Although much of this load can be assumed by nurses, nutritionists, and other health care workers, physicians will be needed increasingly to check patient medical progress as they recover.

Positive Aspects Although all of these problems are cause for concern, they are hardly the entire picture by any means. There are many positive aspects of medicine that make it all worthwhile and one of the most gratifying professions of all. To a large extent these positive aspects more than compensate for all of the negatives listed above. For one there is the endless variety of the work. As one resident put it: "You have to be on your toes . . human beings don't behave like machines . . every encounter is different .

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