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How to Choose a Medical School That Would Be Perfect for You – Learn Some Practical Tips

It is not may be the widely spread public knowledge yet, but people related to health care and medicine industry have already noted the outstanding burst in popularity of different medical schools and all kinds of educational establishments connected with medical training. This market has demonstrated explosive growth on national or worldwide levels simultaneously. Such outburst of interest directed towards medical specializations is connected with great demand for medicine and health care professionals at the employment market. The annually growing numbers of medical specialists have been registered in all kinds of corresponding specializations that are needed to man the employment position all over the country and on the global scale too. The growing population leads to constantly increasing demand for people able to offer the required services. According to all possible forecasts and projections this demand is to stay for the foreseeable future too. That implies excellent career possibilities not for the current moment only, but for the employment market condition of the near future. As the result, more and more people are willing to invest their time and financial resources into their future successful careers in health care and medicine. The present-day efforts and expenses should pay of very well in the long run!

Well, since we have all, hopefully, agreed upon the importance of making a long-term investment into your future medical career, the second step to take is to choose the medical school, college or university degree program that would be suitable the best way for your needs and resources. The key problem here is to find an effective method to access the great number of various programs and establishments, at the same time not spending too great deal of your time capital or finances. Fortunately, with the advent of modern-day online communications you are given an excellent possibility to solve this problem quickly and almost effortlessly. By devoting a couple of hours of your free time you will get a comprehensive lists of best medical colleges and degree programs both across the nation and worldwide – without the need of leaving your comfortable desk even for a second! Such excellent possibility has been brought to you by development of modern-day PCs and online networks communications (usually referred to as the Web or Internet)!

In our days it is practically not possible to find a decent individual medical school that has not developed its own webpage or a website. The websites has become an efficient way to advertise medical schools, as well as to provide prospective students with necessary information. Thanks to existence of such websites any interested person is in position to obtain the widest range of alternatives related to the best medical schools under consideration. There is no need any more to contact each college of degree program individually, by phone or going there personally. Specialized sites and forums provide prospective students with very informative and comprehensive lists of the leading health-care and medicine related universities, colleges and schools on the world-wide scale. By just clicking on the offered links you can be redirected to the specialized pages and sites of those establishments and learn all the details that could be of importance for your long-term investment into your medical education

In the first place, when visiting some specific site, look for materials related to your application and prerequisites of eligibility for being enrolled. Those materials you can actually find and download from the corresponding sections of the site under consideration. All the facts, even the most elementary facts regarding the education at this particular school should be studied carefully, some of them can be of key importance for your being enrolled.

Two aspects of the school under consideration should be studied in particular: the curriculum contents and the costs connected with tuition and accommodations. Also pay attention to such smaller points as the application demands and specificities of different training courses, the periods and dead-lines of application submission, the schedules of interview and so on. By making a thorough list of such requirements and related expenses you would be able to make sure that the degree program chosen by you would be perfectly affordable from all points of view: both from the point of view of your time and financial resources and from point of view of your career aims and objectives. That is the reason why you should carefully study the check list of subjects you will have to be going through when while getting your degree. The subjects should answer two essential conditions: the demands of your career objectives and the demands for good professional standing as a medical (health care) specialist.

Through making such a check-list, containing data from several medical schools that would answer your talents, career ambitions and personal inclinations you would see the holistic picture of what the medical schools can offer you in that respect. Surely, there is always a problem to strike the best balance between tuition costs and the training quality. Usually, the better the quality – the higher are the financial requirements that you will have to meet. On the other hand, by doing some research as we have described above, you can surely arrive at some acceptable compromise, finding a college or a university that offers decent quality of training at rather competitive cost! One of the possible solutions to this problem is to investigate some medical colleges and universities located in Eastern Europe, especially in Romania and Poland. They have become quite a hot offer recently due to quite decent training programs offered at very competitive costs of tuition and campus accommodation. It is quite worth its while to do some investigation along those lines. If you are an enthusiast of some more exotic methods of medicine, like homeopathy, it would be advisable to look for a decent school in India, which is famous for its centuries-long tradition of homeopathy medicine and offers excellent training in this area – it is considered to be one of the best on the world-wide scale by all the reputable homeopathy specialists.

Almost in all reputable medical colleges and universities you can be offered some kind of financial aid program, including scholarships, student’s grants and other programs aimed to facilitate financial tribulations for students with low payment potential. If you are talented and motivated enough you should check out the eligibility conditions for getting a scholarship. In this way, if you are a success, you will kill two birds with one stone, literally: you will get a scholarship and save hugely on tuitions costs and, at the same time, you will be additionally motivated to stay among the best students, so you can continue to be entitled that wonderfully attractive scholarship of yours! Well, as you see, when choosing a school that can be perfect – or at least almost perfect – for you should not leave out such important issue as the available financial students aid options and scholarships- pay good attention to this side of the coin too!

In terms of degree duration it all depends on your resources and career aims. You can begin with the basic two-year associate’s degree program. Then you can spend a couple of years earning the precious practical experience and then move on to further levels of academic excellence, a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate! As a bachelor of medical sciences with real hands-on experience you will have a good advantage in the eyes of any future employer!

As you can see, options for getting medical degree training are diverse at different educational establishments, so you have a very wide range of options to choose from! Make the choice as wise and balanced as you can and then rest assured that your investment into your future medical career success is guaranteed!

Psst – Have You Heard About the Surge in Functional Health Beverages?

Improve your memory? Lift your mood? Relieve tension? A growing market of “functional health beverages” enhanced with herbs and other ingredients promise to improve your health. But do these drinks really offer health benefits? Judging by the reaction to these products the answer is a resounding, yes.

Americans want to be healthier and also discover the fountain of youth and longevity. The food industry is rushing to fulfill this new desire. The new buzzword is “functional health beverages and foods.” Functional beverages (also known as “neutraceuticals”) are beverages fortified with dietary supplements and herbal medicines. And they are becoming a multi-billion dollar industry.

Experts predict Americans will buy more bottled water than coffee or beer. Artificial flavors are losing ground to drinks with “all natural” claims. Antioxidant tea products are now the rage. And at least one brand of coffee is adding herbs and minerals to its beans. Energy drinks are the fastest growing supermarket category — with sports drinks right behind.

Japan was a pioneer in functional beverages and foods consuming nearly twice as many functional beverages as any other nationality. The Japanese have always made the direct connection between what you eat and drink and what you are, and they’ve long viewed their diets as being a primary source of health and medication.

Energy drinks have been established in Japan for decades and are also known as tonic drinks. Initially targeted at young consumers (and routinely used by this demographic as alcohol drink mixes), these drinks are now being aimed at people of all ages who need a healthy energy boost. People now understand that almost everything we take in has some kind of effect-this is a new kind of knowledge. Consumers are more empowered because of this knowledge, and companies are responding to this new found personal edification.

Other market sectors are continuing to expand. Enriched juices and juice-based drinks fortified with vitamins and minerals are gaining in popularity, as are herbal-infused beverages. All this goes well for the functional beverages industry. Functional health beverages are going more mainstream, because consumers have become much more holistic-minded, so companies are now meeting them in the middle. There is a consciousness out there now that very small amounts of something can have a very significant effect.

The functional beverages industry has attracted the attention of traditional beverage manufacturers focused on expanding their product ranges in the face of falling sales of old stand-bys such as carbonates. Pepsi’s purchase of Gatorade and South Beach Beverages Sobe, Cadbury Schweppes’ purchase of the Snapple and Mistic brands are a few examples. Products affiliated with major sporting brands, such as Reebok and Umbro sports and performance drinks, also are infiltrating the market. More sophisticated products, such as fast-rehydration drinks, are becoming popular, especially in Japan, where stamina enhancing sports drinks with added ingredients to aid performance are becoming more popular.

Wellness and nutraceutical drink products are increasingly being targeted at specific segments of the population, for example, age, gender, lifestyle and particular health conditions. Examples include Sunny Delight for children and drinks for women. Targeting specific segments of the population has been the motivation for many new products such as, women-specific products, issue-oriented products, for example, prostate and breast cancer prevention.

At present, the sports drink market is the most mature and therefore presents little opportunity for growth, which has become apparent already in the US and Japanese markets. Across all functional health beverage product lines, energy drinks are the fastest-growing sector, a trend that shows no sign of slowing in the immediate future.

The nutraceutical-wellness drink sector is the least developed but possibly the most exciting category, with drinks containing ingredients such as probiotics, prebiotics, soy proteins and phytosterols. Over-the-top premium pricing policies have also restricted sales in some circumstances, although a recent US survey showed 40 per cent of consumers were willing to pay a premium for products containing added nutritional benefits.

The same study ranked these benefits and found energy enhancement, illness prevention, heart health, anticancer effects, relaxation, mood enhancement and sexual enhancement were the most desirable. With interest in these kinds of products higher than ever, the future looks bright for this category. The 1990s fueled a health and lifestyle revolution that resulted in consumer demand for foods and beverages that provide both nourishment and good taste, at the right price. The beverage industry, with functional drinks, has successfully met those desires by selling a broad range of products–juices, energy drinks, smoothies, soy-based beverages, enhanced isotonics, enhanced water, teas that fulfills a nutritional need.

Claims for many of these drinks have not been proven and the amount of added ingredients is neither standardized nor identified on the label. And their safety — optimal doses, interactions and long-term consequences — isn’t known. Some skeptics believe the best approach for healthy living and feeling energetic is to eat healthfully, get regular physical activity and give yourself time to relax.

US consumers spent more than $25 billion dollars on ‘wellness drinks’ in 2005, making up 12% of all soft drinks spending across the US and Europe. The market represents a major opportunity for drink marketers, as consumers become aware of the link between diet and lifestyle.

What is important about the Wellness Industry? How about the definition: wellness is anything that makes you feel healthier, stronger, see better, hear better, feel better, or fight symptoms of ageing. The Sickness Industry’s definition is more in line with healthcare: anything concerned with being sick and treating symptoms of sickness. The Sickness Industry has little to do with preventing illness, being stronger or healthier which increases the popularity of the functional health beverages and food products. People are tired of popping pills for everything that ails them and are taking a more holistic or as some say looking at alternative health treatments rather than the traditional medical care that most of us have grown accustomed to.

The Wellness industry is going through a boom. Before the end of this decade, it is estimated that the Wellness industry may surpass the dot.com revolution. This is an exciting time.

Whether its drinks or spreads, yogurts or desserts, functional foods and beverages are among the fastest-growing categories in the food industry. If this looks like the 80s all over again, this newly discovered health trend has got to be the strongest yet. Consumers approach to health is different this time; it’s more aggressive, sophisticated, and here to stay.

Medical Practice Marketing – Best Practices For Attracting New Patients Using Health IT Capabilities

Effective marketing is a key play for any business, regardless of industry. Attracting new patients to a medical practice is no different. Most often, physicians market their credentials, emphasizing their education, board certifications, experience, and hospital affiliations. Also, many physicians establish relationships with other providers to create a referral network and many practices encourage existing patients to refer friends and family to the practice.

While this marketing approach is considered a proven best practice within the medical community, current technology offers another marketing lever that few physicians are using. Health IT and technology investments and capabilities can be a powerful competitive advantage.

Health IT systems like electronic health records (EHR) technology are designed to achieve two basic fundamental objectives: First, they enable physicians to deliver more efficient, higher quality care to patients. Second, these systems simultaneously provide patients with greater control and more convenient access to their health care.

So why aren’t more physicians and medical practices educating and marketing their capabilities to new and existing patients?

While the final answer to this question will require further study, I do know that in the not so distant future, patients will become more familiar with medical technology and the impact it has on their health. As this awareness builds, it will play a more significant role in how patients decide which physician to choose for their care.

With the last thought in mind, here are a few best practices that physicians and medical practices could adopt to better educate their existing patients while effectively marketing to future patients:

First, create a tab on the physician or medical practice website called Technology. This section should be dedicated to list all of the technology the physician or medical practice utilizes for patients care along with the benefits to the patient. This tab can also be used to announce new technologies, capabilities and system upgrades.

Second, educate existing patients. Physicians or medical practices may produce and distribute a handout comprised of the same information listed on the Technology tab of their website. The physician or medical practice may update their patient handout as updates to the Technology tab are made. This best practice could be a powerful approach to leverage in order to educate and retain existing patients. Knowledge is power!

Also, the following examples illustrate how physicians and medical practices can showcase their technology capabilities and announce upcoming enhancements on the Technology tab of their website:

Develop a tag line to serve as the header of the Technology page of your website that speaks to the identity of your practice. An example of what this header may look like:

Excellence in Medicine… Patient Driven Physicians… Superior Technology

Upon developing the identity tag line for your practice, list all of your technology capabilities and upcoming enhancements followed by a brief description highlighting the value or benefit your technology investments will bring to your new and existing patients. An example of what this list may look like:

Electronic Health Record (EHR) – Our physicians deliver exceptional, efficient and accurate care that can be easily transferred to your Personal Health record (PHR) or to other providers allowing immediate access to your medical history.

Paperless office – No more forms! Patients will be provided a computer tablet to provide new and updated information upon arrival.

Patient Reports & eNotifications – EHR allows for automated examination and lab results for your review at the conclusion of your office visit and via our online patient portal.

New!… eClaims – Insurance claims are processed immediately upon conclusion of your office visit. In most cases, you will no longer have to stop by the business office resulting in saving you time and money.

Coming Soon… ePrescriptions – We will soon be providing electronic transmission of your prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice. We will save you time by not having to wait at the pharmacy. Launch Date: November 1, 2011.

Put these proven best practices to use and see your practice thrive and grow.

Good luck!