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The Balancing Act of a Working Woman in Medicine

By Zaiba Malik on Jan 9, 2014| 5 comments

Curiously, at some point in their lives, all working women are asked the question, “How do you balance work and family?”  However, what defines balance? Is it being in perfect harmony at all moments in time? Balancing work and family life is an age-old working woman’s dilemma.  In reality though, there is never a complete balance.  Instead, it is simply a dance of shifting priorities of different aspects of your life at any given moment.  There is no horizontal balance, but rather a constant adjustment of which life aspect is higher and which plummets to the ground. Life in medicine is already a unique situation. As medical students, we put in long hours memorizing endless facts, dissecting our cadavers to perfection, and rounding at 4am. At times,...

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Advanced education in healthcare information technology (HIT): certifications vs. graduate degrees

By Shahid Shah on Aug 26, 2013| 0 comments

I have recently received an increasing number of questions from readers of my own blog about whether or not graduate degrees or technical (HIT-specific or otherwise) certifications are worth the effort. I’ve written a few posts recently on similar topics which may be worth checking out: Videos if you’re looking for healthcare IT jobs The realities of getting a job in healthcare IT How to get a job in healthcare IT when you don’t have specific experience My view on HIT (or other technical) certifications The last post in the list above goes into specific detail about my thoughts on certifications, but I didn’t discuss graduate degrees as much, so I’ll elaborate a bit more in this current article. There are obvious pros and cons to either choice, but...

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Diversity Training on American Muslims for Healthcare Professionals: Critical, Yet Lacking

By Duaa Elzeney on Dec 11, 2012| 1 comment

The primary goal of any diversity training is to increase awareness of a different cultural group and its norms. The intention is both to lead to further inclusion of this cultural group into larger society, as well as create more collaborative work environments through deepened understanding of another culture. Diversity training on American Muslims for any healthcare professional will carry the core goal of enabling the healthcare professional to provide more effective service to a Muslim patient – regardless of whether the healthcare practitioner is non-Muslim or Muslim. Systematized Diversity Training Does Not Exist The American Muslim population is a fairly young one in many regards. Though Muslim immigration to the US dates as far back as the founding of...

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