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FACS: Health Care Career Activity (HS)


 

Summary:
The goal of this activity is to get students thinking about the variety of different health care careers that are available (please emphasis medical careers only – some students get confused and write down other types of careers).

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Instructional Procedures:
Each student will need a piece of paper and a writing utensil.

 If I have a toothache, who do I go see? Is there only one person in the room? Who hands the tools and sets up the room?
o Dentist, Dental Assistant

 Who do I see if I need my teeth cleaned?
o Dental Hygienist

 Who do I see if I need braces?
o Orthodontist

 Who do I see if I need glasses? Is it the same person I see if I have an eye disease?
o Optometrist, Ophthalmologist

 What if my cat gets sick? Sometimes there is more than one person in the room to help with the animal – who is that?
o Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician

 What kind of doctor do I go see if I get cancer?
o Oncologist

 Who are the people who type all of the doctor’s notes into the computer?
o Medical Transcriptionist

 Who is the person who manages all of the doctors and everything at a hospital?
o Managers, Administrators, etc.

 Who are the people who process the patient’s bills?
o Medical Billers, Medical Coders

 Who do I go see if the doctor gives me a prescription? Is there only one person behind the counter? Who helps fill all the medication orders?
o Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician

 Who comes to get me if I get hurt in a car accident? What if the person who comes to get me can’t give me the medications I need or can’t intubate me to help me breathe – who will help me then?
o Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic

 If I break my leg and go to the hospital to get it fixed, who takes the pictures of it? Who reads the picture to figure out what’s wrong?
o Radiology Technician, Radiologist

 What if I get acne – who do I go see?
o Dermatologist

 What if I’m going to have a baby – who do I see? What if I want to go to a birthing center instead of a hospital to have my baby – there is a special nurse who can help me – who is she/he?
o Obstetrician, Certified Nurse Midwife

 What if I have a problem with my foot – who will I go see?
o Podiatrist

 When I’m at the doctor’s office, who is the person who greets me and gets my chart ready?
o Medical secretary, receptionist, unit clerk

 What if a car accident made my back hurt – who will adjust my back?
o Chiropractor

 Who is the person who will give me massages to help my muscles relax?
o Massage Therapist

 Who is the person who takes my blood pressure and weighs me?
o Medical Assistant, Nurse

 Who is the person who comes to take my blood?
o Phlebotomist

 Who are the people who test my blood to figure out what is wrong?
o Medical Technicians

 What if I have surgery – who is in the operating room? Who hands the tools to the doctor? Who puts me to sleep?
o Surgeon, Nurses, etc; Surgical Technician, Anesthesiologist

 What if I am an older person and live in a nursing home – who bathes me, feeds, me, dresses me, etc?
o Nurse Assistant

 Who brings me my medicine in the nursing home?
o Medication Assistant, Nurse

 What if I need to regain some of the movement I used to have before my accident – who helps me learn and do exercises to help increase my strength?
o Physical Therapist

 Who are the people who teach me how to have fun again after an injury or illness?
o Recreational Therapist

 What if I have had stroke and can’t use one of my arms – who teaches me how to dress myself, cook for myself, etc?
o Occupational Therapist

 What if I lose one of my arms or legs – who is the person who makes me a new one? This person would also make me a back brace if I needed one.
o Orthotist, Prostestitist

 Who teaches classes to people to help them learn about their disease or learn to stop smoking?
o Health Educator

 Who can I go talk to if I have an alcohol problem?
o Psychologist

 What if I have a mental illness and I need to get a prescription to help me – what kind of doctor do I see?
o Psychiatrist

 Who are the people that develop new vaccines or medications?
o Biotechnologist

 What if I am a newborn baby and not breathing very well – who comes to help me? This is the same person who would give me a breathing treatment if I have asthma.
o Respiratory Therapist

 What if a person dies and they don’t know why – who figures it out?
o Medical Examiner, Pathologist, Pathology Assistant

Author:
THALEA LONGHURST

Created Date :
Dec 22 2008 16:04 PM

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