Of Perfusionists and TechnologistsOf Perfusionists and Technologists

Of Perfusionists and Technologists

The American Medical Association's Health Care Careers Directory lists information about 81 different careers in health care. Who knew? You're no doubt familiar with doctors, nurses and even athletic trainers. Here are a few medical careers that you may not know about:

  • Kinesiotherapist. A kinesiotherapist, who provides rehabilitation exercise and education, is qualified to implement exercise programs designed to reverse or minimize a debilitating injury or disorder. Registered kinesiotherapists are employed in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, public and private hospitals, medical fitness facilities, rehabilitation facilities, learning disability centers, schools, colleges and universities, private practice, and as exercise consultants. Email questions to the American Kinesiotherapy Association at www.Helen.fuller@usm.edu
  • Perfusionist. A perfusionist operates specialized circulation equipment when it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patient's circulatory or respiratory function. Perfusionists primarily work in the operating room during cardiac surgery procedures and may be employed by the hospital, by surgeons, or as employees of an independent group practice. Read up on the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology at www.amsect.org.
  • Medical Illustrator. Medical illustrators specialize in the visual transformation, display and communication of scientific information for medical textbooks, medical advertisements, professional journals, instructional animations and computer-assisted learning programs. Many medical illustrators are employed in medical schools and large medical centers that have teaching and research programs. Other medical artists are employed by hospitals, clinics, dental schools, or schools of veterinary medicine. Find out more through the Association of Medical Illustrators at www.ami.org.
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist. Electroneurodiagnostics is the health care profession that involves recording, monitoring and analyzing nervous system function to help the treatment of certain conditions. A technologist records electrical activity arising from the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and the like and prepares data and documentation for review by a doctor. These personnel work primarily in neurology-related departments of hospitals, but many also work in clinics and the private offices of neurologists and neurosurgeons. Go to the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists at www.aset.org.
  • Surgical Technologist. Under the supervision of a surgeon, a surgical technologist works to make sure that the operating room or surgical environment is safe; that the equipment functions properly; and that the patient is completely safe during the surgical procedure. Surgical technologists, who primarily work in hospitals and emergency rooms, understand human anatomy, surgical procedures and surgical tools and technologies. Want more info? Visit the Association of Surgical Technologists at www.ast.org.
  • Polysomnographic Technologist. Polysomnographic Technologists perform sleep tests and work with doctors to provide information to help diagnose and treat sleep disorders. The technologists, who primarily work in sleep disorder centers in hospitals or private practices, monitor brain activity, eye movements, blood oxygen levels, breathing, and the like. Find out more about this career by emailing the American Association of Sleep Technologists at cwaring@aastweb.org.