Allied health professionals are not physicians or nurses. Instead, their work falls under the general heading of healthcare. These trained professionals work in labs, run diagnostics tests, support and dispense occupational, physical, and other therapies, and manage healthcare data. They also evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients in any way that can be done by those without medical or nursing degrees.
A high standard of professionalism in allied health is essential to maintain a high quality of care and satisfaction for patients in your charge. Pros don't accomplish this standard with just a single skill set. Excellence in allied health care demands a combination of interpersonal, ethical, and communication skills that, together, create a professional demeanor and practice. They achieve this level of quality through proper training in a field, with special coursework in best professional practices.
An allied health career can provide the satisfaction of helping others regain and maintain their health and wellbeing, often without the years of schooling required for nurses and doctors. People who work in these careers are often the unsung heroes of the medical field, working behind the scenes or in supporting roles to enhance and advance the treatment offered by the doctors and nurses.
Some examples of allied health careers include:
Clinical laboratory workers
Health IT professionals
Blood bank technicians
MedCert's new course, Professionalism in Allied Health, does not teach the specialized skills required for your allied health career choice. Instead, this course focuses on soft skills and quality standards that can improve your interactions with patients and ensure you're taken seriously in your role.
This single course is a requirement for those pursuing careers in allied health. Students will reenact real-world scenarios to hone their skills and get a feel for the real life of the workplace.
Some of the topics covered in this class include:
Proper patient interactions
Awareness of cultural and racial bias and how to combat it
This course has three parts, all of which require the participants have access to a computer connected to high-speed internet. MedCerts provides all the video lectures and offline/online resources needed to complete this course. The three aspects of this course are:
Video of recorded lectures
Skills presentations and knowledge checks
An immersive 3D environment for interactions with others and critical thinking practice.
A career in allied health can be fulfilling and financially rewarding. The more you are prepared for the potential pitfalls of interacting with patients, the importance of looking professional to be taken seriously, or the need for a strong code of medical ethics, the better your chances of success.
The course offered by MedCert, Professionalism in Allied Health, is designed to give you the knowledge you need to tackle the realities of a career in the field of allied health and help you achieve a successful and rewarding future in it.
Jessica Thomas’ career expertise spans health education and communication, aging studies, quality improvement, and program development. In 2019, she assisted in the development of MedCerts Professionalism in Allied Health course.
Jessica holds degrees in Health Administration and Public Health Informatics. She has worked in various roles in the healthcare field and has written on healthcare-related topics since 2015. Jessica currently owns and operates a Virtual Assistant Agency, helping entrepreneurs successfully outsource various time-consuming tasks. In addition, she works with health and wellness brands as a content writer, producing search-engine-optimized blog posts and website copy.
When not indulging in a good book, Jessica is spending time with family, collecting Bath & Body Works Candles, or planning a vacation.