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Medical secretary

The medical secretary has an incontrovertible intermediary role to play between patients and their family, the doctor and care personnel. A human touch and interpersonal skills are therefore highly sought after. The medical secretary's tasks are often administrative, recurrent and carried out as per fixed standards.

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Nurse

Governments have decided to do something about promoting this profession, which is the keystone of the health care system. The nursing profession is characterized by the variety of jobs, large responsibilities and excellent career opportunities, even more than previously.

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Laboratory - Diagnostics - Medical imaging

The medical diagnostic sector is doing well. The increasing elderly population has a direct impact on the level of the activity of labs and medical imaging requirements. While looming retirements should free up some positions, increased use of automated diagnostic and treatment procedures could slow down job creation.

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Medical research

The objective of medical research is to improve the diagnoses, treatment, prevention and cure of patients. It comprises basic research—which does not have an economic finality at the outset—and clinical research and its technological applications (e.g. vaccines, drugs, devices, prosthetics).

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Medical equipment representative

Medical equipment comprises a wide range of equipment– except drugs—used to diagnose, mitigate, prevent or treat diseases. Medical equipment sales are currently $4 billion, a number that has been rising steadily for the past few years as a result of technological progress and health research. The future is rosy for medical sales representatives.

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General medicine

The role of family doctor was redefined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in 1967 to provide it with greater value with respect to specialists, whose influence was becoming too broad. GPs now have specific skills; they may be involved in prevention, early diagnoses and provide special care.

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Specialized medicine

Throughout their careers, specialists update their knowledge to master the application of new technologies and new treatments, to follow the development and the latest research perspectives and to discover the emergence of new pathologies. At a time when certain fields and regions are experiencing a shortage of specialists, the profession is pondering how technical progress in telecommunications could promote the development of remote services between specialists and GPs.

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Audiology - Language disorders

The need for audiologists and speech therapists is continually increasing due to the aging of the Canadian population (Parkinson's disease and deafness). They can practise in schools or hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centres, long-term care centres or in universities (teaching, research).

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Midwife

Midwives draw on their experience and knowledge to help other women bring life into the world. The profession has been around for ever but it was only in 1999 that it was regulated in most Canadian provinces and territories.

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Psychologist

Psychologists help individuals deal with their personal difficulties and reach their full potential. To do this, they draw on a variety of methods dealing with emotions, memory, language, thought and communication, etc. Psychologists may work as practitioners in hospitals, schools, clinics, correctional facilities, in private practice, or as investigators or professors.

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Social worker

Social workers are therapists who help people who are unable to resolve their family, professional or personal difficulties. They also intervene with support groups and with communities and associations who help each other meet their needs.

Social workers have the possibility of working in a great number of professional environments (hospitals, children's help centres, community health centres, schools, etc.) with many bridges between them.

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Dietitian

Dietitians are active throughout the food supply chain: from development to management and production to distribution. They can also do nutrition prevention, training and education.

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Projects manager – health care sector

Health care project managers work for companies, laboratories, hospitals, clinics, and independent or government organizations. Their job is to make sure that projects run smoothly and are completed successfully.

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