By Barbara Mardinly Swanson

Describes numerous health-related careers, together with paintings therapist, biomedical engineer, dental hygienist, emergency clinical technician, genetic counselor, clinical illustrator, nurse, optician, sufferer consultant, pharmacist, and rehabilitation counselor.

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In the past decade, many colleges and universities have instituted undergraduate courses in medical and technical writing and scientific communication. While not usually required for employment at this time, such courses do provide background and teach certain technical competencies that can be assets. There are also approximately a dozen universities that offer master's degree programs in technical writing, and such advanced study often enhances advancement. Since 1979, AMWA has offered a continuing medical education program called the Core Curriculum that is designed to improve skills in six major areas of biomedical communications: audiovisual, editing/writing, freelance, pharmaceutical, public relations/advertising, and teaching.

BMET BMET Supervisor Breakthroughs in biomedical engineering are radically improving the ways disease and injury are diagnosed and treated. The application of the various engineering disciplines and technologies to health and medical problems happily has resulted in thousands of pieces of biomedical equipment that save lives once lost; alleviate discomfort; and earlier, more accurately, less painfully, and less dangerously diagnose medical conditions. CT scanners, dialysis machines, incubators, inhalators, x-ray machinery, transducers, magnetic resonance imagers (MRI), electrocardiographs (EKGs), and electroencephalographs (EEGs) are but a few of those important pieces of sophisticated biomedical equipment to which doctors, nurses, and other health care personnel turn when diagnosing and treating patients.

The Future Opportunities in art therapy are expected to grow. Recognition of this therapy and of the other creative arts therapies as valid, effective, and important primary, parallel, or adjunctive therapies for a widening patient population has resulted in the creation of more art therapy programs throughout the country. As the result of hearings before the United States Special Committee on Aging in June of 1992, at which expert testimony was presented attesting to the benefits of the creative arts therapies when they are used in older populations, art therapy, along with dance/movement therapy (see Chapter 11) and music therapy (see Chapter 32) was included and defined in legislation when amendments to the Older Americans Act became law.

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