Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What’s it like to be a….Orthotist?

My job title is: Certified Orthotist
My actual position is: Director

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If youíve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
A normal day consists of seeing patients, where I evaluate the patient according to the prescription; measure, cast and fit the patient. I instruct the patient on wear and care of their device. I may also fabricate or adjust the device in the lab. I may order products and check products in that were ordered.  Everyday is consistent, but it feels different because of all of the different patients I see each day. The patients will range from newborns to geriatrics. Once the patient leaves your office, then I have to dictate my notes for the patientís chart.  The longer you are in a position, the more responsibility you acquire and the more the patients become familiar with you as well as doctors and other healthcare workers.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 10/21 at 10:47 AM
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Monday, October 13, 2008

What’s it like to be an…Occupational Therapist?

My job title is: Occupational Therapist

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If youíve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
A normal day as a staff therapist consists of evaluating and treating patients. This is consistent throughout the year. Things have changed in health care and time spent with each patient has become much less in the clinic. There is a greater focus on home exercise programming and the role of the therapist is as much that of an educator of disease and treatment as it is a therapist.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 10/13 at 03:34 PM
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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

What’s it like to be an…Accountant?

My job title is: Senior Tax Analyst

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If youíve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

Itís hard to describe a normal day because every day is different. I rarely have consecutive days where Iím working on the same thing. There are constant interruptions, new projects, research items, etc. that arise on a daily basis. My general responsibilities include reviewing complex and specialized federal and state tax returns, researching various tax issues, preparing technical memorandums, identifying tax planning opportunities, and staying current on new corporate tax law and regulations. Because my company is publicly traded, we are required to issue quarterly financial statements which involve quarterly computations of our effective rate and deferred tax assets and liabilities.  My company also owns over 80 domestic and international subsidiaries that are part of our consolidated financials so I work closely with the controllers regarding tax compliance and proper reporting of tax related items on their financial statements. Virtually every transaction results in a tax impact so there is never a shortage of work or opportunities to learn. . 

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 10/07 at 09:41 AM
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