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Sep 16, 2017 13:34 |  #1

Here's a article about a medical photographer. He photographs/video records every thing from surgeries, lab specimens, seminars, doctor portraits, and advertisements. Maybe a good career field?

http://www.popphoto.co​m ...rapher-medical-specialist (external link)

Rochester Institute of Technology offers a program in medical photography.

http://www.rit.edu ...unications-imaging-and-bs (external link)

And a related site...

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Sep 16, 2017 14:03 |  #2

I've been behind an SLR for a bit better than 40 years. I've been a registered nurse for 14 months. I'm not sure I'd want to combine something I enjoy as recreation with what I do for a living.


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I've been behind an SLR for a bit better than 40 years. I've been a registered nurse for 14 months. I'm not sure I'd want to combine something I enjoy as recreation with what I do for a living.

Do you see medical photographers where you work?
I'm curious how many hospitals employ medical photographers.


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Sep 17, 2017 12:31 as a reply to Perfectly Frank's post |  #4

I'm in a related field of medical illustration and animation (sharing even the Journal of Bio Communication). There's an Association of Medical Illustrators, and a handful of graduate degree programs in MI. Along with applied art, you get fundamental training with medical students in the subjects: Gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathology, histology, surgical techniques, and surgical observation. Medical photographers tend to not need as much training. My last "office" job was at an Army training hospital. There was a medical photographer, who spent more time with portraits and ceremonies....but would be called on to take surgical photographs for some surgeons.

It's now relatively rare for a regional hospital to have a "visual communications" department on site. Exceptions include federal hospitals and ones known for research. I've heard from mature illustrators that it was more common for hospitals to have a communications departent throughout the 70s and on until the recession of the early 80s. Many got rid of their art departments, and former employees would then get into freelance and be hired by doctors independently. I've worked for some well known and established medical journals. Most have articles by doctors who are expected to provide their own illustrations/figures/​pictures. They'll contract with artists for producing needed figures. I've also produced animations for online supplemental material, for lecturing at conventions, or patient education.


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Sep 17, 2017 12:48 |  #5

I'm at one of the biggest university hospitals in Florida. They don't hire people. They use their cellphones.

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MalVeauX wrote in post #18454248 (external link)
I'm at one of the biggest university hospitals in Florida. They don't hire people. They use their cellphones.

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Oh man, isn't that the truth.


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davesrose wrote in post #18454240 (external link)
I'm in a related field of medical illustration and animation (sharing even the Journal of Bio Communication). There's an Association of Medical Illustrators, and a handful of graduate degree programs in MI. Along with applied art, you get fundamental training with medical students in the subjects: Gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathology, histology, surgical techniques, and surgical observation. Medical photographers tend to not need as much training. My last "office" job was at an Army training hospital. There was a medical photographer, who spent more time with portraits and ceremonies....but would be called on to take surgical photographs for some surgeons.

It's now relatively rare for a regional hospital to have a "visual communications" department on site. Exceptions include federal hospitals and ones known for research. I've heard from mature illustrators that it was more common for hospitals to have a communications departent throughout the 70s and on until the recession of the early 80s. Many got rid of their art departments, and former employees would then get into freelance and be hired by doctors independently. I've worked for some well known and established medical journals. Most have articles by doctors who are expected to provide their own illustrations/figures/​pictures. They'll contract with artists for producing needed figures. I've also produced animations for online supplemental material, for lecturing at conventions, or patient education.

That's interesting, thanks for sharing.


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Sep 17, 2017 13:16 |  #8

MalVeauX wrote in post #18454248 (external link)
I'm at one of the biggest university hospitals in Florida. They don't hire people. They use their cellphones.

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Pretty much everyone is doing that nowadays, in every field.


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Sep 17, 2017 14:50 |  #9

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18454148 (external link)
Do you see medical photographers where you work?
I'm curious how many hospitals employ medical photographers.

I work in small community hospital, where I'm on the medical/surgical unit. We stabilize and maintain patients; no photography at all here. Seems to me like ED, OB, ICU units would have way more interesting stuff to photograph.


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Sep 17, 2017 15:18 |  #10

Bassat wrote in post #18454333 (external link)
I work in small community hospital, where I'm on the medical/surgical unit. We stabilize and maintain patients; no photography at all here. Seems to me like ED, OB, ICU units would have way more interesting stuff to photograph.

Yes, it's huge in the ED/OR/ICU for teaching purposes and for teleconference for things that are above someone's experience (which is common). Even on med-surg, it's common to have education that involves photography such as wound care, ulcers, skin condition, line placement/cleaning/ste​rilization/prep, airway management (such as trachs), etc. Even then, most of it is just someone's cellphone image printed out, not a professional hired to come in and photograph something in situ.

Granted, our hospital has a media group that produce things for social media, posters, etc, but they're far from professional photographers, they're mostly AV kids with a point & shoot. And the images are generally pretty poor.

The only time I've seen a skilled photographer with pretty good equipment show up, was to do busts for each batch of new physicians and administrators for the websites, handbooks, etc. And senior staff throughout the facility greater than 15 years have their portraits done professionally at a local studio and we hang them on the walls outside each unit/department. But that's the extent of the professional stuff. The in-hospital stuff for day to day is all cellphone. Aside from one physician that considers himself a medical-photojournalist and shoots a film Leica in our ED (I wish you could hear my eyes roll right now).

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Sep 17, 2017 15:24 |  #11

Bassat wrote in post #18454333 (external link)
Seems to me like ED, OB, ICU units would have way more interesting stuff to photograph.

Please tell me what ED in this context doesn't stand for!


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Sep 17, 2017 17:03 |  #12

OhLook wrote in post #18454349 (external link)
Please tell me what ED in this context doesn't stand for!

No, not THAT! Emergency Department.


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Sep 17, 2017 17:57 |  #13

Bassat wrote in post #18454405 (external link)
No, not THAT! Emergency Department.

Funny! :lol:


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Sep 17, 2017 19:06 |  #14

Bassat wrote in post #18454405 (external link)
No, not THAT! Emergency Department.

Whew! Around here we call it the ER.


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