Healthcare System

Taking care of your health involves choosing a doctor and understanding how to best get the care you need. This section will help you deal with these issues and provide some fun and shocking facts about the medical field.


Oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors, particularly cancer. There are subspecialists within the field of oncology, such as pediatric oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Find out exactly what oncologists do.

What is the future of family medicine?

Family medicine isn't just for kids and their parents. The idea is that a physician sticks with you from birth to death, treating your whole body throughout your whole life. And it's changing with the times.

5 Most Stressful Hospital Jobs

Working in health care is inherently stressful, but some jobs have higher rates of worker burnout than others. Would you rather provide nursing care or work in a hospital billing department?

10 Future Jobs in Health Care

With Americans living longer, a wealth of new, innovative jobs in the health care field will be coming online. Some are already in play. Anyone want to be a medical roboticist or genetic counselor?

10 Common Hospital-acquired Infections

When you pack a lot of people with infections into one place, sometimes even more occur. Here are 10 that are keeping hospitals really busy.

The 10 Best Hospitals in the United States

These 10 hospitals have the best doctors and facilities in the United States. See what makes Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic and others the best hospitals

What are the different types of nurses?

As professions go, nursing is pretty new -- and in the mid-19th century, anyone who served as a caregiver could be considered a nurse. But today, training and certification helps set the different types apart.

5 Reasons to Thank a Nurse Today

Whether in the hospital or a variety of other health care settings, nurses are at the frontlines to ensure that patient needs are being met.

5 Most Challenging Aspects of Being a Nurse

Nurses perform critical duties under high pressure as part of a day's work. What parts of a job with lives on the line can be called the most challenging?

5 Things You Didn't Know About Being a Nurse

Nursing is a valuable and vital profession, but it's not for the faint of heart. And once you put aside the TV stereotypes, you'll find there's a lot more to the field than just wearing white.

Why is there such a shortage of nurses in the medical field?

Since the late 1990s, it's largely been an accepted fact that the U.S. is dealing with a nursing shortage. And even with an infusion of workers during the recession, demand continues to outpace the supply. But why?