Healthcare Heroes

The Medical Careers Guide

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
272 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2020
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Author Biography

Dr. Mary Choy and Dr. Michele Kaufman are both board-certified clinical pharmacists and educators with over 50 years of combined experience. This passion project combines Mary and Michele’s love for reading books with their dedication to medical careers and helping kids (Mary is a mom to two kids and Michele is a devoted aunt) demystify the medical profession. Their collaboration on writing projects has led to over 400 publications. Mary and Michele both live in New York City. They love visiting schools and presenting to kids of all ages. Their book is referred to as “a young adult’s personal career fair.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Are you are considering a career in the healthcare profession but you are unsure which path to take? Healthcare Heroes by Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman will give you a brutally honest glimpse into the core fundamentals of what it takes, not only educationally but characteristically as a medical professional - from a Biomedical Engineer, Surgical Technologist, Pharmacist, Music Therapist to Anesthetist, Veterinarian, Emergency Medical Technician, Phlebotomist plus many more. You will discover what you can expect on an average working day, the pay structure, the career opportunities available to you, and the qualifications you will need. There are contributions from a diverse and extensive range of healthcare professionals who impart their real-life experiences so you have a clear understanding of what challenges you can expect to face. This guide will clear away all the indecision when choosing your specialized field. With all the knowledge at hand, you can be confident you are entering a profession that perfectly matches your expectations.

Healthcare Heroes by Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman is an absolutely fascinating read with real insight from renowned healthcare professionals. The range of professions covered is vast but this guide gives you much more practical information than others in the genre. What I found particularly helpful was the section Day In The Life Of, where you gain an insider view of a normal working day in your chosen career. There is also a section for each profession from the Bureau of Labor statistics which will inform any student of the percentage of employment growth in their chosen field. Every chapter is clearly explained and includes great tips throughout. Each section is full of valuable information and answers all the questions I imagine anyone would have when deciding on their line of specialty. It is literally like having your own personal healthcare mentor at your disposal. Another aspect of this tremendous guide which sets it apart from similar books is that it not only covers the educational requirements, but also the interpersonal skills you will need. This guide is a must-have for any student to ensure their preferred career is going to bring them the utmost satisfaction. As a non-medical person, I have been totally humbled by the work healthcare professionals carry out each day. They truly transform the lives of their patients and their families.

Shannon Winings

Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide by Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman is the perfect introduction to the medical field. Each section is written and edited by a healthcare professional in that specific specialty, so readers can learn from people who do these jobs. Professions covered in the book range from a medical writer to technicians to nurses to dentists to therapists to doctors. Luckily, there's a spot for references, the glossary, and index so readers don't have to flip through everything to find the right section. Each section is then divided to provide an overview of the job, what education is needed, and a day in the life of that professional, among other things. The sections vary slightly but are generally all formatted the same.

I quite enjoyed Healthcare Heroes. I think it is a comprehensive look at careers in the medical field and great for students. This can apply to students in middle and high school or even people looking to change fields. If readers cannot find exactly what they are looking for, Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman also provide search recommendations at the end of chapters/sections. There is just so much information that was broken down, easy to understand, and straight forward. I especially enjoyed reading personal experiences and why each professional joined the field. It personalized the book and also provided unique insights that many other textbooks overlook. Readers actually see what they would be doing and what actions they would have to perform. Overall, I would highly recommend this book.

Vincent Dublado

Every profession offers opportunities and the commitment it entails depends on the individual in that given calling. In Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide, authors Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman offer an informative compendium of healthcare career listings for anyone at the crossroads of choosing a career as well as for those who are simply interested in understanding the requirements of healthcare-related work. As a resource guide for readers of all ages, this book collates the invaluable contributions of professionals in different healthcare fields to render their insights and guide readers with both a personal and professional take on their respective occupations. Job requirements, annual salary, and career outlooks are among the subtopics covered.

Choosing a career is an integral step in personal development that can make or break long-term goals. Authors Choy and Kaufman have carefully taken meticulous steps to provide a guide that does not make you wait for the next career orientation to know more about potential healthcare careers. They have taught and mentored students interested in pursuing healthcare careers, and the indispensable information contained herein creates a considerable impact in understanding what each profession entails and its expectation of those who plan to get into it. Healthcare Heroes does not read like a catalog or encyclopedia. It has a personal touch that allows readers to carefully peruse each healthcare provider's career and to develop an appreciation and accurate assessment of themselves to see if they are suited for the profession. A guide book that is not only informative but fun and enlightening as well, this should become a part of anyone’s guide tool in exploring potential careers.

Ruffina Oserio

Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide by Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman is a non-fiction book crafted for readers interested in a profession in the medical field. Well-researched and featuring some of the top jobs for health professionals, this book provides what readers need to know in a down-to-earth and interesting style. The book gives a fresh perspective on the healthcare profession, explores the challenges encountered in each sector, and identifies what it takes to win. It not only provides information on jobs that readers can land in healthcare but, most importantly, it features the stories from healthcare professionals who are “ambitious, resourceful, innovative, and adaptive” to the changing landscapes in their fields.

Intelligently written and packed with information for the intended audience, Healthcare Heroes will inspire young readers to consider a career in healthcare. It is inspiring to follow stories of successful professionals who bring their experience and passion to readers. As I read through, I could see opportunities that I could have taken had I read this book as a young person. It is well-edited and features compelling and exciting voices. I was able to learn about job categories and subcategories that I never knew existed. Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide is more than a guide. It is a book that allows readers to have a good idea of what it is like to find and embrace a medical profession; it is filled with insights and steps that readers can take on their own journey, and the testimony of numerous professionals is both inspiring and reassuring to readers.

Gobi Jane

In Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide, authors and medical professionals Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman feature a wide selection of stories from courageous people in the healthcare profession. Written for young readers and anyone looking for information about opportunities in the medical field, the book presents the options that are available to all readers, especially young students in high school, when it comes to paths in healthcare. In this book, readers encounter professionals with different medical backgrounds, each with a unique and inspiring journey to share. The paths that these professionals took will inspire and entertain readers while giving them insights and tips on how to determine what is best for them and the opportunities they have.

Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman have written a book that is unique and that presents the reality when it comes to jobs in the medical profession. What I loved most about this book is that the authors allow real people to speak instead of dishing out pieces of advice and this gives strength and authenticity to the message of the book. It is packed with insights, expert advice, and strategies for a successful career in the medical field. Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide will not only inspire readers to make the best choices when it comes to their careers but will also show readers what it takes to succeed in other fields and professions. This book is an interesting and important conversation between successful professionals and pathfinders, a book that provides undiluted advice on pursuing careers in healthcare.


Best birthday gift I gave my Daughter heading into senior year high school!

Marion Mammana

A comprehensive and totally relevant introduction to the various professions in the healthcare field by the very people who practice them. Mary Choy and Michele B. Kaufman have authored a powerful tool to guide young people interested in becoming a healthcare professional