Ep Defined | Getting Started | Working in the EP Lab
Right Atrium | Right Ventricle | Left Atrium | Left Ventricule | Cardiac Conduction | Cardiac Cell Properties | Action Potential | Sympathetic or Not | Med Page
Electrograms Defined | Recording Modes | Electrode Spacing | Filters | EGM Interpretation | Arrhythmia Analysis
The Physical Lab | Tools of the Trade
Setting Up | Catheter Placement | Baseline Measurement | SNRT | Conduction Study | Arrhythmia Induction | Pacing Protocols | Ablation | Tilt Table | Secrets to Success
Bradycardia | Atrial Tach | Atrial Flutter | Atrial Fibrillation | AVNRT | AVRT | Ventricular Tachycardia
Surface ECG's | Intracardiac Questions | Med Challenge | Advanced

Getting Started - Career Considerations

Is this the Road to Industry?

          Many of you who work in EP will be presented with the chance to go to work for medical industry. The growth of cardiac EP has had the same affect on medical companies as it has on growing EP programs. There is a large demand for qualified individuals with EP experience to fill industry positions. Industry reps are always keeping an eye out for qualified personnel. If and when the opportunity to work for industry is presented to you, keep in mind that industry and hospitals are two very different environments.

           Once you go to work for a medical company, you are an outsider to all hospitals, even the one you used to work for. There are strict laws that govern the interactions between medical industry personnel and hospital physicians and staff. You will no longer be allowed to walk freely through the halls or go visit friends in other departments. You are expected to check in at the designated location and check out again when you leave. You may be required to provide documentation of your current immunization records and verification that you are competent to do whatever job you are there to do. You will be expected to demonstrate behavior that is professional at all times. Failure to comply with any of these issues could cost you your job.

          Industry will often require you to travel, sometimes on a frequent basis.  When you work in a hospital, you really don’t have to worry about what route you are going to take each morning, or where you need to park.  Working in the same building every day has it’s benefits. Many industry positions require you to travel to multiple different facilities. Often times this travel can be very difficult, even arduous.

          You are a resource to the physicians and lab staff at the various institutions you will visit. Are you up to the task of answering some really tough questions? What will you do when you don’t know the answer? One of the keys to success as an industry rep is achieving and maintaining the trust of the physicians and lab staff you work with.   You have to know your stuff. If you don’t, working as industry rep can be very uncomfortable.

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