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Old 04-21-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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From living here, my experience with medicine has been subpar. Doctors in Long Island/NYC and DC are much more knowledgeable and professional IMO. I also don't understand there is only one hospital in the area that is a trauma center (Albany Med).
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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Although we are in Saratoga, I have had good experience with Northeast Orthopedics in Albany
This is good to know, since I have my first appointment with them next week!

I have found it very difficult to even get through to a real person with any practices directly associated with the big hospitals. But I have had excellent service with smaller practices. Her are some my family has used - Genesis Pediatrics in Albany (Dr. Kari Bovenzi), Capital Care Physicians in Slingerlands (primary care), Albany OB/GYN in Albany (my most beloved MD, my OB, retired a few months ago, but some of his staff moved here), Vitality Physicians in Albany and Clifton Park (mental health and related services). All of these offices have real people who quickly pick up the phone and help you out. Just today, on a weekend, I had an insurance problem at the pharmacy. The pharmacy called the doctor's office, and they called me back within 10 minutes to go over things.

I think sometimes patients are too influenced by the big names and places with "important" connections. If my illness is not exotic, I choose the place with friendly and accessible service every time. In some cases, I have had problems finding a doctor that I could get an appointment with in a reasonable amount of time. I have called my insurance plan and asked for assistance. They have been very helpful in giving me names of doctors that have a good track record for getting patients in with appointments. So if you haven't tried that yet, it might be worth a shot.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: In the loop
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Thanks but at this point, Albany area is starting to feel like northern New England. Nothing here. Watching the days go by without anything happening.

I don't WANT to live off Unemployment and assistance.
It seems to be an accepted way of life for many people here. I hate it. I want to go somewhere with jobs again.

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Old 04-21-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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Thanks but at this point, Albany area is starting to feel like northern New England. Nothing here. Watching the days go by without anything happening.

I don't WANT to live off Unemployment and assistance.
It seems to be an accepted way of life for many people here. I hate it. I want to go somewhere with jobs again.
What kind of jobs are you looking for?
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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More job info about the Capitol Region.....

The top large employers and small employers for the region for 2012. The list say what kind of industry they're in, how many employees, number of locations, when founded, and public or private ownership. You'll see there is a large variety of employment opportunities in the area.

List of Top Workplaces for 2012 - Times Union


And I saw an ad on the TU website for a job fair. This is the company hosting the job fair. They offer a wide variety of positions mostly in the medical field, but they also are hiring social workers, office mangers, etc.

Albany jobs at Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Albany jobs at Visiting Nurse Service of New York
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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About those complaining about healthcare in the area, try living in the South! Oy vey! It's really not fair to compare the world class city of New York to the Capitol Region. There's millions of people there and world class hospitals. So of course there's going to be more and better specialists there!

Someone was complaining about how long the wait is for doctors here. If you don't have anything serious or contagious, then yes, you're going to have to wait a few weeks. That is nothing new. If you don't want to wait, you can always go to an on call facility. I'd avoid the ER unless you want to die there....why die? Because you'll be about 150 years old before you leave! The wait there is DREADFUL even when you arrive via ambulance unconscious. Been there. Done that. Still waited for 6 hours.

This where my doctors where when I lived there. TopWorkplaces - Profile for Community Care Physicians

They have over 300,000 patients and only about 200 doctors. No, not everyone goes to the doctor on a daily basis, but that's 1,500 patients per doctor. And in general primary doctors will have way more patients than an ortho.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Would your husband or cousin be willing to give me career advice? I have a masters in mechanical engineering and gradated a year ago. I also have an ivy league undergraduate and no luck finding a job. I would be interested in any tips.
Their advice is simple. Don't look for a career. Look for a job in which you are currently qualified. Many people who graduate with degrees in engineering automatically think they're engineers and they're not. My cousin graduated at least 5 years ago and has been doing her apprenticeship this entire time. She is currently studying her brains out for her exam.

My husband took a job as a janitor to pay his way through college. He was a janitor for numerous companies and one offered him a part time position because the boss liked him. He kept his nose out of trouble and did his job. Many other janitors took way too long, stole items from the office, and were late for work. That part time job led to a full time job and he's been there for over 16 years.

He says to find a consulting firm and get a job through them. They'll get you experience. You need experience to build your resume. If you haven't graduate or even if you have, consider doing an internship or co-op this summer. Our brother-in-law was the only person in his program in his graduating class from Cornell to have a job at graduation. He actually had 2 offers. He did a co-op and an internship.

Work experience is key especially now when you're competing with engineers with decades of experience who are looking for work. What kind of engineering is your degree in? What field do you want to go into? You need to decide that when looking for a consulting firm to work for. Different firms handle different types of projects. Not all handle all engineering aspects. Good luck!
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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My degree is in mechanical. I have a year of experience in clerical work and I had a job at graduation in mechanical engineering that I relocated here for from across the country but they didn't keep me past the trial period......
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