The RTS Career Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-school and college students make educated career choices. Since 2001, the RTS Career Center in partnership with Abbott Northwestern, United, Mercy and Unity Hospitals, has given more than 1,200 students a unique insight through instruction, classes and tours. This collaboration with health professionals, schools and universities is made possible through generous donations from medical centers, corporations and individuals.
"I remember when I applied to medical school as an undergraduate, I thought I had a pretty good idea about what I was facing. I had read all the books, talked with a lot of doctors and watched all the TV specials.
"But now, as a cardiologist who went through 14 years of education, I realize that I really had no idea of what I was doing back then, and that most of my classmates were in the same boat.
"I feel very fortunate to have 'stumbled' my way upon the right career choice for me. Unfortunately, I have seen a number of my friends who were not so lucky. They not only ended up miserable after medical school; they were $60-100,000 in debt after medical school expenses. And I think the most discouraging thing of all, is that these people feel they wasted some of the best years of their lives.
"That's why I created the RTS Career Center and the course, 'An Inside Look.' After working with hundreds of students, we quickly learned how important this experience was to so many people. Never before has anyone offered experiences like these. My one goal is to offer invaluable information so you can make the right decision for you."
Ronald T. Sih, M.D. is a cardiologist affiliated with the University of Minnesota Cardiovascular Division. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sih received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology at the University of Minnesota and has specialized training in the field of nuclear cardiology. He has practiced cardiology at Regions Hospital, the Hennepin County Medical Center and at the Saint Paul Heart Clinic, which is affiliated with United, St. Joseph's and St. John's Hospitals. He has also taught at the Augsberg College Physician's Assistant Program and has lectured frequently at numerous colleges and high schools around the Twin Cities. Dr. Sih founded the RTS Career Center and wrote the textbook used in the course, "AN INSIDE LOOK at being a doctor." He also created the course, "AN INSIDE LOOK at being a nurse."
The RTS Career Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Neither the Organization nor any of its directors, officers, employees or other agents shall discriminate against any person or organization on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, marital status, sexual preference, or status with regard to public assistance. All courses and services offered by the Organization will be offered on an equal opportunity basis.
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