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A good way to explore a career in health care is to volunteer in the rehabilitation department of a local hospital, clinic, or nursing home. Volunteering provides opportunities to work closely with other health care professionals and patients and see if this profession suits you. Conduct an informational interview with a physiatrist to find out what they like most and least about the work and what advice they can share with someone interested in this field. Ask your school's career services office for help with setting up the interview and prepare your list of questions in advance. Read publications on physiatry to keep up with news, developments, and job openings. Find publications at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Web site,

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