The beginning of my Photography domain.
A Clinical/Medical photographer works solely in the Medical Photography department in a hospital. As part of the healthcare team, they work closely with a number of people in the hospital including; doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Primarily hospital based, a Medical Photographer works within many areas within such as; in the studio, in the wards and operating theatres.
Medical Photographs are responsible for the providing of photographs, that are then used in the helping of diagnosis or what effect of treatment a patient will have. These will be accurate images that will be used to record injuries and diseases truthfully. They are also used in terms of research and medical education. There are also other duties one must abide by, like graphic design skills, artwork for posters and leaflets and patient information. The amount of responsibilities you have will be dependant on the scale of the hospital you work within. They can also be required to take both PR and commercial style photographs, for hospital use.
With any job, there are specific skills that are required. There is the obvious one, in that you must have an understanding of the anatomy and evidence that you acquire technical expertise with using a camera. This is also apparent in that you need to have the skills in lighting an composition, this enables you to assess conditions effectively. Being that you are working with patients, you need a sense of compassion, as the will undoubtedly be feeling vulnerable, so you would need to address them with care and consideration. With this aspect comes the ability to have good communication skills, along with good leadership and team working skills with also being able to work individually.
There are also entry requirements needed for this job, being that of specific qualifications. In order to become a clinical photographer, you must hold a degree in photography and also a postgrad certificate in clinical photography. In alternate circumstances you can take a 3 year degree at clinical photography, which is available at the University of Westminster. With the likes to training this will be supported and developed in the workplace.
The use of Medical Photography has been around for decades. In the year of 1878 a medical photography unit was established in a hospital in Paris. A Doctor named, Jean-Martin Charcot, withheld that belief that photographs played a significant role in the diagnosis of patients. He and Albert Londe created new apparatus that would be used to record both symptoms and signs of illness. These methods and new ones, are continuously developed even today, in order to effectively evaluate the care of patients.
This would be a job that I have thorough interest in, as the work seems both varied and interesting. It’s also a job that combine two aspects that I enjoy, which is photography and working with people. The fact that it would be combining my love for photography and the imagery I take will benefit the care in peoples health is heart-warming, it’s a job that helps.