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MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Keeps Doctors On Task

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This interviewee is an Administrative Assistant who supports 30 Anesthesiologists. Every day she keeps the doctors organized, making sure that they know their schedules, and complete all of their patient paperwork. Her degree in Health Services Administration gave her the right background for this essential support role.

Degree: Health Services Administration
Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Job Summary: Medical Secretaries

Job Description

Medical Secretaries perform duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.vMedical secretaries need to be familiar with medical terminology, insurance rules, billing practices, medical records, and hospital or laboratory procedures.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by te Legal Secretaries International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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m='12490'>and</span> <span m='12710'>if</span> <span m='12830'>not,</span> <span m='13190'>then</span> <span m='13340'>I</span> <span m='13420'>can</span> <span m='13630'>tell</span> <span m='13830'>them</span> <span m='14130'>which</span> <span m='14825'>room</span> <span m='15140'>they're</span> <span m='15280'>supposed</span> <span m='15710'>to</span> <span m='15780'>be</span> <span m='16010'>in.</span> <span m='17460'>After</span> <span m='17810'>that,</span> <span m='18080'>I</span> <span m='18210'>make</span> <span m='18470'>sure</span> <span m='18690'>that</span> <span m='19070'>they</span> <span m='19390'>all</span> <span m='20350'>do</span> <span m='20510'>their</span> <span m='20670'>paperwork</span> <span m='21670'>and</span> <span m='21890'>turn</span> <span m='22140'>in</span> <span m='22250'>their</span> <span m='22410'>assignments,</span> <span m='23100'>just</span> <span m='23390'>like</span> <span m='23570'>you</span> <span m='23700'>kids</span> <span m='24020'>have</span> <span m='24250'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='24940'>Their</span> <span m='25220'>paperwork</span> <span m='25740'>consists</span> <span m='26230'>of</span> <span m='26640'>consenting</span> <span m='27250'>patients,</span> <span m='27890'>which</span> <span m='28090'>is</span> <span m='28260'>getting</span> <span m='28490'>their</span> <span m='28650'>permission</span> <span m='29210'>to</span> <span m='29270'>have</span> <span m='29510'>procedures</span> <span m='30240'>done</span> <span m='30600'>in</span> <span m='30720'>the</span> <span m='30910'>OR,</span> <span m='31660'>or</span> <span m='31740'>the</span> <span m='31830'>operating</span> <span m='32400'>room,</span> <span m='33730'>making</span> <span m='34080'>sure</span> <span m='34350'>that</span> <span m='34620'>they're</span> <span m='34860'>aware</span> <span m='35180'>of</span> <span m='35300'>the</span> <span m='35470'>risks</span> <span m='35820'>and</span> <span m='35940'>the</span> <span m='36020'>benefits</span> <span m='36780'>of</span> <span m='36900'>the</span> <span m='36990'>procedures</span> <span m='37780'>that they're</span> <span m='38040'>having</span> <span m='38430'>done,</span> <span m='39620'>and</span> <span m='39760'>that</span> <span m='39970'>they</span> <span m='40100'>sign</span> <span m='40430'>their</span> <span m='40560'>papers.</span> </p><p><span m='41810'>I</span> <span m='41980'>have</span> <span m='42570'>a</span> <span m='42670'>bachelor's</span> <span m='43080'>degree</span> <span m='43520'>in</span> <span m='43680'>health</span> <span m='43940'>services</span> <span m='44440'>administration.</span> <span m='45790'>And</span> <span m='45940'>so</span> <span m='46040'>what</span> <span m='46190'>that</span> <span m='46340'>allows</span> <span m='46660'>me</span> <span m='46780'>to</span> <span m='46890'>do</span> <span m='47100'>is</span> <span m='47240'>to</span> <span m='47400'>run</span> <span m='48480'>a</span> <span m='48540'>physician's</span> <span m='49140'>office</span> <span m='50060'>or</span> <span m='50560'>to</span> <span m='50770'>manage</span> <span m='51390'>an</span> <span m='51600'>office</span> <span m='52080'>of</span> <span m='52260'>doctors</span> <span m='52960'>that</span> <span m='53150'>are</span> <span m='53290'>performing</span> <span m='53760'>procedures</span> <span m='54320'>on</span> <span m='54450'>patients.</span> <span m='56300'>It</span> <span m='56470'>includes</span> <span m='56940'>budgeting,</span> <span m='57910'>ordering</span> <span m='58300'>supplies,</span> <span m='59730'>making</span> <span m='60130'>sure</span> <span m='60280'>that</span> <span m='60460'>the</span> <span m='60550'>office</span> <span m='60940'>runs</span> <span m='61240'>correctly.</span> <span m='62490'>Doctors</span> <span m='62910'>aren't</span> <span m='63110'>able</span> <span m='63400'>to</span> <span m='63500'>do</span> <span m='63680'>their</span> <span m='63830'>jobs</span> <span m='64190'>as</span> <span m='64370'>well</span> <span m='64580'>without</span> <span m='64950'>a</span> <span m='65000'>support</span> <span m='65500'>team,</span> <span m='65970'>and</span> <span m='66180'>so</span> <span m='66390'>being</span> <span m='66920'>the</span> <span m='67030'>administrator</span> <span m='67380'>of</span> <span m='67730'>the</span> <span m='67890'>office</span> <span m='68390'>and</span> <span m='68470'>helping</span> <span m='68830'>them</span> <span m='69040'>run</span> <span m='69210'>their</span> <span m='69350'>business</span> <span m='69860'>is</span> <span m='70010'>really</span> <span m='70260'>an</span> <span m='70350'>important</span> <span m='70840'>role.</span> </p><p><span m='72300'>The</span> <span m='72460'>one</span> <span m='72670'>thing</span> <span m='72820'>that</span> <span m='72950'>I</span> <span m='73020'>really</span> <span m='73300'>wish</span> <span m='73580'>I</span> <span m='73670'>knew</span> <span m='73890'>in</span> 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