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Career Details :: Medical Secretaries
Perform secretarial duties utilizing specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Prepares and transmits patients' bills.
- Transmits correspondence and medical records by mail, e-mail, or fax.
- Greets visitors, ascertains purpose of visits, and directs to appropriate staff.
- Maintains medical records and correspondence files.
- Routes messages and documents such as laboratory results to appropriate staff.
- Transcribes recorded messages and practitioner's diagnosis and recommendations into patient's medical record.
- Compiles and records medical charts, reports, and correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
- Answers telephone and directs call to appropriate staff.
- Schedules patient diagnostic appointments and medical consultations.
- Takes dictation in shorthand.
- Correspondence Clerks
- Credit Authorizers
- File Clerks
- Insurance Claims Clerks
- Legal Secretaries
- Procurement Clerks
- Statement Clerks
General Work Activities
- Performing Administrative Activities
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Processing Information
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate