Medical Secretaries - Great Career Options in Medical Field

By: Peter Salazar

Dental and medical secretaries are like a personal secretary and clerk to the dentists or physicians. They take down various notes from the doctor and type them out for them, apart from that they look after the inflow of patients, file the patient's medical records, payment bills, and do other odd jobs.

Following are some of the features of a qualified medical secretary:
A medical secretary has to have a comfort level with their doctor and an in-depth understanding of the various medical processes and terms used by them.
They save the doctor's time by giving them a short report of the present medical condition of the patient.
Arranging for appointments with the doctor is also one of the important functions of a medical secretary.
They see to it that patients with serious medical ailments are able to have a quick appointment with the doctor, when attending such emergency cases; a smart secretary tactfully handles all the other patients.
A successful career as a medical secretary

Most of the dental or medical secretaries work in private clinics of the medical doctors or dentists. There are many who take jobs in large multinational hospitals and state-of-art clinics. Some of these secretaries prefer to wok in dental laboratories or with medical drug dealers. If you want to make a career in this field, then high school education is a must, apart from that some basic training with a qualified doctor or a secretarial background may help. Nowadays, people with good computer skills are given more preference. There are vocational training courses offered by community colleges and institutes for a successful career as a medical or dental secretary. These courses have duration of 1 to 2 years.
Job Opportunities and Salary

Many dentists, private doctors and hospitals often have vacancies for a job as a medical secretary; you may also check the daily newspapers or online news portals for such job opportunities. If you want to apply in a government sector, then there are preliminary examinations for securing a medical secretarial job post. Many medical and dental assistants work around 40 hrs in a week as per the schedule of their employer; many have to work during evening time and on Saturdays.

Earnings depend on the educational background, training experience and geographical location. Medical and dental assistants earn a mediocre salary of around $27,00 or more annually. Other benefits like fully paid vacations, free health insurance and paid sick leave are also available in such careers.

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