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Medical Secretaries
District Of Columbia

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Perform secretarial 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.

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Currently Employed: 1,280

Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

Typical Hourly Wage: $15.11 - $21.13

Typical Annual Salary: $31,400 - $43,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.
  • Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
  • Interview patients to complete documents, case histories, or forms, such as intake or insurance forms.
  • Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Perform bookkeeping duties, such as credits or collections, preparing and sending financial statements or bills, and keeping financial records.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
  • Schedule tests or procedures for patients, such as lab work or x-rays, based on physician orders.
  • Transmit correspondence or medical records by mail, e-mail, or fax.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • Hospital intercom systems
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Special purpose telephones

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Word processing software

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