Most people, when they think of careers in the medical field, think of patching wounds and operating x-ray machines, not pushing papers in an office. But the fact remains that a vast amount of paper and computer work goes into the running of any medical clinic or hospital. If you're interested in the medical field but don't want to do enough training to install dental implants for instance, a job on the office end of things might be for you. Here are some of the opportunities available in this field.
Receptionists are the public face of any clinic or hospital. They greet patients and relatives as they arrive, give directions, and assist with controlling the traffic flow within the hospital. To be a receptionist for a dentist in many North American clinics, you'll want to take at least a community college course in administrative assistance. Successful applicants will be the ones who can stay calm in crisis situations, keep a bland face when confronted by unruly patients, and handle filing, typing, and telephone calls with ease.
While the doctors and nurses handle the actual work of evaluating and treating patients, administrators keep the hospital afloat by handling paperwork such as filing insurance claims, keeping patient medical records up to date, and making sure the hospital complies with government regulations. For this type of career, you'll want to get a university degree in hospital administration and show an aptitude for organization and multitasking. On this kind of salary, you can easily afford to look for condos for sale in Toronto.
How do doctors and nurses and lab technicians end up working in the hospital? They're recruited, of course, by human resources departments who know just what to mention to prospective hires and what benefits packages will attract them. If you have a degree in business, administration, or accounting, you could get such a job. Human resources departments in hospitals handle everything from interviews to staff scheduling to billing and harassment complaints, so it's a varied work environment.
Most people don't realize this, but even in Canada hospitals and medical clinics need to be run like a business. As such, there needs to be someone with a degree in business, finance, or management at the helm. As a member of the board or directors at a hospital or clinic, you would get to influence the direction it takes. You would liaise with other medical associations, direct your staff to get new training, attract investments, and make sure the business stays in the black financially. For most jobs of this type, you need to make a sizeable investment in the business or be chosen by other board members.