Medical assistants are often tasked with helping patients and staff, including those with complex medical needs, with paperwork, making appointments, and other tasks that require a level of expertise that medical students can’t usually match.
But, while the role of the medical assistant may seem like a great fit for an undergraduate, it’s also a great job for an intern.
The new role of administrative assistant can help you fulfill that role, according to a new report from Careers.com.
Careers says the new role requires “a high level of skill and dedication,” and is likely to be “a position of importance in the future.”
The new position, which will be offered to students from 2018 through 2020, will allow the medical student to be more hands-on with the process and be able to help with tasks like making appointments and managing administrative data.
Carers.com explains: “It’s a job that offers flexibility, and flexibility comes with a responsibility.
In addition to being the primary point of contact with the medical team, the student has the ability to help coordinate the medical teams and help plan the day-to-day activities of the clinic.”
In addition, students may work with the office of the health and human services commissioner, which is responsible for making sure the medical offices’ services are up to the standard expected by the state, and that there are adequate staffing levels to accommodate patients.
A medical student’s role at the clinic should be more like a team leader, according Carers, and “it’s an area where the students can contribute.”
The role also will allow students to learn “how to interact with the public and other medical students and other staff,” and “make better decisions and help ensure that the clinic remains in compliance with the state’s guidelines for providing healthcare services.”
The report notes that, while administrative assistants may not always be the first person you talk to when you need help, they should be there when you first get the call.
They’ll also be “an asset to the staff who work with patients, patients’ families, and the public at large.”
The position will be “complementary to the new student position of administrative associate, and a highly valued addition to our team,” according to Carers’ report.
The medical student, of course, has the responsibility of meeting the medical needs of patients.
But the new position may also be more than just a job for a medical student.
It’s a great opportunity for an internship to help fill that need, according for Carers: “The new role may be beneficial to the medical school’s growing intern pool as the school’s medical student population continues to expand.”
To find out more about the new positions, check out the full Careers report here.