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What are three important things I should know before entering a career in Medical Administration?

I am a 20-year-old looking to work in Medical Administration, are there any important things or facts I should know beforehand?

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Leah’s Answer

For college degree holders, pursuing a Masteral program in Medical/Hospital Administration will be of great advantage. You will learn all there is to know about Medical administration.
Thank you comment icon I agree that a Masters will help you find a position in healthcare but I wouldn't say that it is an absolute or that it will teach you everything, simply by obtaining one. I have been working in healthcare and have learned, that it is not the level of degree you hold that will promote you to the top. Don't get overly focused on degree level. That can come with time AND if you start somewhere you want to grow in, they will most likely offer ways to help you financially to achieve higher degrees! JoNel .
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JoNel’s Answer

The Medical industry is a great choice! There will always be a need. Do not get hung up on achieving the highest degree first, unless there is as speciality you have your heart on and requires it, you may find that you wont need it! I have worked along side many corporate level administrators that hold an associate degree. Experience, focus, and drive is what will land you the job.

In saying that, it is also vast enterprise of multidimensional levels!
Healthcare is a buisness overall. For each industry, speciality, level of care, all mentioned below will require CEO, CNO, Allied, Financial, Clinical worker (RN, RT, MD, STNA), IT, Education, Marketing/Buisness, Case management/ and or Socialworker

1. Learn about the various layers that make up the term- Healthcare Industry
A. Acute care:
Hospital, Emergency, UrgiCare, Medical Office
B. Post Acute Care:
In patient rehab, Out patient rehab, Critical Illness Recovery Hospital, Skilled Nursing, Home Care
C. Sales:
Pharmaceutical, Surgical, Equipment, Devices

2. Levels of Administration in the above:

A. Clinical practice
1. Nursing Management
Specialty floor, ICU, Surgical, Emergency, Director of Nursing, Chief of Nursing, Care Management
2. Allied Health Management
Radiology, Respiratory, Laboratory, Ultrasound, Microbiology
3. Physician Medicine Management
MD, NP, PA, Office Administration, Education, Recruitment, Relations

B. IT Management
Electronic Medical Records, Network service, Communications

C. Buisness/Marketing
Relations speciality, Clinical Recruitment, Event planning, Admissions, Financial

D. Quality Management

E. Human Resources

3. Shadow, Shadow, Shadow!
Healthcare Industry is like a large student body. We are forever increasing our knowledge by continuing, education, developing new skills, upgraded technology, and improved interventions. We welcome anyone that is interested in learning from us. You can call local hospitals- CNO, HR etc Office and ask to shadow various departments, levels, speciality. This is a normal occurrence in our field so take advantage of it!
You could also ask your current school for shadow programs, and if you are not a current student, you can reach out to your local schools that offer medical/Healthcare classes and they can point you in the direction.

I hope this helps!

Good luck to you in your future endeavors!

JoNel recommends the following next steps:

Shadow
Find a mentor
Self education
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Christian’s Answer

1. It is important to know the electronic record system and all it’s capabilities to avoid wasted time there are many reports at your finger tips

2. It is important to know laws and policies around HIPPA for medical record release request. Health records in the wrong hands could have a negative impact on you and your organization.

3. Empathy and compassion is a must administration is the first face patients encounter and as the old saying goes “the first impression is key” a negative experience could make or break whether a patient returns.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. I appreciate you answering my question! Jacqueline
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Uruj’s Answer

It is a very policy oriented field, I am actually interested in it myself so I have been looking into the same thing! You may want to pursue a Masters of Health Administration (MHA), an MHA and Masters of Public Health (MPH), there are lots of dual degree programs for that. Or, you may want to look into pursuing a Masters of Public Administration (MPA.)
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