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Medical Secretary
Medical secretaries perform administrative and clerical tasks, coordinate office activities, and provide support to physicians and other medical staff.

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Work Activities/Environment
Medical secretaries often work in hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies or other health related organizations. They may transcribe dictation, and assist physicians or other medical staff with letters, speeches, and conference scheduling. They are also familiar with insurance guidelines, billing, and hospital and laboratory policies and guidelines. Medical secretaries often help schedule patients for a hospital stay. Secretaries should have good computer, typing, spelling and organizational skills. Medical secretaries usually work 40 hours a week although some secretaries may work only part time depending upon their employer.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study computer and typing courses, as well as classes in health and mathematics. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and may qualify some students for employment. Students may also receive their training on-the-job or in programs offered through vocational/technical schools and community colleges. In addition, specialized training programs are available for medical secretaries. Professional Secretaries International (PSI) offers certification and testing which earns secretaries the title Certified Professional Secretary (CPS).

Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Bryant-Stratton College - Bayshore
Bryant-Stratton College - Milwaukee
Bryant-Stratton College - Wauwatosa
Fox Valley Technical College
Gateway Technical College
Herzing University - Brookfield
Herzing University - Kenosha
Herzing University - Madison
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Rasmussen College - Appleton Campus
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Rasmussen College - Wausau Campus
University of Wisconsin - Marshfield
Western Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Richmond
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake

Average $28,250

Professional Organizations
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Rd., Suite 150
Rosemont, IL, 60018

American Society of Administrative Professionals
121 Free St.
Portland, ME, 04101
888/960-2727 (ASAP)

International Association of Administrative Professionals
10502 N. Ambassador Drive, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO, 64153

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