Medical unit clerks are responsible for clerical and administrative duties and assisting other employees in medical departments. They must ensure that all administrative duties are completed accurately and in a timely manner, and computer skills are also important, as they must be capable of typing quickly, using particular software programs, and running company reports. They are also responsible for typing letters, filling out paperwork, and other necessary clerical duties within the department.
A certain degree of flexibility is highly beneficial, as medical unit clerks may be standing or sitting for long periods of time depending on what work must be done. It is also important to maintain a positive demeanor, as the ability to cooperate with colleagues and work well in a team environment keeps the company running smoothly from within. The ability to arrive to work on-time and without absence is very important, as they may occasionally be the only individuals in the office who have knowledge of particular practices and their time away from the office can have negative impacts.
Medical unit clerks should also be able to lift 25 - 50 pounds, as the need to lift and move boxes and other small- and medium-sized packages will arise from time to time. A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and some employers may prefer those who have a bachelor's degree.
Medical Unit Clerk Tasks
Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
Perform various clerical and administrative functions, such as ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies.
Transfers patient's data from nurse's notes and physician's orders onto medical records and charts.
Maintain medical records, technical library and correspondence files.
Prepare new patient medical records files prior to exam.