Physician's Office Assistant, Georgetown (Washington, DC)
A one-year position as a physician's office assistant is available in the heart of the Georgetown area of Washington, DC, adjacent to the C&O Canal and just up from the Potomac River. The position starts on June 17, 2013 and lasts to the end of June 2014. The ideal applicant will be a college graduate who is personable, articulate, literate and interested in medicine.
The candidate will be working directly with patients and with a physician who has been practicing general internal medicine for thirty-five years. The doctor has had a mentoring relationship with each of the assistants who has held this position in the past nine years, and all who have applied to medical school have been successful in being admitted.
The tone of the office is personal, relaxed, friendly and unhurried, which allows the office assistant to get to know both the doctor and the patients individually. Many patients have been with the practice for decades and typically are seen three or four times in the course of a year. They are themselves highly intelligent accomplished individuals who are both interesting and interested in the young people who have worked in the office. Over the years, each of the medical assistants has found this aspect of the position to be particularly rewarding.
The position is a real job, full time – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a real salary. The candidate's primary responsibilities will involve administering all aspects of the clinical practice, ranging from performing medically related tasks to setting up patients for examination, ordering supplies, billing, and doing basic accounting, as well as maintaining cleanliness and neatness of the office. The doctor sees patients three days a week, generally in the morning and early afternoon hours.
Two days of the week the doctor is usually out of the office, during which time the candidate’s role is to maintain operation of the office in his absence. He remains in close contact with the office by phone, texting, IM, and E-mail when not actually there. This puts the assistant into the midst of case management, participating in the flow of how things happen in medicine from the initial presentation of a problem through to diagnosis, treatment and management. Learning how to anticipate what steps need to be taken and assisting in the continuous stream of information to and from the physician is a key part of this job.
The candidate will spend ample time involved directly in patient care and must be prepared to learn a variety of skills in order to assist the physician. These include taking blood pressures, temperatures and electrocardiograms as well as drawing and handling blood and specimens. These are not difficult procedures, but doing them reliably is critical in order for the doctor to provide a high level of patient care. This is a rare opportunity for hands-on patient interaction, allowing the assistant to attain proficiency with many basic medical skills useful later on in the field.
The assistantship is an excellent position for someone interested in gaining first-hand familiarity with the medical profession. By the end of the year's work, the student will have seen a wide variety of medical ailments and have become familiar with a large body of medical terminology, experience which gives a running start on the medical school curriculum.
A scientific background would be helpful but is not essential. The assistant is the only employee in the office besides the physician, so reliability, conscientiousness and organizational skills are essential. The job offers unusual security in the current economic climate and includes a competitive salary, savings plan, and time off. The physician specifically maintains flexibility in scheduling to accommodate the needs of the student to prepare applications and make trips to medical schools for interviews.
The doctor takes ample time to get to know and care for each patient. Much of the time is spent carefully monitoring and managing complex ongoing problems, particularly lipid disorders, hypertension and diabetes. The medical record is computerized and insurance forms are not filed by the office, so the amount of busy-work is minimized. Preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle are emphasized, but not to the exclusion of proper pharmacologic interventions.
From time to time, medical students are in the office as part of their clinical training. The doctor is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at both Georgetown and George Washington Universities.
He has published about medicine and health policy for the public in the past. His op-eds have appeared in national publications including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune.
Dr. Robinson graduated from Princeton University in 1965 and Yale University School of Medicine in 1970.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or send materials to Joseph Daniel Robinson, MD, 1056 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, DC 20007.
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