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medical

 [med´ĭ-kal]
pertaining to medicine or to the treatment of diseases; pertaining to medicine as opposed to surgery.
medical assistant a person who, under the direction of a qualified physician, performs a variety of routine administrative and clinical tasks in a physician's office, a hospital, or some other clinical facility.
medical laboratory technician (MLT) see clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician.
medical record administrator one responsible for the indexing, recording, and storage of medical records and reports of patients admitted to hospitals and other health care agencies, and who also prepares reports of births, deaths, transfers, and discharges of patients, and of treatments received.

There are two levels of qualification for the medical record practitioner: Registered Record Administrator (RRA) and Accredited Record Technician (ART). Only those persons who have passed the registration examination of the american health information management association are entitled to use the professional designation of Registered Record Administrator or the job titles of medical record administrator and health record administrator. Only individuals who have passed the accreditation examination of the Association are entitled to use the designation of Accredited Record Technician. Suitable job titles for the RRA might include: Medical Record Administrator; Director, Medical Record Administration Program; Director, Medical Record Services; Instructor; Coordinator; and Research Associate. Suitable job titles for the ART might include: Medical Record Technician; Director; Assistant Director; Supervisor; and Instructor.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

med·i·cal as·sis·tant

(med'i-kăl ă-sis'tănt)
A person who supports a physician or other health care provider by performing administrative and clinical tasks.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

medical assistant

One who assists a qualified physician in an office or other clinical setting, performing administrative and technical tasks as delegated and in accordance with state laws governing medical practice. The administrative tasks include those of a secretary, receptionist, or bookkeeper; the clinical include checking vital signs, height, and weight, and performing laboratory tests. Synonym: medical office assistant
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Beatrice graduated from Jane Addams High School, studied nursing (as her mother wished) at John Jay College, and worked as a registered medical assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital.
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This report divides advertised healthcare positions into 11 categories: (1) medical assistant; (2) radiology; (3) nursing; (4) rehabilitation; (5) billing clerks; (6) medical receptionist; (7) mental health; (8) pharmacist; (9) social worker; (10) clinical laboratory services; and (11) "other." One result indicated that on February 2, 2001, 27% of the healthcare jobs advertised in "The Washington Post" were for nursing positions, while 12% were for positions in the rehabilitation category, and 10% for medical assistants.
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