Medical Practice Management Jobs
The wonderful thing about working in medical practice management is the wide variety of settings available. There are hundreds of different medical specialties to choose from, such as neurology, pediatrics, oncology, cardiology, and obstetrics, just to name a few. Moreover, there are many different locations in which these specialties are practiced. Hospitals, urgent care clinics, and home health agencies are unique settings for medical practice managers that are often not considered. This variety allows medical practice managers to find employment in settings that are exciting to their unique interests.
Hospitals are massive organizations requiring medical management at many different levels. There are managers for each department as well as general hospital managers, all of whom must coordinate for the hospital to run smoothly. Urgent care clinics also require careful management with special considerations in the area of optimal staffing requirement and handling emergency situations. From the outside it might seem that working as the practice manager of a dental office would be quite similar to that of a medical office. However, differences in the technology, terminology, and patient flow all make managing a dental office quite separate from traditional medical offices. Each locale should be researched as potential workplaces.
There are many avenues to explore when searching for a job in medical practice management. A great place to start is school. Most colleges and universities have job banks staffed with personnel whose sole function is to assist current and former students with job placement. Generally, they have contacts with businesses and companies in the area that provide them with lists of current openings. Usually the companies that provide job openings respect the school and degrees offered and are very willing to hire graduates.
The Internet is another good source of job openings. Today, there are hundreds of job sites that can be easily accessed and culled through for relevant listings. Also, most major newspapers post their classified sections online. This can be particularly useful for those seeking a job in a particular city. The problem with searching for jobs on the Internet is that these postings are accessible by everyone and it can be difficult to make an application stand out from the hundreds of others. Accordingly, it may be better to work on networking. Networking with those in the field can result in leads to jobs not yet posted, and a good contact may even put in a recommendation. The best places to network are job-specific societies and associations. Most professional societies hold monthly or annual conferences. Additionally, many have online blogs or chat rooms for long-distance networking.
Most medical practice management positions offer highly competitive salaries with excellent benefits. For those with a bachelor’s degree and little experience, salaries generally start around $65,000 per annum. Advanced degrees and more experience can push the salary to $100,000 per annum or more, depending on the nature of the work. A manager of a large practice with multiple health care practitioners and a large staff understandably earn more than the manager of a smaller office. Likewise, a hospital manager would earn more than a departmental manager.
Taking the time to explore all the available workplaces before committing to a medical practice management position can greatly increase long-term job satisfaction. It is always tempting to take the first available offer, but finding the right position will lead to a better job performance and growth in the years to come.