In the Air Force:
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Superintendent; Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist; Health Services Management Apprentice; Health Services Management Journeyman; Respiratory Care Practitioner Apprentice; Respiratory Care Practitioner Superintendent
A patient representative is often the first face patients see when they enter a healthcare facility. Representatives help guide patients through the complex world of healthcare. Patient representatives are responsible for gathering background information from patients and informing them about the health resources available at the facility. They explain healthcare costs and may help patients determine how to pay for charges. Before patients leave, patient representatives help ensure they understand how their treatment will work, for example teaching patients to use equipment at home. They also collect and report data on patient encounters, handle patient inquiries, and train volunteers and staff. Working in healthcare facilities involves daily face-to-face interactions with patients. Exposure to illnesses and bodily fluids can be a frequent occurrence, so following protocols to minimize health risks is a necessary part of the job. Patient representatives work schedules vary depending on the employer and patient load, from part-time hours to full time-plus. Typically, patient representatives need a bachelor’s degree, though some positions require only an associate’s degree.
What they do:
Assist patients in obtaining services, understanding policies and making health care decisions.
On the job, you would:
Coordinate communication between patients, family members, medical staff, administrative staff, or regulatory agencies.
Interview patients or their representatives to identify problems relating to care.
Refer patients to appropriate health care services or resources.
medicine and dentistry
therapy and counseling
Math and Science
sociology and anthropology
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
reading work related information
looking for ways to help people
understanding people's reactions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
use rules to solve problems
pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.