How to become a plastic surgeon receptionist
Being a Plastic Surgeon Receptionist is not your average job.
As the front person for a clinic specialising in plastic surgery, you won’t be dealing with your general walk-in medical patients. Plastic surgery patients aren’t going to turn up with a fever or a badly sprained ankle.
As a result, they may not be as urgent and needy. But they still have needs, be they cosmetic or restorative.
How do you become a plastic surgeon receptionist?
Well, it’s not just about getting the qualifications; it’s about having the mindset, the character and the patience to deal with patients. To succeed as the front person for such a diverse clientele and some highly demanding clients takes a certain type of person.
If you’re still with us and feel that this is exactly the sort of challenge you need the role of a Medical Receptionist will suit you very well.
Studying online has become a new normal. It offers you the flexibility around your study hours that you wouldn’t have otherwise. You can easily fit it alongside your job, kids, family, friends and social life. If there is one thing we can thank the Internet for, it’s the ability to study from home.
Moreover, you can do all the coursework online wherever you like, any time you like, be it on the bus to work or in bed at night.
What does a Medical Receptionist make?
Medical receptionists in Australia make anything between $18 and $26 per hour which equates to a healthy $38,000 to $55,000 per year.
This salary can set you up to front any medical practice across Australia, be it specialising in plastic surgery or more general practice.
What makes a good Medical Receptionist?
For a start, you need people skills; serious people skills. This isn’t “Hi, Mr Parker, I’ll let Tim know you’re here.” This is “I’m sorry, Mr Parker, Tim’s had some appointments run over this morning and we’re currently about an hour behind.”
Not quite, but great medical receptionists are paid well because this simply isn’t a breezy meet-and-greet job; it’s hands on, challenging and changing by the minute.
Skills you need as a Plastic Surgeon Receptionist
Calm, street smart, people, not easily offended, flummoxed or thrown off the case-by-case nature of your day. You also need to be bright and cheerful, and have a compassionate, caring nature.
You’ll need to love data, any data and the daily input of that data to keep your entire operation up-to-date so you and the doctors are ready to do it all over again tomorrow.
You’ll also need to be ready to learn. Yes, you come in with a qualification that entitles you to work there. But the more you learn and the more you know about medicine and medical procedures, the more patients and doctors will see you as the hub of that practice and the further you’ll go.