Medical services refer to any medical services given to a patient outside of a hospital. These services may consist of surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and many other services related to the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of illness. The word’medical’ actually refers to a body of knowledge including all the systems and functions of medicine (nutrition, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, radiology, clinical pathology, obstetrics/maternity, pediatrics, veterinary medicine, surgical and preventive surgery). Some branches of science like biology, physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry, anthropology, business management, engineering, nuclear medicine, radiology, and many others are also included in the sphere of medical science. The field of medical service has many subtopics. These include acute care, chronic care, specialty procedures, primary care, hospitals, home health care, pediatricians and specialists, health services management, insurance companies and international health organizations.
In order for healthcare to achieve maximum efficiency and save maximum lives, medical services managers play a key role in the administration of healthcare. They are the ones who monitor the flow of patients and their medical histories. They are also the ones responsible for coordinating with healthcare professionals, patients, and other stakeholders. They act as intermediaries between healthcare workers like doctors, nurses and therapists and patients themselves such as families, patients, and their relatives. Medical service managers should have strong interpersonal skills and a sound knowledge about medical procedures. They need to be highly organized and able to work under stress.
The healthcare industry is very competitive and requires quick decision-making abilities, excellent communication skills, the ability to make quick decisions under pressure, and the capability to organize and control multiple complex activities. Medical service managers can either choose to specialize in one particular medical discipline like cardiology, oncology, neurology, oncology, plastic surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, trauma, or veterinary medicine. There are also careers as research associates, quality improvement managers, quality assurance officers, quality analysts, technical support personnel, information technology, business development, business planning managers, medical sales representatives, marketing managers, physician, and medical receptionists.