Matt Junn Senior Project: Physical Therapy and Internal medicine BLOG 4
Much of what I have been doing this month was following my mentors around, rarely doing anything else other than write notes on the patient’s case during the appointments. However, outside the medical rooms, I was given more active duties other than note taking. At Mir’s clinic, I was given many basic office duties, such as listing up the patients’ billings, stamping letters with Dr. Mir’s contact info, or faxing information to other medical clinics. Although all my office tasks were not exciting, I did slightly enjoy organizing co-pay billing letters for various patients. It allowed me take an inside look at the costs for health care. Some of the most common conversation topics that would appear during a patient’s appointment is whether their prescriptions or office visits are covered by their insurance. It was interesting to see how high a patient’s co-pay billing could get even though their insurance covered most of their bills.
At the physical therapy clinic, I was given the simple tasks of replacing office beds with new sheets and putting away gym equipment after every patient’s dismissal from their therapy session.
However, when I was stuck with nothing to do, I would read the magazines you would typically find at any health care clinic.