Medical and Health Care Manager

 In S.T.E.M Careers

When it comes to STEM careers, the medical field sometimes gets overlooked. However, the individuals who work in medical and health care are some of the most vital to a prosperous society. This week we feature those responsible for managing your health service experiences: medical and health service managers.

 

Nate Olson, a 24-year hospital / health system CEO, explains their role and importance below:

“Health care managers are critical to the success of any health care organization.  They are at the front lines dealing with patient guests, their families and friends, and of course physicians and the myriad of other health care professionals that are part of the team taking care of the patient guest. They have to make life and death decisions every day and do it with dignity and compassion in an environment of disparate needs. They are the backbone and key to any health care system’s long term success. They are often the unsung heroes in healthcare. “
Medical and health services managers are generally very well-organized individuals. They are usually extremely detail-oriented people with good analytical skills. As managers, they are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the behind-the-scenes aspects that keep hospitals, nursing homes, group practices and other health care facilities running efficiently.
Depending on what’s required of them, medical and health service managers may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must be knowledgeable of current changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology so that they can effectively direct the appropriate changes to their facilities.
A health services manager may be either generalized or specialized, depending on the size and needs of the office. Bigger offices usually require several administrators with varying specialties to implement procedures and policies for each of their departments. Health services managers with formal training or expertise in a medical area are called clinical managers.
Because much of their time is spent working with doctors, health insurance representatives and other administrators, health care managers must have good interpersonal and communication skills. They should also possess good problem-solving and technical skills.
Although the health services manager’s job is based in the medical field, many of the job duties require a strong business perspective as suggested by the following duties of a health care manager.

Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services

Develop departmental goals and objectives

Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations

Recruit, train, and supervise staff

Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing

Create work schedules

Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds

Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards

Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used

Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Based on the need for more health care by the large baby boomer population, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2014 and 2024, the position of medical and health care manager will grow at a rate of 17%. This will produce around 56,300 new jobs. Medical and health care manager is #15 on US News Top 25 STEM  job list.
The need for health care professionals and managers will continue to be an important part of our society and we at MyStemKits are committed to ensuring that our youth are introduced to and prepared to embark upon the field of medical and health care management.

Below are examples of our kits associated with assorted medical and health care fields, including health care management:

Microscope Phone Adapter Kit

Soon to be a classroom staple, this kit brings microscopy beyond the microscope! Simply attach our adaptable kit to any smart phone, adjust the bars to fit that particular model of phone, and be ready to see, photograph, and download what’s on your slide. Perfect for sharing your findings with classmates or incorporating slide images into presentations. Designed to fit all smart phones*, simply select the model suited to your phone.

The sample phone images have not been edited at all.

Probability Kit

This collection of kits is designed to create an open environment in which students can run a variety of probability exercises. Simply set up a problem and let the students determine the best way to run a simulation of the scenario using any of the provided kits. Includes some dice as well as the following available as standalone kits:

Alphabet Coins Kit (3 hrs)
CD Spinner Kit (2.5 hrs)
Loaded Coins Kit (0.5 hrs)
Loaded Dice Kit (0.5 hrs)

Brain Anatomy Kit

This three-dimensional puzzle allows students to clearly see and identify the different regions of the human brain. The colorful model provides for opportunities to associate motor, sensory, and behaviors to each of the major parts of the brain. Designed to snap together, this study of brain anatomy allows for each lobe as well as a number of internal structures to be examined individually or seen as part of a single hemisphere.

DNA Kit

This interactive kit brings the structure and composition of DNA, RNA, and proteins to the classroom in manipulative form. Built out of interlocking ball-joints, flexible nucleic acid and polypeptide models can be disassembled and reassembled with ease.  Integrating RNA and amino acid components, this kit allows for hands-on exploration of DNA replication, DNA transcription, and mRNA translation. Pair with the Macromolecules: Nucleotides Kit and Macromolecules: Proteins Kits for a more complete understanding of the molecular structure of these nucleotides and the formation and folding of proteins through protein synthesis.

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