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Old 11.05.2015, 14:21
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Medical Reception, Technician or Nurse, question about role

Hi All,

I have a technical question - in Switzerland, are the medical receptionists (at the local doctor's surgery) - nurses, or some other qualification.

I assume there is a specific job/qualification/role as at my local doctor "Hausdoktor" and also the kids Paediatrician, the staff who answer the phone also take blood, run tests, and triage the patients as well over the phone, and also give basic medical advice - so I assume they have some sort of specificl diploma or nursing qualification...

Is it the same as general nursing, or something else ?

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Old 11.05.2015, 14:33
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Re: Medical Reception, Technician or Nurse, question about role

It's called a medical assistant ( assistante medical in French) and involves doing an apprenticeship and CFC.

Info here (in French but you can change the language to German or Italian.)

http://www.berufsberatung.ch/dyn/1109.aspx?id=22

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Re: Medical Reception, Technician or Nurse, question about role

Awesome thanks!
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Re: Medical Reception, Technician or Nurse, question about role

Jep, not the same as nursing, used to be called "Arztsekretärin" (medical secretary), but these days, it has an apparently fancier name, i.e. "MPA - Medizinische Praxisassistentin".

A three-year apprenticeship is required.
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