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Medical Specialist Testing COVID-19

Date: Nov 27, 2021

Location: Wichta, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department: Health Dept.  

Pay:  $14.66 per hour

Work Schedule: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM Wed. Some weekends required.


The Medical Specialist is a temporary position at the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) that supports COVID-19 response.  The position is assigned to the SCHD COVID-19 Testing Branch. The Medical Specialist follows protocols and collects respiratory samples from patients for COVID-19 testing at the fixed sampling site and at mobile testing sites. As needed, the Medical Specialist will assist with registration, specimen delivery and pick-up, calling patients, and other duties. The Medical Specialist responds to questions from clients, ensures patient confidentiality, follows HIPAA policies, maintains professional expertise, and works under the direction of a licensed nurse or doctor following written protocols. Tasks will be performed under full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Collect samples from patients for COVID-19 testing at Health Department and off-site locations

  • Verify patient information
  • Collect respiratory samples (nasopharyngeal swab or oral swab) using appropriate technique
  • Assist clients with collecting saliva specimens
  • Collect other samples as needed
  • Complete documentation accurately and timely


Ensure accurate and timely documentation of patient information

  • Enter patient answers to medical questions accurately and timely
  • Ensure specimens match orders in the electronic health record system and on the tracking sheet
  • Administer vaccine to patients
  • Document issues when they arise and notify supervisor
  • Work with supervisor to improve processes


Support COVID-response activities

  • Package samples following appropriate procedures
  • Deliver and pick up specimens and specimen kits as needed
  • Perform data entry of patient information into client management and laboratory requisition systems
  • Assist with client registration
  • Assist with vaccine preparation and logistics as needed
  • Take calls from clients and businesses using good customer service and listening skills
  • Provide accurate COVID-19 disease, testing, and vaccine information


Minimum Qualifications: High School diploma or GED and certification as a Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Paramedic, Laboratory Technician or other professional licensure or training from an accredited program which provides verification of skills and competencies necessary to complete the essential job functions of the position. OR Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university and completion of an accredited program that provides verification of skills and competencies necessary to complete the essential job functions of the position. Certification or licensure or documentation of training in the particular field listed under educational requirements. OR Associate’s degree and completion of an accredited program.


Preferred Qualifications: Minimum requirements plus bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One year of work experience in a medical field performing patient assessments and sample collection. One year of community/public health experience or training. One year of experience with sample collection and shipping. Bilingual in English and Spanish or Vietnamese.


It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

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