Medical Social Worker Cover Letter
Medical Social Workers assess patients in a medical setting to determine their mental and emotional status and ensure that their needs are met upon discharge. They work in hospitals, clinics, hospices, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and community health care centers. The primary role of a Medical Social Worker is to work closely with a network consisting of family members, doctors, and other healthcare professionals to develop an effective discharge plan that includes continued care after the individual leaves a medical facility. To this end, Medical Social Workers might arrange for the in-home use of required medical devices, schedule further counseling and even set up transportation for the patient to and from counseling centers and doctors’ appointments. They also educate patients in healthcare options, treatment plans and other details relevant to the patient’s care.
In the list below, we have provided the most common skills that would be mentioned in a Medical Social Worker cover letter:
- Knowledge of HIPAA guidelines and federal and state healthcare regulations
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Problem-solving and organizational skills
- Interpersonal and listening skills
- Understanding of basic computer programs
Use the sample below to get a better understanding of how these qualifications and abilities can be worked into a Medical Social Worker cover letter.
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Dear Ms. Kirby:
Please accept my resume, which I am sending in response to your ad for a Medical Social Worker for your facility. I offer several years of experience in the social work field and a diverse skill set that would prove to be an asset to your organization.
Ten years as a Medical Social Worker has allowed me to develop a deep understanding of HIPAA and other healthcare regulations at both the federal and state levels. This knowledge has been beneficial during my interactions with patients, families, medical staff and fellow social workers, as I have ensured patient confidentiality and privacy in all cases.
Using effective listening and problem-solving skills, I am adept at fostering strong patient relationships that have enabled me to provide the best care to patients in various medical environments. Also, I have used my communication and interpersonal skills to build professional relationships with medical equipment vendors, counselors, case managers, state health agencies and others involved in continuing health care for mental health patients.
I have provided some of my career highlights and qualifications that I feel best demonstrate my ability to assume the position you are offering:
- Coordinated all home care plans for discharged patients for Landry Medical Center
- Oversaw patient psychosocial evaluations and developed individualized social service plans for Graze Hospital
- Organized patient care conferences to educate doctors, nurses and other health professionals in the social and emotional impact of illness on patients and families for Lambert Hospital
- Awarded Master of Social Work from New York University
My ability to collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds to reach each patient’s health care goal is one of my strongest assets. I will continue to use my organizational, communication and managerial skills and my knowledge of healthcare evaluation and discharge procedures to make certain that each patient of your facility receives the continuing care to meet their specific needs.
I look forward to speaking with you in person about this position.
Thank you for your consideration.