• Eligibility : 10th/12th/Degree


A Medical Social Worker also known as a Healthcare Social Worker plays an important role in the healthcare stream. The focus is more on patient’s psychosocial needs than their physical care. They work in areas of care management and assist patients and families in understanding patient conditions and treatments. As a medical social worker, one has to work upon developing strategies for coping up with stress, assess patients needs, provide emotional support to patient and family members and mental assessment on the patient. At times he/she also needs to offer bereavement counseling, assist with patient discharge and handle arrangement of in-home care services.

career growth

  • Provide support to Patients to cope up with chronic, acute or terminal illnesses.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs and plan treatments
  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients.
  • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education.
  • Investigate cases like women and child abuse or neglect cases, substance abuse issues and take authorized protective action when necessary.
  • Investigate legal issues.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record patient’s progress and maintain records.
  • Plan discharge from care facility to home or other care facility.
  • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
  • Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
  • Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development.
  • Conduct social research to advance knowledge in the social work field.


As a medical social worker there are opportunities in various organizations like :

  • Hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes
  • Community mental health agencies and substance misuse clinics
  • State and local governments including child welfare agencies and departments of health and human services
  • Schools and other youth-serving organizations
  • Military bases and veterans affairs clinics
  • Private practices

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