Program Secretary - Gastroenterology

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The Program Secretary - Gastroenterology provides secretarial support for the Section of Gastroenterology. See #Responsibilities. The role is currently held by:

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Physicians Supported

 supported by
Dr. Alexandra Ilnyckyj
Dr. Charles BernsteinEmma Shaw
Dr. Dana Moffatt
Dr. Donald DuerksenEmma Shaw
Dr. Gerard Coneys
Dr. Harminder SinghEmma Shaw
Dr. Michael CantorEmma Shaw
Dr. Seth ShafferEmma Shaw


  • Answers phones for Gastroenterology Offices (789-3369) as well as any call transfers.
  • Patients phoning regarding insurance papers or any other documents left with physicians for signatures etc., take their name, phone number and check with physicians.
  • All other incoming calls, determine the nature and urgency of the call, handle routine matters, take and relay messages for physicians and prioritize as needed.
  • Leave detailed message on voicemail when absent directing callers to proper back ups.
  • Cover other staff in office for sick relief or vacation as needed.
  • Make appointments with pharmaceutical reps for the doctors.

Fax and photocopy

  • Check fax machine at Program Secretary Desk in 804B regularly for any incoming faxes from 787-4063 (Jenalyn Uygen, Surgical Office Assistant to Dr. Lipschitz and Dr. McKay, Radiology Rounds Co-ordinator for Dr. Michael Cantor's Radiology Rounds) phone 204-787-1127; Fax 204-787-4851.

Other items that would arrive at this fax # are Capsule Endoscopy Requests for Dr. Bernstein, insurance documents for all Gastroenterology physicians)

  • Prescription requests received on our fax are returned to sender via fax with a coversheet advising them to redirect their prescription request to the clinic fax (204-940-8176) and that our copy will be destroyed.
  • Fax and/or photocopy any insurance, MPI, WCB or disability documents, and send to billing Physician Billing Services and keep copy in binders. These copies do not go on HSC chart.
  • These packages are picked up every Monday morning, write #1 on the envelope for Dr. Bernstein AND write #2 for Dr. Targownik, Dr. Cantor & Dr. Singh, as per the physician's
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In-patient consults from HSC and other hospitals

  • Consults are faxed to us from HSC and other hospitals.
  • They are to be sent to clinic to be scanned into Accuro.

Mail deliveries

  • Cost Centre # (SAP): 10400279
  • Accept and distribute any mail/deliveries received for physicians.
  • Sign for deliveries from FedEx etc.
  • Sign for courier packages for M. Sargent - these typically contain specimens and must be either delivered directly to him or refrigerated immediately in the 817C lab fridge.

Capsule Study Faxes

These are results from colonoscopies for Dr. Bernstein's research. These are faxed to our office and and placed in the black tray on the corner of Emma's desk for Dr. Bernstein to retrieve.

Other duties

  • Complete HSC Timekeeping every Thursday.
  • Submit DOCSS each month for physicians in the section for their on-call schedule (See Appendix # 3).
  • On Fridays, collect all billings and send to Physician Billing Services.
  • Help other staff in office when needed.
  • Remind the doctors of upcoming meetings.
  • Pathology Rounds for all Gastroenterologists once a month
  • Radiology Rounds for Dr. Michael Cantor.
  • Maintain and update patient database on blue password-protected jumpdrive for Dr. Charles Bernstein.
  • Research Ethics Board (REB): Dr. Singh's REB files are located in Room 804B bottom drawer; Dr. Bernstein's are located at 804B second drawer. Upon request, complete the Annual Study Status form, by searching on the University of Manitoba's website for the most current form.

Endoscopy and Gastroscopy Reports

  • Physicians will leave Endoscopy and Gastroscopy Reports in their offices for collection each morning, mail Endoscopy and Gastroscopy Reports to referring physicians and send copies to clinic to be scanned into Accuro. The cover letters do not need to be sent to clinic (these go to referring physicians only). Dr. Bernstein will provide the reports to be scanned into Accuro only (his do not get sent to referring physician). * Dr. Singh & Dr. Cantor will provide reports to be mailed to referring physician, in addition to being sent to clinic. Check that both copies are provided and create copies if needed (they do not need to be sent in colour to referring physician.

General billing

  • Collect all billing (6 month cut-off period from the date-of-service for claim submission effective January 1, 2018) from all the physicians, and on Monday send to:

Physician Billing Services

The official contact for Gastroenterology billing is:

Rosario Padilla
Office No.: (204) 988-4869
Fax No.: (204) 988-4870

Note: Dr. Bernstein will put a copy of his clinic day sheet into his billing envelope to be sent to MD Practice. He will leave a copy for entry into the GI database.

Supplies, maintenance, housekeeping

Section meetings and minutes

  • Gastroenterology Section Meetings
  • Held quarterly @ 7am before clinic or endoscopy begins.
  • The minutes of the meeting and Agenda are sent out at least a week ahead of time and a copy is kept in a binder on bookshelf.
  • Participate and take minutes at the Gastroenterology Medicine Section meeting and transcribe minutes of meeting.
  • The section meetings are confidential and any information discussed at these meetings shall be kept confidential and released to individuals on a need-to-know basis or on the approval or at the request of the Section Head - Gastroenterology only.
  • GI Research Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month in the JBRC800 Boardroom.

Physician absence notification

Program Secretary handles the Physician Absence notifications. When a physician is going to be away, send an e-mail to the section notifying the other physicians of the absence. Complete a clinic and/or endoscopy cancellation form for planned absences.


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