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Becoming a medical social worker requires a specific set of qualifications. Firstly, an individual must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution. Additionally, they must obtain licensure or certification in their state of practice. Medical social workers should also possess strong communication skills, empathy, and the ability to work with diverse populations. They should have knowledge of medical terminology and healthcare systems to effectively advocate for patients and their families. Experience working in healthcare settings is preferred but not always required. Medical social workers may also pursue additional certifications or specializations in areas such as hospice care or mental health services to enhance their expertise and career opportunities.