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Does a Medical Assistant Career Sound Appealing?

By Colin McLean

Preparing for a career as a medical assistant will require access to the right kind of training and education. The level of efficiency required to perform successfully is set high, as medical assistants must routinely perform clerical and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, chiropractors and other medical professionals.

Medical assistant classes and schools are usually structured to give the student access to a broad range of subjects that include training in: patient care and communication, clinical assisting and pharmacology, medical insurance, bookkeeping and health sciences, laboratory procedures, and medical law, ethics and psychology.

For those looking to land a medical assistant career, it’s important to note there are a myriad of factors that will affect his or her specific duties on a day-to-day basis. The top three factors include the size of the practice, location, and the physician’s particular specialty.

Depending on the state and its governing laws, a medical assistant may have differing clinical duties such as: taking the vital signs of patients, retrieving and documenting patient history, assisting physicians, helping to set up and conduct general laboratory test, and helping to sanitize and maintain medical supplies and equipment.

There can also be a great deal of interaction between the medical assistant and his or her patients, which may entail monitoring patient eating habits, educating patients about specific treatments, preparing and administering medications and adjusting dressings.

The two most highly recognized medial assisting certifications to be held include Certified Medical Assistant, and Registered Medical Assistant. For those looking to specialize, the field holds promise in such areas as surgery assistance, x-ray exposure and development, and ophthalmic medical assisting.

One of the greatest challenges will be the will to develop a strong level of commitment to an accredited medical assisting program. Your mindset and ability to research the top producing schools and then follow through will be one of the most crucial elements in determining your medical assistant training success and eventually launching a successful career.


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