Each day in the life of a medical assistant is different and can be challenging at times. However, work in this position is fast-paced and rewarding! A great example of a possible career path in which a medical assistant would encounter the aforementioned descriptors is an urgent care center.
At Family First Urgent Care, providers are constantly treating non-life-threatening illnesses that may fall beyond the traditional scope of primary offices. Common situations encountered by medical assistants at both their offices in Oakhurst and Toms River include: EKGs, Infections, Injuries, Lacerations, and Drug Testing.
The first step for a medical assistant is patient care. Medical assistants are usually the first liaison to a patient once they enter the exam room. Medical assistants greet the patient as well as take notes, to decipher the reason the patient is visiting urgent care.
After that, a medical assistant takes the patient’s vitals. The medical assistant will brief the provider on the notes and vitals regarding the patient. During the visit with the provider, a medical assistant will then aid the provider in their care of the patient, including injections and drawing blood.
In between direct patient care, medical assistants spend time by logging into their Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system to check messages and faxes.
A medical assistant will help in completing various tasks had by the facility. These tasks include: prior authorizations and scheduling appointments. As explained, the day of a medical assistant at an urgent care can be very busy and uses a variety of medical and administrative skills.
Ultimately, urgent care centers, such as Family First, heavily rely on their medical assistants as they are vital part in a patient’s experience.
Family First Urgent Care is open evening and weekends with no appointment needed. For more on the services offered by Family First Urgent Care, visit here.
For more on Advantage Career Institute’s Medical Assistant Certification Program, visit here.