Medical Assistants offer great support to doctors and are an essential role in the medical field. Medical Assistants complete a variety of administrative and clinical tasks and can become employed in hospitals, physicians offices, and many other healthcare facilities. Let’s get into some of the typical daily tasks of a Medical Assistant.
Working As A Medical Assistant
Medical Assistants provide services to both other medical professionals and also patients. They pretty much do it all, from fundamental tasks such as taking patients’ vitals and administering medications, to collecting medical history and even scheduling appointments or processing paperwork. Here are a few more daily tasks/duties of a Medical Assistant:
- Assisting doctors in physical exams and minor surgeries.
- Conduct basic lab tests on specimens
- Drawing blood from patients
- Giving patients injections or preparing them for x-rays
- Sterilizing medical instruments and sanitizing examination rooms.
- Performing EKGs and phlebotomy procedures.
- A thorough understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, and HIPAA regulations will be utilized throughout the Medical Assistant’s typical day.
- Updating patient electronic health records (EHR).
- Answering the phone and taking messages for doctors
- Greeting patients
- Billing and coding
- Entering patient information into medical records
- Scheduling appointments and exams
As you can tell, Medical Assistants have a wide range of daily tasks and the job requires a diverse skill set. This skill set allows them to work in both the clinical side of medical assisting as well as the administrative side.
Key Qualities of a Medical Assistant
Since Medical Assistants could have a variety of tasks day-to-day, they need to be well-rounded when it comes to their skill set. Medical Assistants must be detail-oriented, able to communicate effectively with doctors and patients, and have solid analytical and technical skills.
A good understanding of medical charts, the ability to use basic clinical instruments, strong communication skills, and attention to detail are all essential skills of a Medical Assistant.
Where Can Medical Assistants Work?
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistants often work in physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and more. Let’s go into depth about the types of environments Medical Assistants can work in.
Many Medical Assistants work at a physician’s office or clinic. Medical Assistants that work in physicians’ offices may have the responsibility of both clinical and administrative tasks.
Many Medical Assistants also choose to work in a hospital setting. Hospitals will typically be opened 24/7 and Medical Assistants could work at any time of the day. Working in a hospital setting is typically more high pressure because of the emergency services they provide.
Elderly people typically need more assistance, therefore Medical Assistants are able to put all of their skills to use in a nursing home. Medical Assistants will help residents with their daily tasks such as hygiene, helping them into their wheelchairs, and providing first aid for them. Nursing homes actually hire a lot of Medical Assistants rather than physicians since most of the residents aren’t sick and have their own primary doctors.
Medical Assistants in chiropractic offices will typically perform more administrative tasks since this type of practice does not require many clinical procedures. Medical Assistants who are organized and enjoy interacting with people would find working in a chiropractor’s office very pleasant.
Medical Assistants can work in outpatient facilities which are different from both hospitals and clinics. These are medical offices and can provide psychiatric outpatient care. Typically outpatient facilities don’t require an overnight stay and Medical Assistants usually perform both administrative and clinical tasks. Outpatient facilities are less stressful than hospitals and tend to be open 7 days a week.
If you are a Medical Assistant interested in working at a women’s health office, a gynecologist’s office would be best for you. The Medical Assistant will have to perform many clinical tasks like taking patients’ vitals and keeping accurate records. MA’s will also have some administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments and answering patient questions. The hours here will be more regular than working in a hospital.
Learn More About Our Medical Assistant Certification Program
At ACI Medical & Dental School, our faculty and administration are committed to your success, and our affiliation agreements with major New Jersey hospitals, doctor offices, and clinics provide students with internship and future employment opportunities. If you are interested in enrolling in ACI Medical & Dental School’s Medical Assistant Certification program, contact us today and take the first step towards an exciting, in-demand new career!