4 Reasons We Love Medical Assistants
You’re a lifesaver, boo!
On a busy Tuesday afternoon at the clinic, you’re there checking in patients with a smile, taking vitals, and keeping the wait time down so everyone’s happy. At the hospital, you’re dispensing medications, giving us an extra hand when we need it most. Entering patient records in the system, scheduling appointments, pulling reports …
How do we love you? Let us count the ways!
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1. You’re cross-trained
Doctor’s offices love medical assistants because their education is broad, and they can be trained to fill the specific needs of the office. An MA is trained in both clinical and administrative realms. They might be behind the desk coding insurance requests, answering phones, and faxing prescriptions. Or they might be assigned to the floor, explaining treatment to a patient, drawing blood, and performing lab tests.
Medical assistants have a broad range of skills. They are the help and the extra hand doctors desperately need.
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2. You can take administrative roles
In addition to office duties, MAs are a favorite liaison between patients and medical staff. They make follow-up phone calls after visits, notify patients of lab results, review medications with patients, and often help with language and cultural brokering.
- Answer telephones
- Greet and check in patients
- Update and fill patient medical records
- Code and fill out insurance forms
- Schedule appointments
- Arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services
- Handle correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
3. You can assume clinical duties
State regulations differ, but in general, an MA’s clinical duties include procedures like urinalysis, strep tests, blood pressure checks, weight checks, electrocardiograms, venipuncture, and injections.
MAs may also find themselves:
- Prepping patients for examination
- Helping the doctor during exams
- Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
- Performing laboratory tests
- Administering medications as directed by a physician
- Drawing blood
- Removing sutures and changing dressings
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4. Medical assistants make great specialists
While MAs are cherished for their versatility, they’re also adept at finding a specialty and running with it. With such versatile education and training, many of them find careers as specialists in their own right. Specialties include clinical fields like:
- Elder care
- Emergency medicine
We should say it more often: We think you’re wonderful! Never change.
Your nurses, doctors, admins, and patients
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