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So You Want to Make a Difference? Be a Medical Assistant


From the largest hospital to the smallest local clinic, medical assistants make a difference in the world of healthcare.

Healthcare is a team effort. Broadly speaking, medical assistants are the people who help keep healthcare moving forward. Doctors, nurses, and patients rely on the administrative and medical work that MAs perform, making medical assistants the backbone of any medical facility.

And make no mistake — that role is in demand. Healthcare is one of the biggest sectors of the American economy and has reliably been in demand regardless of how the economy is doing. Here are a few ways medical assistants make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers.

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You’ll affect healthcare everywhere.

Medical assistants must work with nearly every role in the healthcare cycle. Communicating with doctors and nurses versus patients requires diverse skillsets and methods of working together.

Administrative tasks

Hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers are often large institutions. Like any large institution, administration is key to them functioning well, or at all. MAs are the ones who perform many of those key administrative tasks. They code patients’ medical information, fill out insurance forms, answer phones, and call in prescriptions to pharmacies.

Without a medical assistant providing that information in a professional and accurate way, no one would be able to receive or provide healthcare in a timely or effective manner.

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Clinical tasks

Thousands of clinical tasks need to happen every day in a medical center or hospital. There are tests to run, instruments to sterilize, equipment to maintain, blood to draw, hazardous material to handle, and more. None of these tasks are trivial.

To ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and the best healthcare possible, medical assistants have to perform all of those tasks with precision. Healthcare can sometimes be a delicate business (we’re dealing with people’s lives, after all) and every small step is an opportunity for something detrimental to happen. MAs play a very active role in preventing that.

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Enter the healthcare field fast.

Becoming a medical assistant is one of the fastest ways to join the healthcare industry. Ameritech’s program is under one year, and you’ll get the training and expertise you need to get a job and start improving the lives of others in a very real way. If you’re eager to make a difference, becoming an MA is the career path for you.

What’s more, you’ll also make a good living while doing it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for medical assistants is $31,540.

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Medical assisting is a gateway.

Becoming an MA can be a springboard to a variety of other healthcare careers or specialties for medical assistants. MAs do everything from operating heavy medical equipment like dialysis machines to doing the precise work of drawing blood as a phlebotomist.

Every single member of a healthcare team has the potential to be the one who gives a patient a moment of hope, care, and light. You don’t have to be an MD to make people feel welcome or hopeful in the midst of a health-related ordeal. To be that ray of hope for patients, you have to be principled, professional, and dedicated. If you internalize those values, you’ll make a difference in the lives of others, even when filling out a schedule or insurance form.

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