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Medical Assisting: One of The Fastest-Growing Practices In The World

Medical Assisting: One of The Fastest-Growing Practices In The World

 

As medical assisting continues to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the world with a predicted growth rate of 29% in the coming years, medical assistants with formal training as well as certified and experienced individuals are the best for job prospects. 

Basically, medical assisting entails performing different routines, clinical and administrative tasks in order for the offices and clinics of podiatrists, chiropractors, physicians, and optometrists to run smoothly.  They are even starting to work in hospitals.

The Main Administrative Duties

Also, medical assisting vary from office to office depending on the specialty, size, and office location. Generally, the practice comprises of reporting to the supervising physician and handling both clinical and administrative duties such as: 

  • Scheduling of appointments,
  • Answering telephone calls
  • Updating and filing of patient medical records,
  • Filling out insurance forms,
  • Greeting patients,  
  • Bookkeeping and billing services
  • Arrangements for hospital admission and
  • Laboratory services.

When it comes to the clinical duties in medical assisting, they vary according to state and local laws. This is done under supervised conditions - and they include everything from recording to taking vital signs from patients, preparation of patients for x-rays, removing sutures, draw blood and also authorize drug refills.

The Specialization and Skills Needed

Medical assisting requires specialization - but also constant interaction with other people. As such, it involves handling several responsibilities all at once. The following are some of the main features of this emerging practice: 

  • Individuals in the medical assisting profession need to find a way to interact with co-workers, families, patients and individuals from various emotional, intellectual and cultural backgrounds.
  • The practice involves a quick thinking ability. This is necessary in order to give a good clinical judgement. Individuals involved in medical assisting should be able to identify the cause and effect relationship in actual and simulated clinical situations. They should also be able to make use of basic mathematical skills.
  • Use of physical abilities which are sufficient enough to maneuver in small spaces, move around and within an exam room. Administer CPR, Transfer patients from examination tables to stretchers and wheelchairs.
  • The professionals must be able to assess and monitor the health needs of the patients, hear patients, cries of distress and also monitor and record vital signs.
  • The practitioners must also be able to observe client responses which is necessary for physical assessment, and also to give a clear assessment and performance of medical procedures.
  • Medical assistants must have a tactile ability which is necessary to able to perform palpation techniques.
  • The ability to be stable emotionally and also at alert mentally in situations of high pressure/stress with staff, colleagues and supervisors
  • Individuals in the medical assisting profession must be able to distinguish drugs and chemicals that are required for both medical office/clinical operations.

The Benefits of Becoming Certified In Medical Assisting

Just like many medical professions, medical assistants (MA’s) require proper training and education. Many of them get their education from educational programs online - and some get required training from technical institutes and vocational schools that are postsecondary institutions. 

After graduation, many healthcare organizations prefer Medical Assistants to be certified.  One of the most broadly recognized is the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) which is administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Below are some of the reasons why medical assisting is a beneficial job. 

  • One of the wonderful benefits of being a certified medical assistant is the attractive salary but also the attractive schedule – normally you are working daytimes, allowing you to have evenings and weekends with your family.
  • Patients are reassured of the skills of a medical assistant - and are confident that what they are doing is the best for them throughout their recovery process.
  • Due to the fierce competition for jobs as medical assistants, there is an increased chance of being invited for an interview and greater chances of getting employed.
  • As a certified medical assistant, one has more chances in getting a job in the field that they are comfortable with
  • Many series of training undergone by medical assistants can only be done if you are certified. The CCMA, for example, has to be renewed every two years. As a certified medical assistant, you would be able to partake in continuous education giving you an in-depth knowledge of your field.
  • Certification for medical assisting has become increasingly important nowadays  - one may not be able to retain your  job as a medical assistant without the required certification
  • Medical assisting based on the State and Local laws may require certification for clinical operations especially for responsibilities such as the drawing of blood from patients, suturing wounds and prescribing medicine.
  • Certified medical assistants are able to work with a range of professional physicians such as pediatricians, orthopedics, podiatrists and many others - however, a certain amount of specialization is required for some of these fields.

A Final Word

In the years to come, medical assisting will gain more prominent. Currently, the industry has a growth rate of 29%. 

Therefore, becoming a certified medical assistant has a benefit which is self-fulfilling. As such, not only will you be earning a good income for your services - but you will also be able to make a difference in the life of every person.

 

ABCs of Student Success

ABCs of Student Success

As another exciting class module begins, I would like to offer you, our PCI students, my ABC’s of PCI success. I have seen all of you learn and grow in your programs, some jumping right in and some a little slower to build up momentum, but all of you developing into the ideal candidate for a future employer in your own ways. So, as they say, “easy as ABC,” here are the steps to PCI student success:

A – Ask!

                I cannot stress enough how important it is to ask for whatever it is you need. Do you need help navigating Canvas? Are you stuck on a particular formula? Can’t remember if the hip bone really connects to the thigh bone? All of the staff, instructors, and even your fellow students here at PCI are here for you. We are a community of people working to build each other up and see each other succeed! If you need help with an assignment, career placement, uploading an assignment, even finding a ride to class… all you have to do is ASK!

 

B—Balance!

                If you attend PCI, I am going to make a safe assumption that you are balancing something. Whether it’s home life, a job or three, a family, or free time, you need to learn to balance it! Set aside time for homework! Plan out and schedule your school work during a time you know you will be able to focus. If you need to wait until kids go to bed, work is over, your favorite show has aired, or you finally folded all that laundry you’ve been putting off, that’s great! At least you know exactly when you’re going to sit down and get it done. Having trouble balancing? Reach out! As your Student Services Coordinator, I would be more than happy to sit down with you and help you work out a plan to rock it out! Again, we are here to serve you and help you be successful!

 

C—Courage!

                If you’re feeling stuck, sad, frustrated, or downright angry about your coursework, remember how much courage it took to take the leap. You may not have known if you could pull this off, but here you are! Making a change in your life takes courage, whether it feels that way or not. All of us at PCI are your cheerleaders, coaches, and confidants! We are so excited that you are here and always want you to remember that YOU did this. You are here because you had the courage to start, and you will be successful because you had the courage to finish.

 

                Thank you for being a student at PCI. We are over the moon that you chose us, and cannot wait to be here to support you when you graduate and beyond. Remember, please reach out if you need help, work to balance your life to achieve all your goals, and keep in mind how courageous this next chapter in your life is. As always, reach out to me if you need ANYTHING, even if it has nothing to do with your online classroom J

What does a Medical Assistant do?

What does a Medical Assistant do?

What does a Medical Assistant do?

A Medical Assistant is a common allied health profession, but not one that is often defined in their role.  Whenever you go to your doctor’s office, chances are outside of the physician, everyone else you have been in contact with is a Medical Assistant.  

Medical Assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties.  These can range from basic billing and coding procedures and checking patients in and out, to administering injections or medications and performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures.  Medical Assistants have variety in settings and a variety in patients, as well as changes in daily tasks.  It would be difficult to have “just another day at the office” if you were a Medical Assistant.

O*Net Online lists some of the tasks for a Medical Assistant as:

  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records. 
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean. 
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height. 
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician. 
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician. 
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing. 
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies. 
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients. 
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies. 
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses. 
  • Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms. 
  • Greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic. 
  • Schedule appointments for patients. 
  • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures. 
  • Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission. 
  • Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment. 
  • Operate x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests. 
  • Change dressings on wounds. 
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment. 
  • Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients.

Where Medical Assistants work is also a variable.  Although they typically work in medical offices, they also work in clinics, and urgent care centers.  Normally they do not work in hospitals but as the demand for healthcare employees continues to grow, so do opportunities for Medical Assistants.  Even when they work in a physician’s office, the different patients for either a general practitioner or specialist make each office very different.

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