Responsibilities of a Medical Assistant
Whether you watch the news, or you read healthcare blogs and articles, you should know that the healthcare industry is growing. With that said, there is a growing need for healthcare professionals. If you want to enter the healthcare field, now is a great time for you to do so.
One of the most popular job choices in the healthcare field is a medical assistant. This job is ideal for individuals who want to be an integral part of the healthcare field while earning a decent salary and working towards growth within the office they are employed.
If becoming a medical assistant is something you want to do, take a moment to review some of the responsibilities of a medical assistant below.
RECORD MEDICAL HISTORIES OF PATIENTS
One of the key roles as a medical assistant will be recording the medical histories of patients. It is important that you know how to properly do this as it is crucial to patient care. Without proper medical history documentation, doctors and nurses would not know how to treat a patient or what the patient is allergic to or the symptoms he or she is experiencing.
As a medical assistant, you will document a patient’s medical history when the patient arrives for their appointment. You will be responsible for relaying this information to the doctor as well.
ASSIST PHYSICIANS DURING EXAMINATIONS
Another responsibility you will have as a medical assistant is assisting physicians during their patient examinations. While you will not be examining the patient yourself, you will be the physician’s right-hand man or woman.
As an assistant in the patient exam room, you will be expected to help patients get up and down on the table, assist the physician with making sure that all examination tools are sterile and ready to be used, and other similar tasks.
TAKE PATIENT’S VITAL SIGNS
In your role as a medical assistant, you will, at some point, take patient’s vital signs. This is usually done before the patient arrives in the exam room or as they enter the exam room.
Some of the vital signs you will be responsible for taking include blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, and heart rate. Often, you will also measure the patient’s eye sight, hearing, or even take measurements.
PERFORM BLOOD DRAWS, GIVE VACCINATIONS, & PREPARE LAB SPECIMENS
Depending on the exact responsibilities you are tasked with, some medical assistants perform blood draws and prepare the lab specimens to be sent out to the lab. If you do not work in a facility that draws blood, then you would not be tasked with this responsibility.
Most medical assistants, especially those in pediatric offices, are responsible for administering vaccinations too.
SEE WHAT THE MEDICAL INSTRUCTORS AT UEI COLLEGE HAVE TO SAY
The medical instructors at UEI College want you to succeed and they have provided some helpful tips and advice below for you to review.
Reina Rodriguez is a Medical Assistant Instructor at the Encino campus and she has seen her students succeed and learn the most from the available Human Anatomy and Physiology course. She believes that this course gives students the understanding they need of the human body system to be successful in their role. She also believes that the Administrative section of the course is beneficial because it teaches students about copayments, insurance, and appointment scheduling.
Brendalyth Alvarez, a Medical Assistant Instructor at the Huntington Park campus believes that students learn a lot of valuable knowledge in the MOD 160 course. This course introduces students to practical applications of where and how they will use their skills. The students will learn how to use a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, height and weight scales, and thermometers properly.
TRAIN FOR A CAREER AS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT TECHNICIAN TODAY
UEI College is proud to be able to offer students the opportunity to train as a medical assistant. The courses throughout the program help students receive the hands-on skills and training needed to properly work equipment in physician offices and hospitals, communicate with patients, and work closely with doctors and nurses. If you would like to learn more about the medical assistant program, contact UEI College today.
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