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Medical assistants will update medical records of patients, insurance
also completed, and admissions to the hospital and also laboratory
are also arranged. They might perform duties that are not as specific
to the medical settings they are use too, for instance, answering the
telephones, greeting the patients, handling everyday
correspondence, scheduling patient appointments, and performing billing
and many bookkeeping duties.
Medical assistants will most of the
time, collect many laboratory specimens and help prepare them, used
supplies are then disposed of, and they also will sterilize all medical
Medical assistants will prepare examining rooms
equipment and instruments, fill out purchase orders and inventory all
office supplies, and at the same time keeping examining rooms neat and
As directed by a physician, they might educate patients about their
medications and any special diets, telephone prescriptions
for pickup at a local
pharmacy, draw blood, help to prepare a patient for their x
rays, also take
electrocardiograms, many times they will remove sutures, and also
change dressings for many patients.
assistant programs are generally offered everywhere. Vocational
post secondary vocational schools, and quite a few community colleges
and always at junior colleges and we also do not want to forget,
Post secondary study programs will usually last 1 year and will then
result in you receiving
a certificate or diploma, or they could last 2 years and then
will result in you receiving an associate degree.
Although it is preferred to
have formal training in this field of work, it is not required. Most
medical assistants will be aggressively trained on the job.
will help you get a position faster and indicates to the health care
provider that you meet acceptable standards of knowledge. It will also
help you to distinguish to an employer that you are experienced and
have been formally trained, which in turn, should and will lead to a
higher salary and opportunities. There are many associations out
there—such as the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and
also the Association of Medical Technologists (AMT)—that will award all
certification credentials to all medical assistants.
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