Medical Assistant - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Medical Assistant


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Job Description

 

Medical assistants are a vital part of the team in the offices and clinics of physicians, optometrists, chiropractors and podiatrists.

They are responsible for performing many of the routine administrative duties and common clinical tasks. A medical assistant must be proficient at both administrative and clinical duties. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists medical assisting as one of the fastest growing careers.

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Responsibilities

 

The duties of a medical assistant range from answering the telephone to greeting patients and filling out and updating medical records. They also schedule appointments and oversee correspondence and billing.

Common responsibilities of medical assistants include:

  • Preparing patients for examinations.

  • Handling billing and bookkeeping.

  • Managing hospital admission and services.

  • Obtaining patient medical histories.

  • Measuring vital signs.

  • Maintaining. accurate medical records

  • Assisting physicians during procedures and performing basic laboratory tests.

  • Authorizing prescription refills upon physician direction.

  • Educating patients of specialized diets and medications

  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimen.

  • Reporting to an attending physician or administrator.

In the clinical setting, medical assistants may obtain your medical history, prepare patients for examinations, assist the doctor directly during procedures and perform basic laboratory tests.

Duties may vary from office to office, depending on the specific needs of each individual employer. Medical assistants must comply with state laws that differ across the nation.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Although medical assistants can work in a variety of setting, most find employment in a clinic or doctor’s office.

This gives them a Monday through Friday work schedule in most cases, although some clinics and doctor’s offices may offer extended evening or weekend hours.

Here the medical assistant functions as a valuable member of the patient care team. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.19.2019
Job ID 84780 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health is seeking a full time Medical Assistant. What You Will Do: As the Medical Assistant you will provide an...
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01.09.2019
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04.19.2019
Job ID 84690 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health is seeking a full time Medical Assistant. What You Will Do: As the Medical Assistant you will provide an...
02.06.2019
Responsible for medical screening procedures and care of patients to physician office. Will be responsible for collecting blood samples, assisting the providers, as well as overall clerical duties. ***Must be willing to take AAMA certification...
04.19.2019
Job ID 84599 Full / Part Time: Per Diem Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Franklin Medical Center Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) in Greenfield, MA, is a 93-bed acute care community hospital....
04.19.2019
Job ID 82925 Full / Part Time: Per Diem Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health is seeking a per diem Medical Assistant for High Street Pediatrics. What you will do: Patient and Room Preparation -...
04.19.2019
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04.19.2019
Job ID 84602 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Holyoke, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health is seeking a full time Medical Assistant to work in our Call Center, the Contact Center. Under the direction of the...
04.19.2019
Surgical Specialties Cambridge has an opening for a full-time Medical Assistant. The primary role of this Medical Assistant will be to assist our physician and nursing staff in our fast paced multi-specialty surgical clinic. In addition, this...
04.19.2019
The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) has duties and responsibilities related to paitent care in the ambulatory clinic environment. The individual displays responsible behaviors, communicates effectively to...
03.25.2019
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare system serving central Alabama, providing comprehensive hospital-based and outpatient services to nearly 60 percent of the residents in Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties. To learn more about Baptist...
03.21.2019
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04.09.2019
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10.15.2018
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  2. Medical Assistant Moscow, ID Gritman Medical Center
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  7. Medical Assistant Per Diem Springfield, MO Baystate Medical Center
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