Medical assistants execute routine clinical and administrative responsibilities to maintain the clinics and offices of many health professionals operating efficiently.
Medical assistants must no be confused with Physician Assistants. Physician Assistants have greater responsibilities, and in fact, they diagnose, treat and examine patients under direct supervision of a doctor. Responsibilities differ from place to place and rely on the location and dimension of the office and if a Medical Assistants is specialized or not.
In small agencies, most Medical Assistants manage both clinical and administrative responsibilities and are called ?generalists.? Also, Medical Assistants in small agencies must go straight to a medical doctor, health practitioner or office administrator. In larger agencies, most Medical Assistants have to specialize in one area and get in contact with section supervisors or other operation ones.
Some of their responsibilities are to take blood, sterilize medical instruments, perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean, operate a computerized patient management system, perform CPR and emergency first aid, assist the physician during the examination, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, take electrocardiograms, arrange examining room instruments and equipment, and manage office emergencies.
Most companies have a preference for graduates who studied an accredited Medical Assisting plan. Those plans are provided in universities, colleges, junior colleges and postsecondary vocational schools. Postsecondary programs regularly last either 1 year or fewer and give a diploma or certificate or 2 years an associate level. Some high schools provide lessons that cover those requirements. Moreover, volunteering in a healthcare location offer enough instruction to start a career in medical assistance.