What Qualities Does A Medical Assistant Need?

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When considering a new career, it is best to analyze the skills and qualities most required for that position, so you can match them up with your own strengths and abilities. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the four key qualities needed to excel as a medical assistant are analytical skills, a detail oriented outlook, good interpersonal skills and technical skills. To help you understand exactly what those mean we’ve explained them in a little more detail.   Good analytical skills - Strong analytical skills are a key quality in a medical assistant...

How Empowering Medical Assistants Helps To Improve Patient Care

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Medical Assistants (MAs) are a fundamental part of any healthcare practice, providing vital administrative and patient-facing support that contributes towards the delivery of a higher standard of care and service. As part of an emerging healthcare trend, the often underutilized MAs are being empowered to become a key part of a focus on comprehensive and coordinated care.   Part of the drive to empower MAs is the increasingly diverse patient population and increased demand for healthcare in the U.S, generated by an aging population. By elevating the role of the MA, the pressure on a given practice’s physicians is reduced,..

Medical Assistant vs Medical Administrative Assistant

Women Medical Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant

What Are The Differences? On the surface there doesn't seem to be much difference between medical assistant and medical administrative assistant but, despite the similarity in names, the two positions have very different roles and responsibilities.   Both medical assistants and medical administrative assistants are customer facing, and they are one of the first members of a clinical practice to interact with patients during the 990 million visits we make to a healthcare provider each year. The difference between the two roles becomes more apparent when it comes to treating those patients, as the medical administrative assistant is primarily clerical..

Why Is There A Growing Demand for Medical Assistants?

Growing Demand for Medical Assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022. Outpatient centers alone are projected to require a 57% increase the number of medical assistants hired in the next ten years. With this unprecedented surge in available positions, the question remains - why is there such a demand for medical assistants and is now the best time to consider training as one? Why Is Demand Growing? Healthcare is a complicated issue, and there are a number of reasons why there has been a sudden upsurge in demand for medical..

4 Golden Rules to Survive as a Medical Assistant

Survive as a Medical Assistant

If you want to work as a medical assistant, you should know you got out of the frying pan and thrown into the fire when you step into the professional world. Therefore you should prepare your mind for tough challenges and change your comfort zone from time to time.   Following, we are going to discuss the golden rules you should follow to survive as an assistant. Learn the Ropes Working as a Medical Assistant, your biggest responsibility is patient flow. You have to ensure everything goes smooth. Therefore you need to learn the ropes from your first day. You..

What is medical scribe and what does medical scribe do?

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With the ever-increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) and the higher level of documentation required in EHRs, physicians are needing help maintaining records adequately. The medical scribe is an important part of the health care team typically not directly involved in clinical duties. The scribe serves as the recorder, much like a stenographer in a court room. A scribe is efficient with computers, EHRs and has a good understanding of medical terminology. Also, the scribe must have good listening skills and attention to detail.   When working alongside a physician, the scribe will record almost all aspects of the encounter...

Why I Love Being a Medical Assistant

Female Medical Assistant

Medical assisting was never a job to me, it was a calling. Many medical assistants move on to higher education but I never sought that out because I was so happy with my part in the medical industry. There are so many choices of specialties and types of venues that most anyone can find something and some place that suits them. We have traditionally been locked into office clinics, however we are breaking into urgent cares and even hospitals working under hospitalists.   Assisting providers to make a difference in the lives of the concerned and frightened patients is very..

Preparing Your Patients for an MRI


As Medical Assistants, one of our duties is preparing our patient for radiological procedures. One procedure in particular can be very trying for a patient: the MRI. Although this is a minimally invasive procedure many patients find it extremely uncomfortable.   Because patients are placed in a narrow tube for this test to be performed, many patients who suffer from claustrophobia, a very common fear of enclosed spaces, have a very difficult time with this test.  Medical Assistants need to inform patients before their appointments that they will be confined in the tube for approximately 60 minutes and that they..

When Do Drug Clinical Trials Cross The Line Of Ethical Behavior?


Clinical trials for new medications is a valuable tool to test the effects on humans. The most important thing in this matter is whether or not it is harmful to humans. That being said, this comes at a cost. Do these trials cause more harm than is needed? Are they being properly supervised? Is the proper medical care available if something goes wrong?   Clinical trials are simply the act of giving someone a drug and seeing what the effects are. Does it do what it is intended for? What are the negative effects? People are recruited and stay for..

Can You Personally Change A Patient’s Experience At The Doctor’s Office?


I recently went to a doctor’s office and had a rather lack luster experience when checking in. When I approached the front desk there was another patient checking in so I stood back, waiting to be called. Shortly I saw a hand come out of the window and a flat voice say “Over here.”   I walked up to the window and said “Hi” and was greeted with “Patient’s name?”   I gave the name and once again the hand came out of the window for the ID cards in mine. Cards taken and a clipboard emerged with attached paper..