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Why Choose a Career in Medical Assisting?

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If you are looking into a career in healthcare and want a job that will allow you to do meaningful work and heal your community, then qualifying as a medical assistant could be the right step for you. Medical assistants are the essential backbone of any healthcare practice, providing a vital link between the patients and the doctors. As a medical assistant, you can expect to always be challenged at work, never be bored and make a meaningful contribution to your patient's wellbeing. So, if you are considering a career in healthcare, here are three good reasons you should train..

Three Reasons You Should Train As A Medical Assistant

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If you're considering pursuing a career in healthcare, then training as a medical assistant will allow you to do meaningful work every day and acquire the skills you need to make a real difference in your community.   Medical assistants play a vital role in any healthcare provider. They are an essential part of the day-to-day operations and the work closely with the patients, often being the first person a patient sees when they enter a practice.   Because of the important role that medical assistants play in providing excellent healthcare, the number of open medical assisting positions in on..

How To Take Better Patient Histories

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Patient records are a vital part of modern healthcare, providing an invaluable record of the patient’s medical history. As a medical assistant, one of your responsibilities will be to create or update patient histories, recording previous illnesses, surgeries and vaccinations. Recording patient histories is normally a straightforward process, generally using a standardised form, but there are always ways to improve that process, making things quicker and easier for both you and the patient. Here are five things you can do to take better patient histories.   1. Build a rapport - The best way to make things easier for both..

How To Best Assist Elderly Patients

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The number of people classified as “elderly”, that is to say over the age of 65, in the U.S. population is predicted to rise 200% by 2030. With a potential 71 million elderly Americans seeking healthcare over the next decade, medical assistants will be assisting more patients over the age of 65 than ever before. With this in mind, developing your skills when it comes to dealing with the elderly is vital, especially for those who are newly graduated and only just starting their careers in the healthcare sector.   While it is important not to generalize when it comes..

What Are The Benefits Of A Medical Assistant Externship?

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Medical Assistant externship occur at the end of a training course, are an excellent way to put your newly found skills into practice and gain valuable hands-on experience the medical field. While academic externships are unpaid, they can make a significant contribution to your career by providing you the experience, in a healthcare setting, that will help set you apart from other candidates when applying for jobs. Learning On The Job Learning under supervision - Active experience in a healthcare environment is an excellent way to sharpen your skills, but it can be daunting to transition from your medical assistant..

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?

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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

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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..