Carrie Cunningham

Carrie Cunningham

Posted on 01/22/2014


Video filmed on the September 26, 2012



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Medical Assistant Program : Career Point College

NATURE OF THE WORK
Medical Assistants complete routine clinical or clerical duties to keep offices of chiropractors functioning properly. The tasks of Medical Assistants change from office to office, depending on the office specialty. In small practices, Medical Assistants generally handle both clerical and clinical duties and report directly to an office manager, physician or another healthcare practitioner. Those in large practices generally focus in a particular area with the supervision of department supervisors.
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
Medical Assistants should be able to perform clerical tasks. Those duties might include answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, completing insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling patient appointments, arranging for hospital admission and lab tests, or handling billing and paperwork.
CLINICAL (BACK OFFICE) RESPONSIBILITIES
Medical Assistants will spend a lot of their time in the clinic area. Clinical duties may include taking medical histories and taking vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, scheduling patients for examinations and helping during examinations.
They might also gather and prepare laboratory samples or complete basic laboratory tests. They instruct patients about prescriptions and special diets, prepare and administer medications as instructed by a doctor, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, take EKGs, remove sutures or reapply dressings.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Medical Assistants work in a well-lit, sanitary. They constantly interact with physicians, and will possibly have to hold several responsibilities at once.
EMPLOYMENT
Jobs are is expected to rise much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the next ten years. Employment should be plentiful, especially for those with experience, and certification.
Helping to drive employment growth is the increasing amount of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need a lot of additional employees, particularly medical assistants who can handle both clerical and clinical tasks. furthermore, they typically work in primary care, a consistently growing sector of the healthcare field.
ADVANCEMENT
Medical Assistants working in a hospital may be able to earn a promotion to office manager. Medical Assistants might qualify for many administrative support occupations, or can instruct medical assisting. Some individuals, with additional schooling, enter other health career such as nursing, medical technology, and healthcare administration.

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