Use these resources to strengthen your weakest areas
Medical assistant training can be a challenge. There are a lot of new things to learn when you are preparing for a job in the field of healthcare. Some students report that it is difficult to learn the medical terminology and pharmaceutical medications. Others find it hard to remember the steps involved in clinical procedures. But don’t worry…you are not alone!
There are many ways to get added help. First of all, your instructors are there to help you. They want you to gain a thorough understanding of the topics, and they want you to succeed in finding a job as a medical assistant. If you are having trouble, ask them for help. Your school may even offer extra tutoring services if you need them.
There are also other ways to improve your understanding. Many medical assistants like to prepare for exams by taking self-tests or self-assessments. These at-home tests let you quiz yourself on the key areas of medical assisting, and can show you the areas you need to work on. Next time you have an exam coming up, take a few moments to look at some of these ideas:
1. Free Study Resources at the AAMA
Have you considered joining a professional association? The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is a professional association for medical assistants, and it provides some free resources to help you study. Try the Medical Terminology Questions and the Anatomy and Physiology Questions. You will be given 50 multiple choice questions, along with an answer key so that you can see where you went wrong. Try these exams today, and see how you are doing.
2. Free Online Flash Cards
Flash cards may remind you of your elementary school days, but they can be a great way to study! Try the flashcards offered on Quizlet, Study Stack, and ProProfs. Often times these websites have practice tests too. Take a moment to compare the options and find the flashcards that work the best for you. The flashcards are geared toward people who are in medical assistant training and other related healthcare fields.
3. Medical Assistant Apps
Several companies publish apps that are handy for medical assisting students. These apps are even used by professional medical assistants who are already in the workforce. Some of the apps focus on special testing areas, like anatomy or physiology. These apps might provide flash cards and glossaries to help you get more comfortable with medical terminology. Others are focused strictly on test preparation, and contain sample tests for you to try. Take a look at some apps, and see which one best meets your needs.
CMA Test Prep by iMobiApp
Medical Assistant by Ion Citadel
iPhone, iPad, iPod
McGraw Hill Medical Assisting Review
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
CMA Test Prep by Med Preps LLC
RMA Medical Assistant Terms by Little Apps
Speed Anatomy Quiz by Benoit Essiambre
While training to become a medical assistant will never be easy, we hope that with these tools, your studies will become more efficient. We want to encourage you to keep working hard, seek out the help you need, and do what it takes to succeed in your new career field!
This article is courtesy of the Salter School. Serving Massachusetts with career-focused training, the Salter School offers four campuses, located in Tewksbury, Fall River, Malden, and New Bedford. Our career training programs include Professional Medical Assistant, Health Claims Specialist, Massage Therapy, and Pharmacy Technician. Contact us today to learn more!