If you want to work in the field of healthcare, consider this career
Do you know any medical assistants? If you have been to the doctor’s office lately, you may have been shown to your room by a Medical Assistant. He or she may have taken your vital signs, asked about the reason for your visit, and shared the information with your doctor.
Many people are choosing to get trained as medical assistants so that they can be a part of the medical community without the time and expense of a full college degree. Most medical assistant schools can be completed within one year’s time.
At the Salter School in Massachusetts, we are proud of our medical assisting students. To show how much we appreciate them, we have put together this fun list of 5 cool things that medical assistants know. See if you agree that medical assisting is a career to be proud of!
1. How to Stay Cool Under Pressure
Medical assistants are trained in First Aid and CPR so that they are at-the-ready if a medical emergency should occur. They work in busy medical practices where no two days are the same. They are great at handling the unpredictable and managing the unexpected.
2. How to Draw Your Blood
Medical assistants undergo extensive training in phlebotomy—or drawing blood. Depending on where they work, they may or may not need to use this skill on an everyday basis. Many students enter medical assistant school with a fear of needles, and end up graduating as excellent phlebotomists!
3. How to Size Up Your Health
Medical assistants are not trained to diagnose any conditions, but they are at the front line of measuring your vitals. They start out each appointment by weighing the patient, measuring their height, and taking their blood pressure and temperature. These vital signs are very important indicators for doctors to help spot potential health problems, such as high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, heart problems, or other serious concerns.
4. What Your Insides Look Like
Medical assistants are required to take anatomy and physiology courses so that they gain a better understanding of how the human body works. They even participate in dissection lessons (or virtual dissection lessons) to truly understand how body systems are put together.
5. How to Show Kindness and Compassion
Medical assistants are often the first person that patients see when they walk into the exam area. A medical assistant is there to greet them and help them feel more at ease with their upcoming appointment. Medical assistants are great at setting the tone for the patient to have a positive appointment with the doctor or nurse.
Medical assisting can be a gratifying career if you are someone who wants to work within the healthcare system. If you are thinking about becoming a medical assistant, try learning more at 5 Things to Know About Becoming a Medical Assistant.
The Salter School offers a Medical Assistant training program in three locations in Massachusetts: Fall River, Tewksbury, and Malden. If you want to find out more, fill out our simple online form, and a representative will contact you. We hope your new career path begins with us!