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A Day in the Life of a Medical Assistant

Category(ies): Professional Medical Assistant

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If you are considering getting career training, it’s a good idea to find out what your new career will be like before you start your training. Medical assistant training is one of the career-focused training programs that you can choose at the Salter School. This article can help you decide whether this is a good career path for you.

What does a medical assistant do on the job? What would a typical day be like for you if you chose this career path? The main responsibilities of a medical assistant include both administrative and clinical duties. On the job, you might have responsibilities such as:

  • Recording patient histories
  • Updating electronic health records
  • Making patient appointments
  • Greeting patients
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Processing lab specimens
  • Preparing exam rooms

In a typical day, you might handle a wide range of activities. A medical assistant has to be flexible and adaptable to handle the various tasks that may come up in a busy medical practice. Take a look at a typical day on the job.

Getting started in the morning
Medical assistants begin their days by checking the day’s schedule of patients. They need to see which patients are scheduled and the kinds of exams that are expected so that they can prepare the rooms with the right supplies. They may need to check supplies of vaccinations, syringes, wound dressings, and other items that will be used throughout the day.

The appointments begin
Once the patient appointments begin, the day can get pretty busy. Medical assistants need to help keep appointments on time. Usually the medical assistant calls the patients from the waiting room and brings them back to the exam room. They start by weighing the patients and taking their temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Next they talk to the patient about the reason for their appointment. They check the patient’s electronic health record to make sure all the information is up to date. Once the patient is ready to see the doctor or nurse, the medical assistant typically leaves and moves on to the next patient room.

Administrative duties
Throughout the day, medical assistants may also be asked to handle some administrative duties. They may need to call patients about medical insurance issues or schedule patient appointments. They may be responsible for updating patient records, processing payments, and handling patient forms.

Keeping appointments moving
Medical assistants have an important role in keeping appointments on schedule throughout the day. After each appointment, the medical assistant needs to clean the exam room, including disposing of paper products, cleaning the exam tables, and ensuring everything is ready for the next appointment. In offices where appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes, it’s very important to keep things moving.

End of the day
As the day winds down, the office gets quieter again. This allows medical assistants to clean up the day’s supplies, catch up on paperwork, and get organized for the next day.

If this is the kind of work day that sounds interesting to you, you might want to pursue this career field. Learn more about medical assisting by reading 5 Things to Know About Becoming  a Medical Assistant.

Whether you want to become a medical assistant or pursue a different career field, the Salter School welcomes you to visit our school and find out more about our career-focused programs. 

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