A medical assistant is a professional in the medical and healthcare field that provides support for physicians and other health professionals, typically in a clinic setting. Routine tasks performed by a Medical Assistant often include:
- Preparing the Exam Room
- Measuring a Patient’s Vital Signs
- Administering Medications
- Administering Injections
- Giving Physical Exams
- Medical Recordkeeping
- Preparing and Handling Medical Instruments and Supplies
- Collecting and Preparing Specimens for Laboratory Testing
- Assessing Patients
- And More
Erin Orchard is passionate about the healthcare field and is currently working to obtain a rewarding and challenging position as a medical assistant. She is eager to begin her professional career in this field become part of a collaborative healthcare team.
To gain the proper knowledge and experiences necessary for a successful career as a Medical Assistant, Erin Orchard is completing her education and training with the Health Training Center In North Attleboro, Massachusetts. She is currently renewing the following certifications: Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Clinical Medical Assisting Techniques I, Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Assistant.
While the Medical Assistant profession has many similarities to a profession in nursing, there are also many significant differences in roles, settings, and responsibilities.
Most Medical Assistants work in clinics, hospitals, or ambulatory care while a nurse will often work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, or nursing homes.
Roles and Responsibilities
Typically, Medical Assistants are trained to work both in the front office as well as the back. They learn many clerical skills and are often responsible for recording patient information, speaking with patients and showing them to exam rooms, etc. A nurse works more behind the scenes, administering medications, responding to patient calls and providing basic care to patients.