Medical Assistant Job Information
A medical assistant is responsible for completing a variety of administrative and clinical tasks for physicians and medical professionals. Much of their responsibilities depend on their office’s specialty and size of practice, but generally a medical assistant is asked to handle paper work and record patient information.
Responsibilities of a medical assistant:
- Collect and record patient history
- Measure and record vital signs
- Assist with examinations and basic lab tests
- Schedule appointments
- Prepare samples for testing
- Answer the telephone and greet patients
- Handle billing for patients
Some medical assistants receive post-secondary education and receive a certificate. Others start the job with a high school diploma and learn the job through training. The majority of medical assistants are employed at a physician’s office or other healthcare facility.
Some medical assistants spend a large part of their day on their feet helping patients. Others sit behind a desk while handling paper work and telephone calls. In both roles medical assistants are asked to multitask, show compassion when patients aren’t feeling well, and demonstrate interpersonal skills.