Medical Assistants work alongside physicians, primarily in outpatient facilities such as medical offices or clinics, performing administrative and clinical duties.
Specific duties vary greatly depending on office size, location, medical specialty and state laws. Administrative duties can include tasks such as updating and filing medical records, scheduling appointments and managing billing and bookkeeping. Clinical duties could include tasks such as preparing patients for examinations, drawing blood and performing basic lab tests, as well as preparing and administering medications or removing sutures and changing dressings as directed by physicians.
Medical Assistants help patients feel at ease, often explaining physicians’ instructions and addressing any concerns they may have.
SKILLSRI PARTNERS HIRING FOR THIS ROLE
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COMMON SKILLS NEEDED
Written and Oral Communication
- Clearly discuss patient information with other medical professionals as needed
- Explain a physician’s directions to patients in a way they can understand
- Ability to remain calm and professional when interacting with patients who are potentially in pain or distress
- Understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses
- Ability to code medical records for billing and insurance purposes
- Precision when recording patient information and taking vital signs, as this information is relied upon by physicians and insurance companies
- High school diploma or GED
- Medical Assistant Certification