If you’re looking for a career in the medical field, but don’t want to dedicate yourself to years of schooling, then a career as a medical assistant could be perfect for you. But what exactly does a medical assistant do? Usher Khan is a science tutor, active volunteer, medical assistant, and registered orthopedic tech. He shares his advice about what it is like to be a medical assistant.
Medical assistants do a wide range of tasks. Most of them work in a doctors office, but could also be employed at dialysis centres, nursing homes, hospitals, or outpatient care centers. They do any kind of tasks that helps to keep things running smoothly at the office or hospital. Assistants carry out administrative and clinical duties, and they work under the supervision of a physician or nurse.
In order to be successful in this field, medical assistants have to be great communicators. Computer literacy is an important skill, as well as organization, people skills, and the ability to schedule. Some clinical tasks that a medical assistant would carry out include examination prep, drawing blood, sterilizing equipment, changing dressings, etc. Administrative tasks include recording vitals signs, recording patient medical history, arranging patient appointments, answering phones, and greeting patients.