A Day in the Life of a Medical Assistant

A Day In the Life of a Medical Assistant

What’s It Like to Being a Medical Assistant?

Medical assisting is a great career choice for those who want to work in the health care field, but don’t want the responsibility (or extensive training period) of a nurse or doctor. Most often found in a doctor’s private office, these are the professionals who do everything from patient relations and taking vitals to helping process insurance and perform some types of procedures.

Depending on your exact job description and the duties you’ve been hired to perform, a day on the job of a medical assistant could look something like the following.

The Administrative Side of Medical Assisting

There are offices of all different shapes and sizes. Some doctors hire a complete staff to handle all the administrative tasks, while others look to medical assistants to perform some of the necessary charting and appointment setting. (Note: These are good questions to ask when you’re interviewing for a medical assisting job. If you don’t want to spend your day behind a desk, it’s better to know what will be expected of you before you take the job.)

Some of the tasks under this category include:

  • Scheduling appointments/following up on appointment times
  • Answering phones/messages
  • Pulling patient charts
  • Providing forms to patients as they arrive
  • Submitting insurance information
  • Sending out bills and invoices
  • Entering data into an electronic system

The Hands-On Side of Medical Assisting

Most medical assistants enter the field because they want more one-on-one interaction with patients. After all, much of the administrative work can be done by a medical office specialist or medical biller and coder—both of which are their own degree and certification programs.

Under the category of patient care, a medical assistant might spend his or her day:

  • Showing patients to their rooms
  • Recording/updating medical histories
  • Taking vitals (temperature, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Asking about symptoms, concerns to be brought to the doctor
  • Answering questions related to care instructions
  • Administering shots (in some states)
  • Cleaning/sterilizing exam rooms and equipment

Why Become a Medical Assistant?

Medical assisting offers good hours, reasonable pay, and, if you work in a traditional office, weekends and evenings off. With a lower level of stress and a great team setting, this can be a great way to enjoy the healthcare field without being married to your job.




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