Medical Assistant

Medical assistants play an important role in the administration and organization of medical offices and medical facilities. They are accountable for several duties and depending on their specific employer their responsibilities may be strictly clerical and administrative or they may perform clinical duties where they assist doctors with patient examinations. Some of the administrative tasks that medical assistants typically perform include answering office phones and scheduling appointments checking patients in for their appointments updating patient files sorting office mail typing documents for doctors completing and submitting insurance claim forms and helping patients prepare for admission to a hospital. Those medical assistants that are responsible for clinical duties according to the website www.medicalassistants.net often take the medical histories of patients and record the information into files prepare medical examining rooms assist doctors with patient examinations clean and arrange medical instruments and talk to patients before and after their visit with the doctor. In order to become a medical assistant a certificate must be earned from an accredited educational program. This type of program can usually be completed in one to two years. Most educational programs also require that an internship be completed which allows for hands-on experience. Many medical assistants eventually enroll in nursing school or advance into various other occupations available in the healthcare field. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the salary range for medical assistants is $20600 to $39570 with the exact salary depending on experience level and employer.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $30085
High Salary: $39570
Low Salary: $20600
Tasks: Keeps medical offices running smoothly.
Completes administrative duties for physicians.
Submits medical claim forms.
Takes medical histories and assists physicians during patient exams.
Also Called: Administrative Medical Assistant
Medical Office Manager
Clinical Medical Assistant
Specialized Medical Assistant
Additional Resources: http://www.medicalassistants.net/job-description/
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/medical-assistant-job-description.html
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