A Day in the Life of a Certified Medical Assistant
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the health industry, one of the best ways to get started is by becoming a medical assistant. Not only do most medical assistant programs take little time to complete (as opposed to other healthcare positions), but it’s a great way to get started in the field. Of course, before you decide to enroll in a medical assistant program, you might want to know what the duties of a medical assistant are and what it will be like to be a medical assistant on a day-to-day basis. The following is a brief overview of the typical day in the life of a certified medical assistant:
Beginning of the day
Most medical offices will open around 6:00 AM or 8:00 AM. Medical assistants may arrive earlier to prepare for patients. As a medical assistant, you’ll likely be tasked with:
- Working with the physician to review the patient schedule for the day.
- Listening to phone messages left during the previous night and relaying important information as needed.
- Organizing any charts and filling out any paperwork that’s needed (such as insurance paperwork).
- Prepping the patient rooms as required (such as for minor surgeries).
Bulk of the Day
As patients begin to arrive, the administrative medical assistant will be responsible for checking them in, verifying their patient information and health insurance information, and helping them fill out any necessary forms. Administrative medical assistants may also be required to answer phone calls and schedule appointments.
Clinical medical assistants will meet the patient and take them to the proper exam room. There, they will take the patient’s vital signs, perform a basic interview, and prepare the patient for any procedures that are being done. Medical assistants will also assist the physician in a number of ways, including giving injections or providing medications to the patient. They will also be responsible for updating patient charts.
Although clinical and administrative medical assistants have different jobs, some medical assistants may perform both clinical and administrative duties depending on the practice they are working for. It’s not uncommon for a clinical medical assistant to perform some administrative tasks, especially in smaller practices.
Breaks During the Day
Although most medical practices tend to keep medical assistants busy throughout the day, they are required to provide a rest along with a lunch break. Most medical assistants will get a small break in the morning, a lunch break, and then a small break in the afternoon. Some medical assistants may skip smaller breaks if they have a lot of work that needs to be done.
End of the day
Once the last patient of the day has been seen, medical assistants still have work to do. They may need to compete patient charts, return phone calls, handle prescription refills, and schedule appointments. Some medical assistants like to get a jump on the next day so that they don’t have as much to do when they come into work the following morning.
This is the kind of day that you can expect if you decide to become a medical assistant. As you can see, you’ll have a lot of responsibilities, but the work can be incredibly rewarding. To find out more about our medical assistant program, contact us at Trinity School of Health and Allied Sciences today.