Typical Medical Assistant Job Duties
If you’re looking for a job that can lead to a long, stable career with plenty of opportunities for growth, not to mention a job that will allow you to help people and be emotionally fulfilling as a result, then you should strongly consider becoming a medical assistant.
Medical assistants are in great demand throughout the healthcare industry and it can take less than a year to become one. The following are some of the typical job responsibilities that you will have if you decide to become a medical assistant:
Prep Exam Rooms
As the medical assistant to a physician, you will need to prepare the exam room so the physician can see their patients when they are ready. Preparing the exam room will require a number of different tasks, including:
- Safely disposing of used supplies that may be contaminated.
- Sterilizing all medical tools so that they can be safely used.
- Restocking medical tools and equipment as needed.
- Properly arranging medical instruments so that the physician can easily find them.
- Setting up any lab trays that may be required for the patient’s exam.
Update Patient Records
One of the most important administrative tasks that a medical assistant has is to record a patient’s personal information and medical history. MAs also update patient records when new medical information needs to be added in order to keep their records current. This includes updating information such as blood pressure and weight along with pre-exam interview responses. You may also be responsible for updating records by adding information gathered from lab tests and medical exams. This information must be recorded into a computer database so that it can be easily retrieved by medical professionals.
Perform Routine Medical Tasks
Although the number of clinical tasks that you can perform as a medical assistant is limited, there are a few medical tasks that you can expect to be responsible for. These include:
- Administering medications according to the instructions of a physician or nurse.
- Drawing blood from the patient.
- Administering injections.
- Removing sutures.
- Changing dressings.
- Explaining medical procedures.
- Instructing patients on medications and dietary issues.
Manage Lab Tests and X-Rays
You may be responsible for arranging lab services. Depending on your certification as well as who you’re working for, you may also be tasked with collecting and preparing lab samples and even performing basic lab tests. You may also be asked to assist the medical imaging team with X-ray prep and development.
Perform Administrative Tasks
Medical assistants may be required to perform a variety of administrative tasks, which can include answering phones, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments for patients. These are tasks that are more likely to be required of medical assistants who are working in smaller practices.
Interact With Patients
Last, but not least, one of the biggest tasks that medical assistants are responsible for is interacting with patients. You will often build relationships with your patients as you answer questions and address concerns, perform basic clinical tasks, and provide them with comfort and reassure them when needed.
These are just a few job duties of a medical assistant. Medical assistants may be tasked to do a variety of administrative and/or clinical tasks depending on where they work (which can include any number of healthcare facilities, from hospitals and private practices to assisted living facilities and labs). To find out more about becoming a medical assistant or to inquire about our medical assistant program (for both full-time and part-time students), contact us at Trinity School of Health and Allied Sciences today.