Medical Assisting & the Ever Changing Medical Field
Thomas Edison once said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” The Medical field as a whole is rapidly growing and changing on a daily basis due to new laws and research being conducted. In my chosen profession, Medical Assistants are the key to the relationship between the doctors and the patients. The basic job skills, educational requirements, and expectations are illustrated below combined with research from the previous units. This has allowed me to familiarize myself with the Medical Assistant occupation as well as the knowledge and further education requirements needed attain my goals within the medical industry. As a Medical Assistant I will be carrying out many job functions on a daily basis, however specific job duties will depend on the facility I choose to work in. Some of the common job duties of Medical Assistants are: recording patient’s medical history, clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies, answer phones or schedule appointments, interview patients to obtain medical information to help the doctor’s or nurse’s to be able to treat and diagnose the patient’s symptoms, and prepare treatment rooms for new patients. All of these job duties allow the patients to feel at ease that they will be treated and know they will not be getting any new illness due to un-cleanliness. It also allows the doctor’s and nurse’s time to see and treat other patients without having to complete all of the above on their own and worry about inaccurate information being collected. Without Medical Assistants the staff would experience an over load of work and tasks that just would not be able to be completed in one day. Staff would be unable to build a good rapport with the patients and the day would be very chaotic and unorganized. It is also important to...
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