A Day-in-the-Life of a Medical Assistant

Uploaded by illinoisworknet on 17.06.2010

Medical Assistant, sponsored by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (www.illinoisworknet.com)
>>Whitney DeLay - Medical Assistant. I perform basic stuff such as prescription
refills under the advice of the doctor. As well as set patients up for tests or any further
examinations they need to have. We will head right down here and get your weight before
the doctor sees you.
For this job I would say good skills that you would need to know is, how to type well
with correct spelling. Have medical terminology and knowledge of the different medical aspects
of this job.
Go ahead and step right up there, put both feet together. Work ethics must be very important
to this job, you have to be able to come in daily due to the patient care that is needed.
Good, we can head into this room right here and the doctor will be with you shortly. I
work with the doctor, pharmacies and places to refer the patient to such as other doctors
and specialist office.
There are times when this job has long hours, such as the sick time of the season as well
as the physical times. Typical workday do range from 8 to 10 hours as well as being
on your feet for the majority of that day.
You can get different degrees; you can become a certified medical assistant as well as a
registered medical assistant. The wages from this job range depending on where you are
located, but for the average cost of schooling with the job I think it is well worth it.
The thing that I find most rewarding about this job is knowing that everyday I am going
to help a new person and I get to meet new people constantly.
Where did you go to school at? I went to school at First Institute Training and Management.
And where is that located? Its here in Springfield. Oh, okay and what's your degree going to be
in? Medical Office Assistant.
>>Kristen Neely - Medical Office Assistant Being a medical assistant there is always
a job, and you have to be very caring about someone and you have to like working with
people and being able to talk to them. You have to do patient scheduling and insurance
billing, so I am going to continue my training and hopefully be a registered nurse or a PA.
>>Lisa LaForge--Medical Assistant Instructor. The Medical Office Assistant is going to be
dealing with insurance, alert the back office to what patience are here and try to keep
the schedule going. There's a lot of different software programs out there that they are
going to have to work with.
Medical Assistants are very different than Medical Office Assistant, they are more back
office; medical assistants do the height and weight, all the vital signs, they do the injections,
they assist the doctor with any minor surgeries that they have, and need to interact with
the front office as well; finding out which patients are here so they know which rooms
to get ready.
Medical office assistants can go into medical assisting; medical assistants can go on to
be RNs, LPNs. The job market has really opened up so if you want to work for anywhere from
pediatric to geriatrics, the job market is very open. If you like patient care and you
love working with people, this is the job for you.