What does a medical assistant do?
Certified medical assistants most often work in a doctor’s office, a nursing care
center or another medical facility such as a hospital, nursing home or pharmacy. Their
responsibilities include providing continuing patient care, working with doctors and
nurses to meet the needs of patents and performing administrative and clerical duties
in an office environment. They greet and assist patients with paperwork, show patients
to their exam rooms, and take patients’ vitals and draw blood. Their typical workweek
usually includes a full-time schedule during regular business hours, although they
may be hired for night shifts.
- Interview and record patients’ medical information and measure their vital signs,
weight and height.
- Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
- Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
- May assist with administrative duties, including scheduling appointments, maintaining
medical records, and billing and coding for insurance purposes.
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