Medical assisting is a rewarding profession with a variety of roles and responsibilities. This career demands a passion for the job and the will to be your best each day. Medical assistants make good wages and are in high demand. So, how does a medical assistant spend a typical workday?
Before the Shift Begins
The workday for a medical assistant typically begins around 8 a.m., or whenever their particular office opens. Medical assistants arrive about 30 minutes early to prepare the office before the patients arrive. These early morning duties might include checking the office voice mail, verifying the patient schedule, scheduling new appointments, preparing workstations, and responding to emails.
Once the patients begin to arrive, the duties of the medical assistant include working at the front desk or assisting a physician. The administrative medical assistant works in the front office and handles patients only when they are checking in or checking out. This position does require medical knowledge, however, because patients will often have questions regarding their medical treatment. The duties of the administrative medical assistant on any given day may include:
- Retrieving patient records
- Putting together reports
- Contacting patients to schedule appointments
- Filing papers for insurance purposes
- Providing lab results for medical practitioners or insurance companies
- Bookkeeping duties
The clinical medical assistant will spend the bulk of their workday in direct contact with patients. A few of the daily responsibilities of a clinical medical assistant include:
- Noting concerns patients may have about symptoms or allergies
- Carrying out in-office testing
- Verifying that the patient fully understands the doctor’s instructions
- Assisting the physician during examinations
- Taking and recording vital signs
- Escorting patients to exam rooms
There are other duties as well that you may find yourself doing during a typical workday. Depending on the type of clinic you work for, you might also draw blood, administer injections, or even assist with starting an IV. Specialty clinics, such as those with cardiac specialists, may even have other duties for the medical assistant. In smaller offices, it is not uncommon for medical assistants to act in both an administrative and clinical capacity.
End of the Workday
A workday for a medical assistant ends when all of the patients are gone, and that ending may be beyond the scheduled appointment times. During this time, medical assistants will prepare the clinic for the next day. Reviewing future appointments, sending all labs, and processing payments reduce the workload for the next day, which helps to reduce stress and helps the office function efficiently.
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