What Does a Medical Assistant Do?
Medical Assistants work on the frontline of medicine, performing clinical and administrative duties and making modern healthcare delivery personal and efficient.
Medical Assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings — physician offices, clinics, hospitals, specialty care facilities, nursing homes, etc. Their duties can vary depending upon the type, location, specialty, and size of the facility.
Common duties of Medical Assistants can include:
• Greeting patients and recording their medical histories and personal information
• Measuring patients' vital signs – such as pulse and blood pressure
• Assisting physicians with patient examinations and minor procedures
• Entering patients' information into medical records
• Giving patients injections or medications as directed by physicians (as permitted by state law)
• Preparing blood and other patient samples for laboratory testing
• Scheduling patient appointments and procedures
Additionally, as the shortage of US healthcare providers becomes greater, Medical Assistants are projected to be in even greater demand. [The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 23% increase in jobs for Medical Assistants between 2018 and 2028.]
Medical Assistants are a vital component of modern healthcare delivery.