13 Fun Facts for Medical Assistants

Check out this interesting trivia about the human body

Studying to be a medical assistant? Then you know this position plays an important role on a health-care team. You assist physicians with exams and procedures, prepare for and perform tests, and take care of patients in a broad range of health care settings.

If you’re in a medical assistant program, your days are probably already filled with learning about the human body, how it works, and how diseases affect it. You’ll need this is information to perform your job successfully. But you should also know there are lots of fun facts about just how amazing the human body is. Here are a few examples. Some of them might surprise you!

  1. Your heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood—every day. It might be doing more work than you are in studying for an anatomy exam!
  2. Sneezes travel around 100 mph—about the speed of a fastball that some major league baseball pitchers can throw.
  3. On average, a person blinks 15–20 times a minute. That adds up to about 1,200 blinks per hour, and 28,800 per day!
  4. O-positive blood type is the most common, and AB negative is the least common. Do you know your blood type?
  5. You can retain the memories of 50,000 scents. What would your top 20 favorites include?
  6. If you unraveled your small intestine, it would be about 20 feet long—or the height of the average giraffe.
  7. You probably know that each person has a unique set of fingerprints, but did you know the same is true for your tongue print? Be glad you don’t have to stick out your tongue for identity recognition on your smart phone!
  8. A smile uses 17 muscles, while a frown uses 43. It’s definitely less work to smile!
  9. The liver handles 500 different functions. That’s one busy organ, so take good care of it by eating right, exercising, and drinking only in moderation.
  10. Your right lung is larger than your left.
  11. An average person consumes about 60,000 pounds of food in a lifetime. What foods could you not live without?
  12. Your sense of smell needs shut-eye, just like you do. When you sleep, your sense of smell takes a much-needed rest.
  13. Household dust primarily consists of human skin cells. Somewhat gross, but true. And a good reason to vacuum and dust on a regular basis!

This sample of some medical trivia might come in handy on the job one day—maybe when you need to entertain a child or calm the nerves of an anxious patient. Maybe one will help you win a pub quiz or round of Trivial Pursuit!

If you’re considering changing careers, and this work intrigues you, learn more about what it takes to become a medical assistant. You could be on your way to a new profession in 2018!

This article is part of the weekly blog of the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando, FL. For more about all of our various professional training programs, visit us online.