Medical Assisting as a Career

Medical assistants are an important part of a doctor’s practice Can you picture yourself working in the field of healthcare? Of the many different types of jobs in healthcare, the job of a medical assistant is one that can be trained for in a short amount of time, offering job seekers a fast way to get into the healthcare industry. What is a medical assistant? A medical assistant is an entry level job that supports healthcare teams. As a medical assistant, you would be responsible for routine tasks, such as taking a patient’s vital signs, entering health histories into patient records, collecting specimens, and handling administrative matters such as scheduling appointments. Taking care of these basic tasks allows the doctors and other team members to perform the specialized responsibilities they…
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Dental Assisting Students Get Industry Tips on Professionalism

A recent guest speaker emphasized this essential aspect of the profession from the employers’ perspective On Monday, February 26, all ten Dental Assisting students at the American College for Medical Careers in Orlando had the benefit of a presentation from a professional in the field. Jean Carlos is the Office Manager at Advanced Esthetic Dentistry in Orlando. He spent nearly an hour and a half with the students at ACMC, making a PowerPoint presentation as well as answering questions. The biggest theme he emphasized was how essential it is that students present themselves in a professional manner, and what is required to make a good impression right from the start. According to Katherine DeJesus, one of the instructors in ACMC’s Dental Assistant program, students were especially interested in what Mr.…
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Should You Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist?

Getting career training could be your next step Are you a high school senior, trying to figure out your next step in life? Are you someone who is looking for a career change? Are you underemployed and looking for a new direction? If you fit this description, then getting career-focused training may be a good option for you. Career-focused training offers many different career choices. This article looks at one career option in particular: How to become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. This career choice may be a good match for you if: You like the idea of an office job in a professional setting You would like to work in the healthcare field You are detail-oriented and conscientious You want a short-term training program that can be completed…
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Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies

These shortcuts to healthy eating are a great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food”—which is about gaining more nutrients but also saving money. One way to improve your diet is to increase your vegetable intake. Almost everyone could benefit from more veggies on a daily basis. Even vegetarians often rely more on carbs and starches than the nutrient-rich vegetables that give our bodies and brains the vitamins they need to function throughout the day. Lots of us are looking for ways to lose weight without a gimmick, and focusing on eating more vegetables does your weight a favor, since you’ll be filling up on nutritious foods that are less dense in calories. You’re also likely…
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Dental Assisting Students Practice Their Interview Skills

Mock interviews provide students the chance to work on presenting themselves as professionals Chyd Verdier, a student in the Dental Assisting program discusses her qualifications with Jannia Louidor, Externship Coordinator in a mock job interview. These mock job interviews are a great opportunity for students to practice and also receive valuable feedback on their performance. Orlando, FL: On Monday, February 12, the Career Services staff at the American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) helped students in the Dental Assisting program in Orlando to hone their interview skills. These 30-­ to 40-minute mock interview sessions gave students the opportunity to try out how they would speak about themselves professionally in an interview situation. This experience is helping them prepare for the “meet and greet” conversations they will be having with potential…
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Sample Job Interview Questions for Medical Assistants

Practice these questions to get ready for the big day Are you in a medical assistant training program and getting ready to enter the job market? One of the most important steps in the hunt for a job is getting comfortable with a job interview. Nearly everyone feels nervous before a job interview. That’s only natural. One of the keys to overcoming your nerves is to prepare for your interview ahead of time. The more prepared you are, the calmer you will feel. Here are some sample job interview questions for medical assistants who are new to the field. Finding a medical assistant job with no experience on your resume can be tricky. But if you apply to entry level positions and answer the questions with honesty and confidence, you…
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ACMC Students Benefit from On-Campus Presentations

Recent events include an expert speaker on public health as well as an in-depth look at upcoming externships Students at the American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) in Orlando work hard in their classes to learn more about their chosen profession, whether it’s Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, or Dental Assisting. But the school also offers a range of other opportunities for them to expand their understanding of the medical field. Two recent events provided valuable context for students to bring with them as they prepare to enter the working world. An expert’s overview of public health Jack Tracy, M.Ed. a Biological Scientist and Epidemiology Surveillance Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County was invited to speak to our students about Public Health. The hour-long presentation…
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Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude Towards School

Follow these tips if you want enjoy your school experience as well as succeed Are you someone who sees the glass as half empty? Being negative can drain the fun out of social situations, but it can also take a toll on your performance at school. If you want to do the best in your classes, and make the most out of your schooling, set your sights on what’s going well. All it takes is a little practice. Follow these suggestions, and you’ll find your time in school can be more meaningful and enjoyable. Here’s how: Give yourself points for resilience Hanging in there with challenges is not easy. When you have a class or a subject that you find difficult, stick with it and get the help you need.…
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Medical Assisting Students Learn the Science of Sterilization

This critical aspect of working in healthcare is built into the hands-on learning of this training program Students in Ms. Miller’s Medical Assistant class are learning about sterile procedures – hands-on! They practice how to put on surgical gowns, gloves and masks to maintain a sterile environment to ensure patient safety. Hint: Read on to find out why everyone is holding their hands up like this! One of the essential aspects of training to be a Medical Assistant is learning how to create and maintain a sterile environment, to ensure patient safety during procedures. The students in the Medical Assisting program at the American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) enjoy lots of opportunities to learn all of the various aspects of this important skill during their training. Linda Miller, who…
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What Does a Medical Coder Do?

Medical billing and coding specialists are important to the healthcare industry If you are thinking about career training, one of the quick-start careers that you might be considering is becoming a medical billing and coding specialist. But before you jump head-first into a new career field, it helps to think about whether the career is a good fit for you. Ask yourself these questions: Do you picture yourself working in an office job? Do you like to work at a desk, on a computer? Are you detail-oriented? Would you like to be part of the healthcare industry? If you answered yes to these questions, then you may have the traits that are important to becoming a medical billing and coding specialist. Let’s find out more about what this profession is…
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