Do you have these five traits?
If you’re thinking about going back to school, then you should think about the skills you need for a professional medical assistant career.
Entering a medical assistant training program can help you develop the technical and soft skills you need for a real world career. Before you apply to medical assistant school, think about your own strengths and weaknesses. Do you think you’d make a good medical assistant?
The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers key traits that are needed for a medical assistant career path. For an educated idea on how you would fit in as a medical assistant, read the qualities that you need on-the-job each day. Don’t be flustered if you don't think you have these qualities yet; a training program can always help you develop these skills:
1. Analytical abilities
Medical assistants need to use their analytical senses to properly determine the data and information they are provided with throughout the working day. Medical assistants record and read patient charts, clinical guidelines, doctor’s orders, schedules, and health insurance paperwork and claims.You have to know how to assess the data given to you and what actions are required after you analyze the information.
Medical assistants need to be detail-oriented. This means they need to accurately and precisely follow rules and instructions. Throughout the day, they may need to measure patient vital signs, check their weight, draw blood, record patient information, and schedule hospital admissions or patient appointments. Each responsibility requires medical assistants to pay attention to many details, medical histories, and health standards. If they don't, it could jepordize the integrity of patient care. Paying careful attention to details could affect a patient's health, so it's important to pay attention to details in your administrative and clincial duties.
3. Social skills
Part of a medical assistant role is to interact with your patients each day. You may find that socialzing with patients is a rewarding experience. Medical asisstants' various tasks include checking patients in for appointments, weighing them, taking their blood pressure, and other vital signs. During these routine procedures, it's crucial to socialize with your patients so they feel comfortable. Remember, that you represent the facility in which you work, so it's benefical for all parties involved to remain kind and cooperative with patients at all times.
4. Technical skills
You will learn the technical and clnical skills you need to succeed as a professional medical assistant in a training program. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, performing phlebotomy and EKGs, giving injections, handling speciemens, and offering first aid. If you think you're squeemish around blood, consider talking to current medical assistant students or school advisors to get advice on handling blood. Many students start out nervous, but wtihin a couple weeks of lab, many start to feel more comfortable.
5. Communication skills
All healthcare workers need good communication skills. As a medical assistant, you need to communicate with doctors, nurse practitioners, and othear healthcare professionals about daily tasks, patients' health, and other concerns in a medical office. Good communication skills also means writing and recording information with accuracy and detail. Document all tasks and finished activities clealry so that you don't put your patients' health at risk and more steps don't have to be taken to ensure certain procedures are finished. You need to use maturity and respect when dealing with your coworkers and those who supervisor you. This will help build a more cooperative medical office and it may also help others trust and respect you in return.
What do you think of these skills? Do you think you have what it takes to become a medical assistant? If you think this could be a fulfilling career path, learn more about the medical assistant training program at The American College for Medical Careers (ACMC). Read 5 Things to Know about Becoming a Medical Assistant to learn more!
ACMC offers healthcare training programs at its campus in Orlando, Florida. If you want more information on our programs, contact us today or schedule a tour!