As the baby boomer population ages, so will the need for more medical preventive services and personnel increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical assistants is expected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024. Bridge Career Education offers a Clinical Medical Assistant Program for those who aspire to work in this rapidly growing field.
Qualities of a Successful Clinical Medical Assistant
Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks at hospitals, physician offices, and other healthcare facilities. These tasks may include scheduling appointments, updating and filing patient medical forms, taking medical histories, and assisting physicians during examinations. In order to succeed as a medical assistant, those in this profession should have several important qualities.
1. Strong Communication Skills
Medical assistants need to be able to clearly and effectively communicate with patients and healthcare professionals alike. They must be able to listen to and understand the needs of the patient and relay that information to the physician. Medical assistants also may be required to explain the physician’s instructions to the patient.
Many patients are nervous about going to the doctor and may look to the medical assistant for comfort and reassurance. It is important that a medical assistant is both professional and approachable.
The numerous demands of patients, healthcare staff, and physicians require that medical assistants be highly dependable. This means showing up to work on time and being ready and able to do the job.
Medical assistants deal with a lot of sensitive personal information. As a result, they should be respectful and considerate of their patient’s personal information. This includes anything that is noted in health records, discussed in conversation, or overheard in passing. Healthcare professionals are legally and ethically required to protect the privacy of a patient’s health information.
In the healthcare field, being detail-oriented is paramount. Medical assistants may be required to explain treatments to patients, provide instruction regarding their medication or special diets, or even prepare and administer medications as directed by the physician. They need to be alert and attentive to detail in order to successfully help their patients and the physicians caring for them.
Medical assistants are often required to juggle a variety of tasks ranging from administrative to clinical. It is important that they are able to easily switch between the two sides of the practice, from helping with office work to patient care. They may also be required to care for several patients at a time, catering to each patient’s individual needs.
7. Stress Tolerance
Working in the healthcare field is rewarding, but it can also be stressful due to the fast-paced nature of the job. Medical assistants, as with any healthcare worker, need to be able to remain calm and in control under pressure. Patients and physicians alike rely on medical assistants’ ability to be able to work well in a high stress environment.
Path to Becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant
If you are passionate about helping others and are interested in pursuing a career as a clinical medical assistant, Bridge Career Education can help you achieve your goals. Our Clinical Medical Assistant program offers hands-on training, small class sizes, supportive instructors, and accelerated courses designed to prepare you for a rewarding career as a medical assistant. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the national certification exam.
For more information on our programs or how to apply, give us a call today at (619) 693-5857.