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Behind Every Good Doctor is a Great Medical Assistant

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Students gain the hands-on and administrative skills necessary to help a patient’s visit run smoothly while at the doctor’s office.

When you become a medical assistant, chances are you are going to work under the supervision of a physician or nurse. It’s important to establish a positive working relationship as you are their right-hand person throughout the day. In order to create an efficient and productive work environment, you should consider some key items. Check them out below.

  1. Find out the physician’s expectations from the start. Do you know if it’s preferred to have a diabetic patient remove their shoes or keep them on for their exam? How about where the physician wants specific medical tools set up for a physical? It takes time to become in sync with one another. This is why it’s important to get clear expectations from your supervisor/physician so things can run smoothly.
  1. Ask questions. Lots of them. As a medical assistant, you see a view from the patient the doctors aren’t always aware of. If you don’t know something, ask! It’s the only way you’ll learn and know how the physician wants you to handle various situations.
  1. Communicate clearly, even if it’s not good news. Be open to learn from your mistakes and move forward. If you feel that you need more clarity, knowledge and insight, communicate that. It’s also important to speak up when you may have made a mistake so you can learn from it. We are all human. It happens. Just make sure the doctor knows what happened first. Also, relay your thoughts to the team if you feel like something could be done in a more efficient way.
  1. Educate yourself. Continuing your education is crucial as a medical assistant since no situation is ever the same. It’s important to find out how your doctor or supervisor wants their goals met, what to look for in certain situations and so on. You can also learn from other MAs in your field. Ask what works for them. You can also take extra courses online or go on to earn your associate degree. The sky’s the limit with a medical assistant certification.

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September 15, 2022

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