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You Don’t Have to Be an MD to Make a Difference in Healthcare

Posted: January 27, 2021 by Diane Smith
Medical Assistants make a major impact in healthcare
 


The National Phenomenon known as the "Fauci Effect" has seen an almost 20 percent increase in applications for medical and nursing schools around the country. But, what about people who want to make a difference in healthcare, and are just getting started, re-careering, or unsure of the specific specialty they want to be their primary focus? Beginning as a medical assistant is a great option. In addition, in less than a year, graduates could be in the workforce making an impact.

Medical assistants handle both clerical and clinical duties. They often prepare patients for examinations, take their medical histories, assist during exams, perform basic lab tests and more. In addition, roles and responsibilities also include welcoming and signing in patients, answering phones and scheduling appointments. Medical assistants truly are the utility players of the office or practice.

In addition, for many medical assistant graduates, the certification provides the opportunity to expand their knowledge, seek additional training and the opportunity to pursue other professions throughout the medical field, if they choose to do so.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow almost 20 percent by 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians, [who] will hire more medical assistants to perform routine clinical and administrative duties.

Pima Medical has been educating students in the healthcare field since 1972. Many of its graduates began their careers with a medical assisting certificate, before pursuing additional education.

Yvonne De Los Reyes, 2007 medical assistant graduate Yvonne De Los Reyes, 2007 medical assistant graduate
Yvonne De Los Reyes, is a 2007 graduate of the Medical Assistant certificate program at Pima Medical’s Tucson campus.  She is also the Clinical Research Coordinator at Tucson’s Quality of Life Medical and Research Center, which participated in one of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials. She had been working as a receptionist in a medical office when she first decided to pursue her certification.

She said, “I was already in the medical field working as a receptionist when I decided to attend Pima Medical for the medical assistant program.”

After Pima Medical, De Los Reyes furthered her education by becoming a certified clinical research coordinator, along with various other trainings.  De Los Reyes has coordinated more than 100 clinical trials including a few cancer trials.

She says the vaccine trial has been the most impactful so far. “Moderna has definitely been the trial that may have the biggest impact on my career as a coordinator, more so even during a pandemic,” she added.

Her education at Pima Medical was the foundation she built upon to reach her current role.

Jasmine Zapien Castillo, 1997 medical assistant graduate Jasmine Zapien Castillo, 1997 medical assistant graduate
Jasmine Zapien Castillo graduated from the Mesa, Arizona campus with a medical assistant certificate back in 1997.  Castillo was a teenage mom who was forced to drop out of high school and later get her GED. After a traumatic family event, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare.  She enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

After graduation, she ultimately landed her dream job at Arizona Heart Institute. After 23 years helping others, Castillo decided she wanted to give back. She is now an instructor at Pima Medical Institute’s Phoenix campus, teaching other medical assistant students.

She says, “My goal is to help my students succeed. I think my experience as a single mom helps me be a better instructor. I know that pushing through and doing the hard work will pay off. It is so rewarding knowing I am making a difference in my students’ lives.”

Pima Medical offers its Medical Assistant certificate program at 17 of its 18 ground campus locations. Students can enroll now to begin the first step towards a rewarding career in healthcare.
Go to pmi.edu for more information on all programs offered across the country.
 
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