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8 Tips for New Medical Assistants

Posted: October 20, 2021 by Kasey Bowser
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Medical assistants are crucial in the healthcare field, especially now more than ever. And if you’re new to this career, you are undoubtedly ready to hit the ground running and make a good impression. Before you put your new skills to work, here are eight tips to remember that can help you succeed as a medical assistant.

1. Take each day as it comes. It takes time to build confidence because there are always things to learn when you’re dealing with healthcare. Give yourself some time to adapt to a new way of thinking.

2. Always keep track of your performance during training as well as when you start in your new career. This is crucial as you can look back to see how far you’ve come as well as prove to your instructors you’ve earned that certification and your supervisor you’ve earned that raise for when your evaluation comes up.

3. Learn how to multitask. This is key to help you move through your day smoothly and efficiently.

4. Be open to criticism. You will make mistakes, so it’s best to learn from them, hear what your supervisor/instructor has to say and then apply what you’ve learned moving forward.

5. Find a routine that works for you. Then practice that routine. If you find that it works, gradually add to it each week. You will find techniques and a routine that works best for you and keeps you organized and moving fluidly throughout the day.

6. Be observant. Pay attention to your surroundings. Take notes and watch what other, more experienced, medical assistants are doing in your workplace.

7. Know the provider you're working for. The more you get to know your provider and their routine, the more knowledge you’ll develop regarding how the provider practices and likes things done.

8. Be a team player. On the days where you find yourself having extra time, consider jumping in to help your coworkers with other tasks. This will help demonstrate that you are a team player who wants what’s best for the medical practice. Plus, you may learn new ways to do things that will benefit you.

Are you aspiring to become a medical assistant? If so, consider our nine-month program to get you out in the field and working quickly.
 
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