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Things to Consider Before Becoming a Medical Assistant

There are a number of important factors to consider before becoming a certified medical assistant.

Despite how easy it is to get a job as a certified medical assistant, that does not necessarily mean that the job will be right for you. You’ll need to make decisions about your financial situation, your temperament and your skills before you make the leap to become a medical assistant. In this article, I will go through some of the questions that you should consider before making that decision.

Your Financial Situation

Your financial situation is an important part of whether or not you can become a certified medical assistant. Read More →

What Are Patients Really Asking?

In this article, I will address how a certified medical assistant should think about what questions patients ask when they are presented with medical information.

In general, patients don’t necessarily have the same concerns as physicians and other medical health professionals. Medical professionals and medical assistant schools are asking themselves, “What is wrong here, and how do we fix it?”. On the other hand, patients are asking themselves a series of other questions. They are asking questions like, “How will this impact my life?”, “How much will this cost?” and “Will this hurt?”. In this article, I will discuss how to decode these various questions.

How will this impact my life? Patients are concerned with the way that medical outcomes could outcome their lives, especially in the long term. For instance, they might be worried about whether or not something could cause some sort of permanent disability, or that it might include a side-effect that they will need to wrestle with in the long term. Read More →

Understanding Anatomy and Physiology

If you are training to become a certified medical assistant, you will be required to take a number of different courses.

One course that can give people difficulty is the course of human anatomy and physiology. In fact, in this course, you will need to learn a number of different terms and diagrams, identifying the various parts of the body and what role they play in the body as a whole.

First, notice the title of these courses. You will be learning anatomy (literally Greek for “cut-up”), and also physiology (literally “study of nature”). These two parts of the course capture the two areas that you will be studying in detail. You will learn to identify each of the parts of the body by name, so that you will be able to describe its internal functioning (as though the body is “cut up”), but you will also learn to identify how each part works in tandem with the “nature” of the body as a whole. Read More →

Planning Payments for Health Care

Sometimes, a patient’s health care coverage does not cover the procedures and other costs of health care, and this task becomes a part of the many medical assistant jobs.

In addition, it is possible that the patient will not be able to pay for his or her care completely at this time. However, this does not necessarily mean that the patient should be denied health care at your clinic or hospital. In fact, most hospitals and clinics allow patients to put together payment plans so that they will be able to take care of their expenses without having their health compromised.

The first thing to do is to speak with a patient about an estimate for their care at an early stage. Read More →

Personal Data Sheets: The Basics

Personal data sheets and having them filled out are an important part of the medical assistant job description.

This sheet is something that needs to be filled out by any patient by any patient when they see a physician in the office, no matter the reason. There is a rather amusing scene in the movie “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, where Jim Carrey’s character comes in to speak to a physician about a procedure performed on his (ex-)girlfriend. He isn’t allowed to do so until he fills in the sheet. This is how ubiquitous these sheets are.

The purpose of this sheet is actually manifold. In fact, it is not simply there to collect basic information on the patient for the sake of filing. True, that is a part of the purpose, but there are a number of parts that serve other purposes. Read More →

Understanding Medical Fees

Fees are an important part of your training for medical assistant certification.

As a general rule, physicians do not actually discuss their fees with patients. There are a number of reasons for this. Some simply relate to an old-fashioned sense that it is not the doctor’s responsibility. Others relate to concerns that financial pressures might sway patients to make medical decisions that are not in their best interests. Either way, physicians themselves are usually not the ones to discuss the cost of treatment with their patients.

Instead, this responsibility will usually fall on the physician’s staff, especially on any certified medical assistants. Read More →

The Importance of Perseverance for a Medical Assistant

This article is the second in a series on the important of different character traits for working as a certified medical assistant.

perseveranceIn this article, I will discuss perseverance, and why this trait is especially important for those who wish to work in this field. Without this trait, you will find it a very frustrating job. However, it can be learned with some practice.

Perseverance is the ability to not give up when something doesn’t work at first (or at second, or at third). It basically means the ability to not give up and to keep working at something, at least to the point where it becomes completely irrational (when it becomes stubbornness). It is a very important trait in part because it is tied with patience, the ability not to be frustrated by obstacles. It is a lot easier to persevere if you are patient and a lot easier to be patient if you value success. Read More →


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