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Inside the Life of a Medical Assistant

Teddie Wiggins is a certified patient care technician at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.* For him, the job he loves boils down to three things: keeping a schedule, adapting to different environments, and wanting to help people. “I love my job, but most of all I love the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others,” he explained. But what does his job look like day to day?

Keeping a Schedule

We all have one, so what’s the big deal? Well, when dozens of essential functions depend on your schedule, and every step needs to be on time and accurately recorded throughout the day, it can be quite a big deal. “My CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) instructor always said, ‘if it is not charted, it is not done,’” Wiggins recalled.

Different Rhythms

Medical Assistants need to be comfortable in the fast-paced and hectic environment of the emergency room, where everything is about speed. However, you might end up in Obstetrics, where taking care of newborns and their mothers requires a gentler approach. Wiggins admittedly prefers the excitement: “I love working in the E.R. because every day is completely different.”

Patience Rewarded

Patience is perhaps the most essential skill when it comes to the role of a Medical Assistant. While this is an ongoing challenge, the results are typically worth the effort. “I often hear from the patients that ‘the smallest gestures are the most appreciated,’” Wiggins explained. “I know that the thanks I get from my patients is the best part of my job, and I love it.”

More About Medical Assisting

Working as a Medical Assistant will give you exposure, opportunities, and fulfillment. Not only will you have the chance to gain medical experience, but you will also connect with other healthcare professionals. Perhaps most importantly, healthcare careers allow for both professional and personal growth.

If you get bored easily, Medical Assisting might be a great fit for you. Your role frequently changes and offers new challenges. In fact, if you asked a Medical Assistant about their current work day, they may not be able to answer! A typical day can vary greatly for many Medical Assistants. They are usually on the move while performing a range of administrative and clinical tasks.

Above all else, you will build relationships with patients and provide vital support. Consider the very name of this profession: Medical Assistant. You assist doctors, nurses, and other healthcare personnel. Think of yourself as their right-hand man or woman. While on the job, you encourage communication, foster positive attitudes, and promote cleanliness. Additionally, you’re a strong patient advocate.

Unitek College Offers Medical Assistant Training

At Unitek College, we seek to prepare students for entry-level employment as Medical Assistants through our Medical Assisting program. Above all else, we strive to be accessible and inclusive, and we are eager to help others take charge of their future.

Currently, Unitek maintains six campuses in Northern California and one in Southern California. All of these locations offer a comprehensive Medical Assisting program which can be completed in as little as 9 months. If you’d like more information about the Medical Assistant program, please review our locations and contact one of our campuses.



*Source: AOL Jobs

This Unitek blog post was originally published on April 16, 2013.