When you visit your doctor’s office, you will likely come across a Medical Assistant! According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), “thousands of doctors and members of the medical community nationwide” rely on Medical Assistants to enhance each patient’s visit.
In fact, you may have encountered a Medical Assistant the last time your vital signs were taken, your patient history was recorded, or your blood was drawn. Medical Assistants interact with patients on both a clinical and administrative level. For instance, they will often schedule your next appointment and listen to your concerns. They not only assist physicians but act as a source of comfort and security for their patients.
In an effort to create a more positive experience during your next doctor’s visit, the AAMA has compiled a list of helpful tips from Medical Assistants across the nation. Check out what they have to say below!
Advice for Your Next Doctor’s Appointment
- Write Down Questions: “Before your appointment, write down a list of questions or concerns you want to share with the physician. Put the most important ones first to make sure they get addressed up front.”
- Remember Your Medications: “Always remember to bring along any medications you are currently taking (or a list of medicines with dosages and strengths) including dietary supplements, vitamins, or herbal treatments. Speak up if you are having any complications.”
- Use a Calendar: “Bring your personal calendar with you to make it easy when scheduling your follow-up appointment.”
- Bring Your Insurance Card: “Provide the most up-to-date copy of your insurance card to the office so you minimize billing questions or issues.”
- Be Honest: “When the Medical Assistant records your recent medical history and vital signs, make sure to speak up if you’ve had any changes in symptoms or health history that the doctor should know about.”
- Be Aware: “If you’re having blood drawn, ask the Medical Assistant or health professional when you can expect a call with your lab results.”
- Ask Additional Questions (if you have them!): “If you have questions about a physician’s orders, a Medical Assistant can assist by explaining them to you.”
- Report Worsening Symptoms: “Call your physician’s office back if your symptoms get worse or if you have problems with any prescribed medication.”
For more helpful tips and information, be sure to check out the AAMA website!
About the Medical Assistant Program at Unitek
Founded in 2002, Unitek College is an accredited, private institution that provides training for the next generation of healthcare professionals. With seven campuses in California, Unitek offers educational programs in the cities of Bakersfield, Concord, Fremont, Hayward, Sacramento, San Jose, and South San Francisco. All of these locations offer an MA program that can be completed in as little as 9 months.
At Unitek, current MA students learn through informative lectures, practical training, and supervised externships. If you’re not a student, though, you might have some questions about formal training. Below, we’ve included a few that we have commonly seen:
+ How long is a Medical Assistant training program? We delve into this here.
+ How do I find Medical Assistant schools near me? Our article may help—check it out here.
+ Is the Bay Area a great place to go to MA school? Check out another one of our articles here.
+ Once you’re a certified MA, how can you grow your career? Look into this with us here.
For more information about the MA program or Unitek College, check out our contact page and call a friendly school representative!