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What Is a Medical Assistant?

Sep 30, 2010

Medical assistants can work in many health care settings. They are responsible for not only clerical work but also are responsible for some aspects of patient care. Usually employed by physicians to work in their office, they can also work in medical clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. Their usual responsibilities include answering phones, helping with billing, arranging the doctor's schedule, helping to call patients back to remind them of their appointments, filing, arranging diagnostic tests that the physician orders, and many other jobs.

On the patient care side they might weigh and measure the patient, get vital signs, place patients in exam rooms, and do any other odd jobs around the office including cleaning rooms, restocking supplies, and reordering necessities.

A medical assistant's job is never done. Each day presents new challenges and new tasks.

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