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ClinicalMedical Assistant - Ensure the Smooth Functioning of a Health Care Practice


									Clinical/ Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals
who offer clinical, administrative and technical support to health
practitioners in order to ensure the smooth running of their offices.
However, their specific duties depend upon several factors such as
location and size of the practice, as well as their education and
training.Medical Assistants working in a small practice usually perform a
wide variety of tasks and report directly to the physician or office
manager; those working in a larger practice perform more specialized
tasks under the direct supervision of a department administrator. Their
administrative duties include scheduling appointments for patients,
greeting patients, answering phone calls, updating and filing patient's
medical records, filling out insurance forms for patients, and handling
billing and bookkeeping.The clinical duties of a medical helper depend
upon the laws in the state they wish to practice in, which can vary quite
greatly. Their tasks may include recording medical history of a patient,
taking certain vital signs and preparing patients for medical exams, x-
rays, electrocardiograms and so on. Additionally, they collect lab
specimens and perform some basic laboratory tests; they sterilize medical
equipment and dispose of contaminated supplies. A medical helper may
guide patients about the physician's directions regarding medication and
specified diet plan. They may also remove sutures, and change the
dressings of a patient.In larger practices, medical worker perform more
specialized tasks such as that of an ophthalmic medical assistant,
optometric assistant, and podiatric medical assistants. They provide
assistance to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and podiatrists in their
tasks, respectively.A large percentage of medical helper work in
physicians offices; some work in private and public hospitals, while the
rest work in other health care environments such as outpatient care
centers, and nursing and residential care facilities.Medical support
training programs are offered in vocational schools, community colleges
and career schools. Programs are usually one year long, resulting in a
certificate or diploma, or a two-year program resulting in an associate
degree.Students pursuing a medical assistant training program will
typically learn about laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic
procedures, and pharmaceutical principles, administration of medications,
first aid, office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics.
The coursework also covers anatomy, physiology, medical terminology,
transcription, accounting, record keeping and insurance
processing.According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of
medical help is expected to increase by 34 percent from 2008 to 2018.
With advancements in the medical technology and the increasing aging of
the population, the demand for medical support and health care services
can only rise.

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