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5 Tips to Be a Better Medical Assistant
Posted: June 13, 2017
If you’ve ever been stuck longer than you wanted in a doctor’s waiting room, you’d probably like the healthcare staff to be just a little bit more efficient. As a Medical Assistant, efficiency will be just one of the pillars of your professional success. Clinics and physicians’ offices often fall behind because they’re short-staffed or overbooked. And doctors can only be in so many places at once. That’s when Medical Assistants can step in to keep them on track, and on time.
Whether you’re already employed as a Medical Assistant or training to get your certification, here are 5 tips to help you improve and work to advance your career.
1. Take careful notes
When you first meet with patients and take their vitals, it’s important to be extremely accurate so the doctor has the right information to proceed. Make sure your notes and observations are spot-on and concise. The better your notes are, the faster a doctor can diagnose an issue, prescribe a course of treatment, and move on to other patients.
2. Stay on top of paperwork
Doctors’ offices are as full of paperwork as they are of patients. Whether in a digital or actual file, every patient has a paper trail. When something is forgotten or misfiled, productivity suffers, doctors get backed up, and mistakes can happen. Stay on top of paperwork to stay organized and professional, and ensure every patient gets the treatment they need.
3. Never stop learning
Work in the medical field is forever changing and improving with additional research and advancements. There are always new treatments, medications, and procedures. Stay in-the-know and you’ll be that much more valuable to your organization. Employers will appreciate your continuous learning cycle and desire to improve, and so will your patients. When people know you do what you can to provide the best care possible, it reassures them and shows how much you care about their well-being. Whether in the office or the lab, be a sponge for new information.
4. Be two steps ahead
Anticipate patient and staff needs and you’ll become an invaluable asset. When you know how individual staff members like to work, or how each patient likes to be treated, you can provide the best care. You’ll know when your doctor needs a certain tool, when to schedule a follow up appointment, or how a patient might react to a procedure. While you may not be able to predict the future, the more you see and experience, the more knowledgeable you’ll become.
5. Stay Healthy
You can’t do your job if you’re not on-the-job. Eat well, get some exercise, and be sure to get plenty of rest. When you’re healthy you’re more able to stay on top of your day-to-day tasks and bring your best self to your job and your patients. As a Medical Assistant, you may need to help out on night shifts and weekends, and occasionally work odd hours. Create a routine, whatever hours you need to work, and get enough sleep. You’ll be more alert and ready tackle the challenges of your career.
If you’d like to learn more about medical assistant training, Career Quest Learning Centers can help you get started. Give us a call in Mt. Pleasant 877-345-8505, Jackson at 877-365-8144 or Lansing at 877-481-4930 today.