What does a medical assistant do?
A medical assistant is a multi-skilled allied health care professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers and may work in general medicine or specialty practices.
Common duties of a medical assistant include administrative and clinical tasks like:
Why earn a medical assistant certification?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, which are expected to grow around 5 percent.
Having a nationally accredited certification, like the CCMA, can help you stand out. Certification may also be required or preferred for certain job opportunities in the profession.
Many organizations are now offering career laddering opportunities for medical assistants with elevated responsibilities and pay. Elevated roles may include those of a scribe, health coach, patient navigator, population health manager and patient care coordinator.
These course will be taught by Abimelech Velazco, Program Monitor and Trainer at UMass Medical School Department of Performance Improvement and Training. Prior to that, Abby was the MA Training Specialist for Reliant Medical Group’s Department of Clinical Education and Development for 7 years.