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4 Key Standards for Medical Assistants — What Are Yours?

April 27, 2015

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Create Standards for Your Medical Assistant Career and Become an Effective Leader

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Getting ahead in your Medical Assistant career means going the extra mile, not only as a health care professional, but as the member of a team within your medical office. Helping to cultivate a healthy and efficient work environment is the number one priority for a medical assistant. Setting standards for yourself is the best way to start your career and develop into the type of leader needed to succeed in today’s healthcare environment.

The patient is #1

Patient care will always be the most important part of the job for a medical assisting professional. One of your primary responsibilities will be to make sure each patient is treated with dignity and respect at all times. Maintaining a professional relationship between your medical office and your patients is vital.

Establish communication

Open and honest lines of communication are crucial when working within a team. Whether you’re delegating tasks, explaining a complex work issue or asking for another medical assistant’s opinion, you must be able to relay your message in a clear and concise manner, while also actively listening to others and their opinions. It takes a village.

Stay up-to-date on your field

Finishing your education could get your career started on the right track. But, don’t let your learning stop there. Continue to update yourself regarding the rapidly changing procedures and technology through workshops and seminars. It’s always a good thing to know about the next big thing before it happens.

Find your niche

When hiring staff, doctors tend to look for applicants who specialize in a particular medical field. This could be as simple as focusing on administrative or clinical skills, or you may choose to go after a specialty designation, such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, or women’s health, for example.

Now is a Great Time to Begin your Medical Assisting Career

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates the number of Medical Assistant jobs will increase by 29% by 2022*, making it one of the fastest growing professions in the country. For more information about the Medical Assisting Program at First Institute, click on the link below or call 815-459-3500.

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