Registered Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant is a trained professional member of the physician's staff.  With the increasing demands on the physician's time, the Medical Assistant is given greater responsibility than ever before.  The Medical Assistant aids the physician directly in the office or clinic, examining room and laboratory.  Some common tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for exminations, giving injections and assisting physicians during examinations.  Medical Assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies and sterlize medical instruments.  

As directed by a physician, they might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures and change dressings.  Medical Assistants also may arrange examining room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.  The medical assistant will also play an important role in the front office by recording appointments, completing insurance forms and billing.  In short, the Medical Assistant is the direct link between the doctor and the patient.  

Key Benefits

Registered Medical Assistants have job preference
Association with other professionals
Continuing Medical Education