Clinical medical assistants are versatile and valuable members of the healthcare team who can handle a broad range of duties, including vital signs, patient history, oral and parenteral medications, phlebotomy, assisting with exams, patient education, minor office procedures, ECGs, and laboratory testing. The greatest value of a medical assistant is in helping physicians optimize their office flow, which allows for more patients to be seen.
Job growth for medical assistants will result from:
- The increased medical needs of an aging population.
- The increased number of Americans who are covered by health insurance.
- Healthcare reform that is shifting care from hospitals to clinics and ambulatory care.