Clinical medical assistants are versatile and valuable members of the healthcare team who can handle a broad range of duties, including reception, telephone, scheduling, accounts receivable, data entry, 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.