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Various aspects of medical assistant training

31 Mar

Medical assistant training is designed to hone student’s skills and knowledge needed to work as a medical associate. With increase in medical facilities, the demand for skilled and knowledgeable healthcare aides is increasing accordingly.

Training for healthcare associates consists of theoretical knowledge of various topics related to medical assisting. In addition to this, it also consists of practical or laboratory practices that an individual must be familiar with before applying for the job. Apart from institutional training, every training program ends up with an internship period.

The type of practices a candidate will perform depends upon the type of medical assisting stream he/she will choose to go with. Based upon the duties and responsibilities associated with this job-profile, training can be categorized as follows:

Clinical: The clinical aspect of medical associate education includes all subjects that related to duties that clinical assistant performs. The duties associated with this type of job-profile include taking vital signs like body temperature, measuring pulse rate, taking blood pressure etc., taking X-rays, help patients in understanding medical procedures and treatment, disposal of contaminated medical tools, collect and prepare lab specimens, sterilization of machines and equipment etc.

Training teaches student how to perform these tasks effectively at the same time following the medical rules and terminologies. The lecture-based part of training includes medical terminology, clinical procedures, first aid, human anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, pharmacology, and more.

Administrative: The administrative aspect of healthcare aide education covers all subjects related to the administrative part of healthcare assisting job. The duties associated with this type of job-profile include answering phone calls, preparing insurance claims, maintaining records of patients, set up communications with insurance companies, preparing and processing of patents’ insurance claims, handling of claim denial, and more.

During certification, student learns to perform these duties effectively. The lecture-based part of administrative aide education include keyboarding and computer applications, record-keeping and accounting, billing and coding techniques, electronic health records, mathematics, and more.

After completing lecture and practical education practices, students has to complete internship period in which they work with physicians and other medical professionals in real-world facilities. This way, students get familiarity with work performed at real-world medical facilities before actually joining them.

Upon completing training, the related college or school issue certificate to the candidate. A certified aide can work in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, private practices, and out-patient facilities.

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