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Source: WebMD

Medical assistants are health care professionals who assist doctors in clinics and medical offices. Even though medical assistants work directly with doctors, they don’t give medical advice to patients — their duties are limited to collecting information and preparing the doctor and patient for the medical visit.

A medical assistant might do administrative tasks like:

  • Answering phones and scheduling appointments
  • Greeting patients and their families
  • Filing and updating medical records
  • Coding and completing insurance forms
  • Handling billing, bookkeeping, and general office mail

They may also perform clinical tasks such as:

  • Recording symptoms and updating medical histories
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory samples or performing basic lab tests
  • Assisting doctors during physical exams
  • Discussing prescription and dietary changes with patients
  • Dispensing medications and Handling prescription refill requests
  • Removing stitches or changing wound dressings
  • Drawing blood for lab tests
  • Conducting basic medical tests such as electrocardiograms

Medical assistant training programs range from 10 months to 2 years and are offered through vocational schools, universities, and junior colleges. Depending on the nature of the task, passing a certification exam may be required. Nationally recognized certifications include the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).

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