Thursday, March 20, 2008

Everest University Presents the Orlando Medical Assistants Industry Outlook

The Orlando JobSpot is proud to announce the return of Industry Outlooks, where great Orlando community leaders, employers and educational institutions sponsor industries that are experiencing expansion, growth, exciting times or are in need of great individuals to come in and work exciting careers. All the careers showcased will also be seen in the Employment Guide's "Guide To Careers" which will be distributed within our papers, at our job fair April 17th and a few other great events around the Orlando and Central Florida community.

Our first installment in this reoccurring series is brought to you by Everest University who have 3 Central Florida locations where you can expand your education and broaden your horizons. For more information on Everest University, you can find them in the Education Video Center at the Employment Guide.

So without further delay the industry outlook in Orlando for Medical Assistants!

Nature of the Work:

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. They should not be confused with Physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician. (Physician assistants are discussed elsewhere in the Handbook.)
The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty. In small practices, medical assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.
Medical assistants who perform administrative tasks have many duties. They update and file patients’ medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. They also perform tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.

For clinical medical assistants, duties vary according to what is allowed by State law. Some common tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments.

Working Conditions
Many construction equipment operators work outdoors, in nearly every type of climate and Medical assistants work in well-lighted, clean environments. They constantly interact with other people and may have to handle several responsibilities at once. Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. However, many medical assistants work part time, evenings, or weekends.

Training and other Qualifications
Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1-year or 2-year programs. Education and training. Postsecondary medical assisting programs are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges. Programs usually last either 1 year and result in a certificate or diploma, or 2 years and result in an associate degree. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as typing, transcription, record keeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. They study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics. There are various organizations that accredit medical assisting programs. Accredited programs often include an internship that provides practical experience in physicians’ offices, hospitals, or other health care facilities.

Formal training in medical assisting, while generally preferred, is not always required. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, although this practice is less common than in the past. Applicants usually need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Recommended high school courses include mathematics, health, biology, typing, bookkeeping, computers, and office skills. Volunteer experience in the health care field also is helpful. Medical assistants who are trained on the job usually spend their first few months attending training sessions and working closely with more experienced workers.

Look out for more exciting careers here on the JobSpot next week and also in Monday's edition of the Employment Guide. Look for it at a Publix, Wal-Mart, DMV or any of our other 100+ locations around Central Florida.

*If you are an employer or education center and wish to sponsor an industry, please send an email to Greg Rollett and we will get you the details!*

Happy hunting Orlando!

Greg Rollett

Everest University and the Employment Guide

Title photo courtesy of stenbough


a physician assistant March 25, 2008 at 12:24 PM  

I'm a recent graduate myself who just found a job as a physician assistant. I found a bunch of physician assistant job listings and wanted you to pass this along to other professionals.

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