Learn the Important Medical Assistant Traits

Are you interested in the field of Medical Assisting, yet unsure if it is the right choice for you and your personality? If you can relate with the below Medical Assistant traits, First Institute’s training program could be the perfect option for you!

1.     Accountability – As a medical assistant, people are going to depend on you. Probably dozens of people – at any given time. Physicians, fellow staff and patients will rely on you to carry out your tasks in a correct and timely manner.  Not being on the ball could put a patient’s health at risk and damage your professional reputation. Be the kind of medical assistant that others can depend on. Responsibility holds more weight than you might think.

2.     Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills – Because you’ll be working as part of a team, effective communication is one of the most important medical assistant qualities you can possess. You may be the first person to work with a new patient, and it’ll be important that you pass correct information on to nurses, doctors or anyone else who may come into contact with the patient. Also, make sure to practice listening with both your ears and your eyes – the way patients act can tell you just as much as what they say aloud.

3.     Detail-oriented – They say that it’s the little things that mean the most. This holds especially true in the medical field. Do you typically take notes? If so, keep it up and don’t drop that habit. If you don’t, start now. The little details are what separate the best medical assistants from the rest of the pack. If for no other reason, focus on details for your patients’ safety.

4.     Considerate – Have you ever spent time in a doctor’s office with an injury or illness? It’s not very fun, and it’s not very comfortable. Just think about how much it means to patients when the medical team is understanding and kind. It may help turn a seemingly miserable experience into one more pleasant. The great medical assistants generally adhere to the Golden Rule. You know the one we’re talking about!

5.     Work well under pressure – When working in a health care facility, intense situations may be part of the deal. While not every day is going to bring high pressure, some will, and you’ll need to equip yourself with composure and the right attitude. When faced with a serious situation, remember your training and realize that you’re there to help those who need it most. Keep those things in mind, and you’ll be just fine.

6.     Integrity – Medical assistant duties generally include handling patients’ privileged personal and health information. Not only are there HIPAA privacy rules but, on a daily basis, you may encounter situations in which your ethics and morals will come in to question. Mentioning a patient’s personal information, even to a family member or friend, is simply not an option. Respecting a patient’s privacy is key!

Perhaps the First Institute Medical Assisting certification program is for you! Click here to learn more about this rewarding career option!

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