Medical Assistants Job Description video

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Medical assistants are essential in keeping medical establishments organized and running smoothly. They must be organized individuals who can do several tasks at once and handle a large amount of detailed, important paperwork. If you are interested in this profession, you must work well with your hands, since duties can include the disposal of contaminated supplies or the sterilization of medical instruments. You should also enjoy talking to people, since you must make patients feel comfortable before and during an examination, and, in some states, meet with patients to explain treatment procedures. The amount of responsibility varies depending on where you work. For example, in smaller practices, handling both clerical and clinical duties is to be expected, whereas many large practices encourage specialization in one area. Regardless of where medical assistants work, they are invaluable in making life easier for the medical staff and its patients.

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