Job Title: Medical Assistant
Type of Company: Medical examinations for immigration and insurance.
Education: diploma, Brymann School AS, Massachusetts Bay Community College
Previous Experience: I worked in various capacities in doctors' offices.
Job Tasks: My responsibilities include taking down the medical history, vital signs, blood draw and EKG's of our patients. Normally, I travel to their homes or work. A patient should have fasted for at least 4 hours, and sometimes 12, and will have drunk plenty of water. I ask them medical questions pertaining to their health and the health of family members. At this time they need their doctor's name, address and phone number, when they have seen the doctor last and what medications they are on. They need to give me detailed medical information covering at least the past 5 years, although some companies ask for more. I will then take vital signs: height, weight, chest waist measurements, blood pressure and pulse. I then draw their blood and collect a urine specimen. Depending on the exam requirements, an electrocardiogram may need to be done. After I've collected the data, I seal it in an envelope and mail to the company. I then have to take the blood home where I have a separate area for a small lab set up. At this time I have to centrifuge the blood, separating the serum from red blood cells. I then transfer the serum to another tube and place it in a shipping box. Fed Ex is called and from there they pick up the blood and urine and send it to the lab. This is done for every appointment.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I have a very flexible schedule and I know the job well so it is very easy. I do have to travel which can get expensive for gas, and I have to go into people's homes which can get strange at times. You have to be able to put up with distractions like children and pets. People keep their homes up to their expectations not yours.
1.) Make sure your blood-drawing skills are great; no one is there to back you up. If you cannot get blood you do not get paid for that.
2.) Don't let anything get to you, rude people, animals ... you can get upset after you leave. I have to bite my tongue a lot.
3.) Get a GPS. You have to travel a lot.
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