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What is a Medical Assistant?

Medical assistants perform administrative and/or clinical tasks to support the work of physicians and other healthcare professionals. They perform routine tasks and procedures such as measuring patients' vital signs, administering vaccines, medications, and injections, recording information in electronic medical record systems, performing simple office procedures such as rapid Strep tests, and both collecting and preparing specimens for laboratory testing.

Medical assistants may also perform many administrative duties, including answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patients’ medical records, and scheduling appointments.

Medical assistants normally require formal training in health services provision for competent performance in their jobs. Formal education usually occurs in post-secondary institutions such as vocational schools, technical institutes, community colleges, online educational programs or junior colleges. Medical assistant training programs most commonly lead to a certificate or a diploma, which take around one year to complete, or an associate's degree, which takes around two years.

This occupation should not be confused with physician assistants, who are licensed professionals trained to practice medicine and surgical procedures in collaboration with a physician.

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