1. The Profession of Medical Assisting. Learning Outcomes. 1.1 Describe the job responsibilities of a medical assistant. 1.2 Discuss the professional training of a medical assistant. 1.3 Identify the personal characteristics a medical assistant needs.
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The Profession of Medical Assisting
1.1 Describe the job responsibilities of a medical assistant.
1.2 Discuss the professional training of a medical assistant.
1.3 Identify the personal characteristics a medical assistant needs.
1.4 Define multiskilled health professional.
1.5 Explain the importance of continuing education for a medical assistant.
1.6 Describe the process and benefits of certification and registration.
1.7 List the benefits of becoming a member of a professional association.
A multitasking professional is someone who is able to work in the administrative area, the clinical areas, and the financial areas.
ANSWER: Developing good organizational skills and good study habits, and setting goals.
Certification examination evaluates mastery of medical assisting competencies
Recertify every 5 years
60 contact hours
10 each in clinical, administration, general areas
30 additional hours in any areaCertified Medical Assistant (CMA)
What are two reasons why credentialing the AAMAis important?Apply Your Knowledge
ANSWER: The likelihood of a legal challenge to quality of care decreases when employees are certified, and Managed Care Organizations place importance on credentials for employees.
What is the purpose of accreditation for medical assistant programs?
List two advantages of multiskill training.
ANSWER: Accreditation ensures that the program meets nationally accepted standards.
ANSWER: Multiskill training reduces health care costs and expands your career opportunities.
True or False:
Your duties will never vary.
Advanced duties never require additional training.
State laws regulate medical assistant practice.
You must have the appropriate training to perform a procedure.
Duties vary based on practice setting, state law, level of practice.
Advanced duties require advanced training and certification.
1.1 Responsibilities will vary from administrative to laboratory duties
1.2 Professional training includes formal training in a variety of educational settings
1.3 Personal characteristics include flexibility and good communication skills
1.4 Cross-training/being multiskilled is important for marketability
1.5 Continuing education keeps you abreast of changes in health-care and governmental regulations.
1.6 Certification and registration provide peer recognition and career advancement.
1.7 Professional membership affiliations provide networking opportunities.
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