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54. Medical Assisting Externships and Preparing to Find a Position. Learning Outcomes. 54.1 Perform professionally in all externship scenarios. 54.2 Discuss employment services and methods of obtaining a position. 54.3 Create a résumé. Learning Outcomes (cont.). 54.4 Create a cover letter.

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54

Medical Assisting Externships and Preparing to Find a Position


Learning outcomes
Learning Outcomes

54.1 Perform professionally in all externship scenarios.

54.2 Discuss employment services and methods of obtaining a position.

54.3 Create a résumé.


Learning outcomes cont
Learning Outcomes (cont.)

54.4 Create a cover letter.

54.5 Create a follow-up letter.

54.6 Explain key factors for a successful interview.


Introduction

Externship – an opportunity to explore the different responsibilities of a medical assistant

You will learn to write a

Résumé

Cover letter

Thank-you letter

Form a strategic plan for securing a position

Introduction


Externships
Externships responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Opportunity to gain on-the-job experience

  • Minimum of 160 hours

  • Mandatory requirement

    • ABHES

    • CAAHEP


The externship process
The Externship Process responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Educational institutions partner with medical facilities

    • Practicum coordinator

      • Arranges experiences

      • Ensures that the site will provide a thorough educational experience

    • Requirements

      • Signed affiliation agreement


The externship process cont
The Externship Process responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Screening by medical facility

    • Interviews students

    • Drug screening

    • Background check

  • Time sheets and progress reports

    • Completed daily

    • Student is monitored by practicum coordinator and the program director


Expectations of externship candidates
Expectations of Externship Candidates responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Professionalism

    • Accept constructive criticism

    • Be open to suggestions and ideas

    • Do not question or argue with preceptors concerning how procedures are done

    • Use proper verbal skills and grammar

    • Turn cell phones and pagers off during working hours


Expectations of externship candidates cont
Expectations of Externship Candidates responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Attendance

    • Report each day assigned to a schedule

    • Be dependable and punctual

    • Adhere to policies regarding breaks


Expectations of externship candidates cont1
Expectations of Externship Candidates responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Professional appearance

    • Clean, pressed, and well-fitting uniform

    • Name tag or badge

    • No artificial nails, visible tattoos, or facial piercings

    • Hair off collar

    • Avoid colognes, perfumes, and scented hair products


Expectations of externship candidates cont2
Expectations of Externship Candidates responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • As an extern you represent

    • The school you attend

    • The profession of medical assisting

    • Yourself


Expectations of externship candidates cont3
Expectations of Externship Candidates responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Initiative and willingness to learn

    • Accept all assignments

    • Ask for additional work if time permits

    • Look for additional experiences


Apply your knowledge
Apply Your Knowledge responsibilities of a medical assistant

What are the expectations of a candidate for an externship?

ANSWER: Candidates are expected display professionalism in actions and appearance, to be dependable and punctual, and to exhibit initiative and a willingness to learn.

Very Good!


Preparing to find a position
Preparing to Find a Position responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Career services department

    • Job placement

    • Counselors

      • Résumé

      • Interviewing skills

      • Positions available


Seeking employment
Seeking Employment responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Take advantage of resources

    • Classified ads and employment Websites

    • Internet Websites sites

    • Employment services

    • Networking

  • Explore possibilities


R sum s
Résumés responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Components

    • Personal information

    • Professional objective

    • Employment experience

    • Educational background


R sum s cont
Résumés responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Components

    • Awards and honors

    • Campus and community activities

    • Professional memberships and activities

    • Summary of skills


R sum s cont1

Choosing a résumé style responsibilities of a medical assistant

Functional – highlights specialty areas of accomplishments and strengths

Chronological– used by people with job experience

Targeted – focuses on a specific job target

Writing the résumé

Direct, functional style

Focus on verbs that imply action

Choose words that display strengths and demonstrate initiative

Résumés (cont.)


R sum s cont2
Résumés responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Writing tips

    • Organize information on a worksheet

    • List educational institutions with dates attended and degree or certificate attained

    • Choose format that best describes you


R sum s cont3
Résumés responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Tips

    • Use a computer and save work

    • Proofread for spelling and grammar

    • Use high-quality paper

    • Be truthful and honest


R sum s cont4
Résumés responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Cover letter

    • An introduction to résumé

    • Markets your résumé as well as your skills and abilities

    • Direct and to the point

    • One page in length

    • Address to specific person at organization

    • Make descriptions of your qualifications reflect the words used by the company’s advertisement


Sending a r sum
Sending a Résumé responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Use correct address, zip code, and name of facility

  • Verify the fax number before sending

  • E-mail

  • Post your résumé and cover letter on a career job search site on the Internet


Obtaining a reference
Obtaining a Reference responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Recommendation for employment

  • Always ask permission before listing someone as a reference

  • Faculty and externship facility

  • Generally 3 to 5

    • Employment

    • Academic

    • Character


Portfolios
Portfolios responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Collection of employment documentation

    • Résumé

    • Reference list

    • Awards

    • Transcripts

    • Diploma/certificates

  • Professional appearance


Apply your knowledge1
Apply Your Knowledge responsibilities of a medical assistant

What do you include on a functional resume?

ANSWER: You should highlight specialty areas of your accomplishments and strengths.

Name two things that you know about the cover letter.

  • ANSWER: The cover letter:

  • Markets your resume as well as your skills and abilities

  • Direct and to the point

  • One page in length

Correct!


Interview planning and strategies
Interview Planning and Strategies responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Practice interviewing

  • Anticipate questions

  • Learn about the company

  • Dress appropriately

  • Be poised and relaxed


Interview planning and strategies cont
Interview Planning and Strategies responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Maintain comfortable eye contact

  • Relate your experience to the job

  • Be honest

  • Focus on how you can benefit the company

  • Be punctual


Interview planning and strategies cont1
Interview Planning and Strategies responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Be honest

  • Exhibit appropriate behavior

  • Comply with application process

  • Do not contact the interviewer excessively


Interview questions
Interview Questions responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Anticipate questions you may be asked

  • Inappropriate questions

    • Age

    • Race

    • Sexual orientation

    • Marital status

    • Number of children


Reasons for not being hired
Reasons for Not Being Hired responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Poor appearance

  • Acting like a know-it-all

  • Poor communication

  • Lack of planning

  • Lack of confidence or poise


Reasons for not being hired cont
Reasons for Not Being Hired responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • No enthusiasm for the job

  • Not active in extracurricular school programs

  • Being interested only in salary offer

  • Poor school record

  • Unwilling to begin in entry-level position


Reasons for not being hired cont1
Reasons for Not Being Hired responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Making excuses for poor record

  • No tact

  • No maturity

  • No curiosity about the job

  • Being critical of past employers


Salary negotiations

Salary ranges based on responsibilities of a medical assistant

Geographic location

Medical specialty

Experience

Credentialing

Job description

Prepare a budget to determine needed income

Benchmark for negotiating

Employer should bring up salary first

Ask about range for position

Salary Negotiations


Apply your knowledge2
Apply Your Knowledge responsibilities of a medical assistant

During an interview, the interviewer asks you your age and if you are married and have children. How should you answer these questions?

ANSWER: These are inappropriate questions. You should be polite and professional in declining to answer the questions. You may state that you do not believe the information is needed to evaluate your qualifications for the job.

Correct!


On the job
On the Job responsibilities of a medical assistant

  • Learn to be an effective employee

  • Identify skills in your daily duties

  • Stay competitive and marketable through continuing education

  • Integrate constructive criticism


On the job cont

Job description responsibilities of a medical assistant

Lists and describes expectations of position and duties to be performed

Provides standard benchmarks

Employee evaluations

Initial review after probationary period and annually

Describes performance

Evaluates strengths and weaknesses

On the Job (cont.)


On the job cont1
On the Job responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

  • Continuing education

    • Set educational advancement goals annually

    • Stay current

      • Medical publications

      • Medical assisting meetings

      • Internet

    • Required to maintain certification


Apply your knowledge3
Apply Your Knowledge responsibilities of a medical assistant

What is the purpose of your job description?

ANSWER: Your job description lists and describes the expectations for your position and the duties you are expected to perform. It is used as the standard by which you are evaluated.

Outstanding!


In summary
In Summary responsibilities of a medical assistant

54.1 Students’ weekly progress sheets should reveal new goals each week and progress on previous weeks’ goals. Their assessment and preceptor’s assessments should be similar and show professionalism, willingness to learn, and continual progress throughout the externship.

54.2 Students should be able to list classified advertisements available in local papers, employment Websites, networking and employment agencies where employment assistance is available.


In summary cont
In Summary responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

54.3 With assistance, students should turn in a workable, professional résumé which can be used to begin the employment search.

54.4 Students should create a basic, professional cover letter which can be modified to fit the job description they are applying for.


In summary cont1
In Summary responsibilities of a medical assistant(cont.)

54.5 Students should create a basic follow-up letter that can be modified to send to each individual prospective employer after the interview is completed.

54.6 Students should be able to list key factors such as portraying confidence, smiling, looking the interviewer in the eye, having questions ready for the interviewer about the position, and practicing answers to common interviewing questions. If possible, participation in a mock interview should be considered.


End of chapter 54
End of Chapter 54 responsibilities of a medical assistant

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

~ Aristotle


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