Administrative Versus Clinical Medical Assisting

According the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is among the fastest growing careers in the country. The growth is due to an aging population and continuing advancements in medical technology. The ability to perform both administrative and clerical duties also makes the profession popular because it can save staffing costs.

Medical assistants are considered part of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team (PCMH) and are ranked as being in the top five PCMH professions.

So what exactly is a medical assistant? A medical assistant works closely alongside a physician and performs a variety of duties within a medical office or clinical setting …

Administrative Medical Assisting

Administrative responsibilities include the following:

  • Computer applications
  • Greeting patients and scheduling appointments
  • Patient billing and correspondence
  • Updating patient medical files
  • Scheduling hospital admissions
  • Scheduling laboratory services
  • Answering phones

For those who have an interest in working in the healthcare field but are reluctant to work the non-traditional hours and holidays often associated with the profession, becoming a medical assistant can be a great option. Medical assistants often hold full-time positions working a traditional 40-hour workweek. They often work in physician offices during regular office hours, but there are part-time, weekend and evening options available for those who need a different work schedule.

Clinical Medical Assisting

Clinical Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assisting physician
  • Collecting laboratory specimens
  • Taking blood samples
  • Preparation of medications
  • Performing electrocardiograms
  • Recording patient medical history
  • Taking out sutures

Employment in the field of medical assisting is often found at small clinics or private physician offices. They are often called “generalists” at clinics because they are able to perform all of the general duties in a clinic.


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