Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Medical Assistant Job Application Tips

New graduates from medical assistant programs looking for their first job often feel that don't have enough experience under their belt to compete with others and often get discouraged.

Do You "Suffer" From Lack of Experience?
Lack of experience can be an obstacle for new medical assistants fresh out of school. Most employers, indeed, are looking for workers with one to two years experience when they hire and it is the new medical assistant who feels the sting of not having the amount of experience the employer expects.

However, little do new medical assistants seeking for jobs realize that their skills gained from previous jobs, volunteer work, related coursework, vocational training, and extracurricular activities can be just as impressive and beneficial as direct experience in the field. It should always be listed in the resume and highlighted in the interview.

As a medical assistant student YOU DID spend a considerable amount of time practicing important patient care skills under the direct supervision of your MA instructor:
  • Basic concepts of EKG, ESR, Hematocrit, Urinalysis, stool samples, throat cultures
  • Administering injections: intradermal, subcutaneous, deltoid, and Z-track
  • Basic wound care, bandaging, and cast removal
  • Snellen eye chart vision screening
  • Venipuncture/Phlebotomy
  • Collecting and organizing data for research and patient care
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