Thursday, May 01, 2008

5 Tips for Becoming a Fast-Learning Medical Assistant

by Heather Johnson
Whether you are still in school or have already entered the workforce, you now realize how important the position of medical assistant is. Indeed, you have a lot of information to retain and are responsible for important duties. Don't become overwhelmed by the job, as you will quickly learn the ropes by following the five tips below.

1. Don't Hesitate to Ask – If you are having any doubts about something or have encountered a strange situation, never hesitate to ask your supervisor / teacher what to do. It might be prudent to ask questions privately if you are in front of a patient, but you should never feel too ashamed or proud to admit you need help.

2. Take Efficient Notes – While you are in class or are being trained on the job, take very efficient notes. Write rules and procedures down, as you may not be able to recall them later. Employers will actually appreciate your resourcefulness when they see you taking notes.

3. Stay Organized – From your notes to your workspace, you need to stay streamlined in order to be a more efficient medical assistant. Keep the clutter away and always know where your important tools are located.

3. Never Stop Studying – Even after you graduate, you need to keep authoritative texts handy and brush up on your studying from time to time. This will help to develop both your skills and a sharper memory.

4. Observe Your Superiors – Whether you are studying your teacher's demonstration of a blood draw or you are watching your employer fill out paperwork, take mental (and written) notes of how everything is done.

You may feel a bit overwhelmed on both the first day of medical assisting school and the first day on the job. After all, this is an important position and you are responsible for knowing a lot of information. Push any doubts from your mind, as everyone feels this way at first. By following the advice above, you will quickly catch on and become a seasoned pro in no time at all.

About the Author:Heather Johnson is a regular commentator on the subject of how to become a pharmacist. She welcomes your feedback and potential job inquiries at

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