Saturday, October 22, 2011

What Is A Medical Assistant Externship?

Succeeding In An Externship

Some people aren't familiar with the term externship. Your externship is the final step of your medical assisting training while still enrolled in the program.

The medical assistant externship is designed for several purposes. You are expected to perform duties that were learned in class, as well as to learn, solidify and refine new skills that are taught by the medical office staff. The ability to perform is important, but equally of value is your ability to be a good team member.

You must use appropriate interpersonal skills, have a professional appearance and display a good attitude. The externship gives you the opportunity to prove your dependability; attendance and punctuality are indicators of reliability and dependability.

You must be willing to help with the smaller duties, like pulling and filing patient's charts, answer the phones and organizing supplies, as well as the more critical ones, like assisting with patient intake and doing basic clinical procedures.

An externship has to do with YOU! It means you finally get a chance to put everything you have learned in the classroom to use, dealing with actual patients and medical professionals in a real medical office environment. Although many medical assistant students have some apprehension about beginning their externship, once there, they find it to be a very rewarding experience which often can lead to a first permanent job.

To learn more about the medical assisting externship and what a medical assistant does please visit Medical Assistant Net on the Web.

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