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how do i know whats right for me, as a medical assistant?

I have a question for my medical assistants. How do I know what place is best suited for me? meaning hospitals, doctors' clinics, physician offices, etc

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Rita’s Answer

I am not a medical assistant but I am a doctor. As a MA, you usually only work in a doctor's office or clinic and not at the hospital. When you work in the office, you can choose whichever field you want. If you don't like it, you can always change. Usually the problem is that most doctors want to hire someone with experience. It may be better to work in a broad field like family medicine or internal medicine for a few years and then you can switch jobs to work for another specialist's office such as Ortho or GI.
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Melonie’s Answer

Hi Neftali, me again!

It really comes down to trusting your emotions and feelings. I thought going into a really busy OBGYN practice was my Heaven; but boy was I fooled!

I think it's important to shadow whatever role you're going to be entering. Get to know your coworkers, the providers, the routines. What you think you might want may not always be what was meant to be - so don't beat yourself up for being unsure. Do you prefer hospital settings, or off site offices? I prefer off site as I've never had interest in working in a hospital, so start there. Any specialties interest you? Do research on all the offices around! Branch out, aim high. Apply for jobs that sound amazing but you aren't sure you'll get.
My best advice in life with job applications is don't disqualify yourself, that's their job. You never know until you try.
Some more questions to consider:
1. What group of people do I want to work with? (adults, children, geriatric, immunocom., women, etc)
2. What specialty excites me? (mine was GYN, do your research!)
3. What am I comfortable doing? (bloodwork, charting, billing, etc)
4. What are the hours? (work and life balance is huge - which is why I left GYN.)
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