What are the challenges in Medical assisting?
As someone interested in medical assisting as a potential career, what are some challenges you face on a daily basis? How do you cope with said challenges?
For example, as a medical assistant, you would be responsible for pretesting patients (taking pertinent medical history, vitals, and other tasks specific to that field). All of this needs to be done in 10-15 minutes before the doctor meets with the patient. Being late, or inaccurate results in disorganization and patient dissatisfaction. At the same time, one must be personable so that the patient does not feel rushed or uncomfortable.
To address these challenges, it is important to work on clear communication with both patients and members of the healthcare team and other medical assistants. It is ok to ask for help when needed to prevent burnout and mistakes. Work on medical knowledge and know how the doctor likes their testing done (it is common for doctors in the clinic to prefer testing being done in different ways).
Lastly, I would say that a medical assistant should try to work in a field that they find interesting, as this will contribute to positive attitude and facilitate learning.