Medical Assistants

In 1956, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the American Medical Technologists (AMA) combined to create a certification exam. This certification exam was released in the year 1962 allowing students to become certified medical assistants (CMA). Over the years since the certification exam has been released many progressive changes have happened.
The American Association of Medical Assistants states: in their official website “In demand, medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.” We live in a time where new technologies and machines are taking over the medical job markets. In chapter one of Introduction to Medical Assisting and Health Professions, published in 1997 it states: “With advancing technology, the provider has increased on staff in practice,” and “Currently, there are over half a million certified medical assistants, with more than 650,000 job opportunities in the job market.” CMA’s will remain current by continuing their education through attending conferences and seminars provided by the facility. The AAMA official website states that they will continue to improve their knowledge of current technology, medicine, and science. CMA’s will have an ongoing education until the end of their career. This will ensure that they are updated on the latest health issues.
Medical assistants should embody qualities of compassion, ethics, adaptability, and dependability along with having strong communication skills. These qualities will be needed to work with patients in a facility. In the article “What does a Medical Assistant do?” written by Brianna Flavin, a student from Rasmussen College, Ms. Flavin states, “medical assistants in a hospital handle callers and drop-ins, schedule procedures, coordinate billing, help with paperwork and more. Those are activities a CMA would do in an administrative office.” In “About CMA today,” by the AMMA, it states the following: “explain the treatment procedures to the patient, prepare patients for examination, assist the physician, and collect laboratory specimens. These are activities a CMA would do in a clinical setting.”
This caring career is important because it helps a facility or institution to run smoothly. In “The role of the Medical Assistant in Your Office Practice,” written by Debbie Hill, a licensed MBA and RN, she states: “An MA can improve workflow, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce physician burnout.” Having medical assistants in the facility creates a beneficial environment because of their multi-skilled capabilities being brought to bear. The scope of practice for CMA limits duties to basic administrative, clerical, clinical, and technical supportive services.