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The First Person You See

Updated on July 2, 2017
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We are usually the first of persons you see. We're at the reception desk where you sign in. We call you in, take your height and weight. We escort you to the exam room where we proceed to take your vitals (blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respiration. We set the stage for doctor/patient integrity by being professional and obtaining the reason for your visit (chief complaint) so the doctor may better serve you.

The Medical Assistant; whether Administrative or Clinical, sets the pace for office patient flow. To assist the physician in your treatment plan, we may perform an EKG (electrocardiogram), and assist you in taking the PFT (pulmonary function test). Because we are assistants, we may perform injections or draw some blood (venipuncture) from you, the patient. We follow OSHA and HIPAA standards and take the necessary safety procedures and universal precautions to assure for clinical efficiency.

The development and exercise of good customer service skills is essential to the medical assistant. The better the medical assistant communicates with the patient, the better the foundation for the physician to develop a medical regime for the patient and also conserves time for other patients who are waiting.

Medical Assistants are knowledgeable, skilled and professional. They are a vital part of the healthcare industry. So although most recent grads are waiting weeks and sometimes months to obtain employment; do not think for one minute that the medical assistant is not needed, rather it is needed that the medical assistant remain professional.

If you have been thinking about becoming a medical assistant, here are a few qualifications you must have: *professionalism,*empathy and compassion, *honesty,*flexibility, *be adaptable to change, *willingness and ability to be a team player.

Since some people find a doctors visit/examination to be frightening and/or nerve racking, having the above qualities can help the patient feel more comfortable and at ease.

(S. Turner)

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    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you blue.lotus for your visit and comments. Yes! Med. Assistants must have integrity and empathy to impact the patients they service and interact with. Glad the med. asst. lived up to her role and title, which helped you through your times of need. Have a great day.

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      blue.lotus 

      7 years ago from Cali

      Years ago I suffered through an early miscarriage and I must say the medical assistant at my Doc's office was the most supportive of any of the medical staff. She is a an angel.. I have cried on her shoulder more than once through the years. Kudos to med support staff personnel like that!

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks katiem2 as you can see this was one of my first hubs. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a great day!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      The first person you see often makes all the difference and so we should all treat the first person we see as we would like our own outcome to be... Great read thanks :)

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you liked it? And, I would like to know just what the 'what' is please! Thanks for reading/commenting!

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      Jo Manny 

      8 years ago

      Wow, now that is what I am talking about dude. Wow.

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    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for reading my very first HP article! Glad you liked it.

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I enjoyed reading this and I always appreciate Medical Assistants who are so lovely to me. Its nice you stated the skills required for the Job.

      Best Wishes. :)

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      It really is a good feeling to be able to give comfort to a concerned patient. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to read this hub. HAVE A GREAT DAY !!!!!!!!!

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I have worked in a few medical facilities escorting patients to their rooms and taking history. I even was trained to take xrays and enjoyed my experiences trying to make the patient comfortable. I enjoyed your hub. Aloha!

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Making them a little longer when possible. Thanks!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, I know to have Over 400 words is best. even better is 800 - 1000 words they say google picks it up better. I am not sure although another site that I write for likes the long ones they say you earn more. But its entireley up to you cheers

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the advice. I do not think that you are picking.Part of our journey is learning how to improve our writing skills. I did not know I could make the hub longer as I was given a limit. Maybe I misinterpreted it. Hopefully, I'll get better as I go along.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Hi you have made your first hub start, If I were you I would add an amazon capsule and also try and think of a bit more information, Medical examinations can be a scary experience, try and reasure people. If you can you could do it in another text capsule with another title. that way you can break it up and maybe put more pics or a pole asking what experience people have had in this situation good or bad then they can vote which help they received.

      It would keep people on your site longer and also give more info. Have a look at other similar articles. I hope you wont think I am picking,I just want to help you to learn more and enjoy the experience with hubpages. Thanks for sharing this information

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