Daily duties of medical assistants include administrative duties such as answering phones, using computer applications, filing medical records, scheduling appointments and filling out different types of paperwork. Medical assistants also perform clinical duties such as recording medical histories, performing laboratory tests, preparing patients for exams and explaining treatment procedures.
Medical assistants work in outpatient care facilities and physician's offices. These health care professionals have daily duties that change regularly based on the needs of the office or care facility. Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform both clinical and administrative duties. On a daily basis, medical assistants greet patients, arrange laboratory services, organize hospital admissions and handle bookkeeping. Additionally, medical assistants help make patients feel comfortable and at ease while visiting the physician's office.
Daily clinical duties vary from day to day, however, these duties include providing direct assistance to the physician, gathering laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, informing patients about medication and administering medications. The medical assistant must earn a CMA (AAMA) certification to authorize prescription refills, draw blood samples, take electrocardiograms, change dressings and remove sutures. These professionals also fill out paperwork required for the day, such as insurance forms and surgical permission forms. In some cases, the medical assistant prepares patient rooms for minor surgery or other medical procedures.