Medical Assistant

Apr 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Child Life practice provides general medical care for infants, children, and teenagers.

Unit Job Summary: Performs duties related to patient care. Prepares patient's charts, making sure all recent testing is included. Weighs, measures, and assesses patient vital signs and records data. Records reasons for patient's visits. May assist patients with dressing and undressing upon request. Assists patient on/off stretchers, wheelchairs, and/or exam tables. Assists a doctor or nurse with procedures, including draping and/or positioning patients for examination or treatment, holding instruments, and/or adjusting lights. Assists with the collection, labeling, and logging of specimens. May perform phlebotomy. Utilizes appropriate patient care protocol relating to the physical, psychological, and developmental needs of the patient. Communicates all changes in the patient's biophysical and emotional status to the physician. Stocks and cleans assigned areas. Maintains an appropriate and clean patient care environment. Files and completes paperwork. Handles insurance-related authorizations under the supervision of a nurse and/or faculty member. Schedules additional tests, special procedures, and referrals to other physicians as necessary. May be called upon to help expedite results, clinical notes, and letters to the referring physicians as well as maintain accurate records on site. May assist with minor invasive procedures, change dressings, and remove sutures.

Unit Education: High School diploma or equivalent required. Medical assistant diploma from a medical assistant training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) required. Certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants preferred. CPR/First Aid certification preferred.

Unit Experience: Two years of healthcare related clinical experience required. Pediatric healthcare experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of basic medical terminology required. Knowledge of pharmacy, phlebotomy, injections, and EKG required. Ability to provide direct patient care in a professional and respectful manner required. Excellent verbal and written communication required. Ability to read documents or instruments required. Ability to perform detailed work required. Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions required. Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations required.

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