Opportunities in the medical office exist for medical assistants from all walks from live, from the younger generation, to middle-aged and mature workers. Working as a medical assistant is not limited to age, gender, race, religion, or even certain disabilities. There is plenty of room for men and women in “scrubs” everywhere.
From the employer’s point of view, the young energetic medical assistant right after high school is just as valuable as the mature and experienced medical office staff member, as long as they have the right attitude, interest and the desire to succeed. Each one brings special talents and skills to the office, and if they qualify medical office managers are ready to hire them.
Where Medical Assistants Work
Qualified medical assistants can work in almost any medical office, practice, and facility where they are supervised by the physician who hired them. Doctors and senior medical staff train, supervise and monitor their medical assistant’s activities right on the job.
The neat thing about being a medical assistant is that the opportunities in healthcare disciplines and medical services are so wide open and varied. There are countless general and special focus areas, such as family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, internal, gynecology, urology, dermatology, cardiology, you name it, and you can work in so many places, from small single-provider to large group practices, to ambulatory health clinics and large regional medical centers—it’s all out there and available to you in your role as a medical assistant.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants (PA) also like to have at least one or two medical assistant on their staff to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. It is their responsibility to keep the office’s work flow going and contribute to the doctor’s ability to provide efficient patient care.