becoming a medical assistant was the best decision I've made. I learned surgical tips, how to properly take the history of and present a patient and how amazing insurance companies are (NOT!) ultimately, I learned that my passion for medicine runs deeper than I thought. it was the perfect transition into medical school. Get ready for a photo recap of my 2 years as a medical assistant and some frequently asked questions and answers sprinkled here and there.
im starting my job as an ma soon. any tips?
turn into a sponge. absorb all the information you can. I walked around with a little notebook in my pocket. I remember the first thing I wrote down was "purpura = bruise".
-check over your work
-ask questions when you need to but also take the time to be proactive and figure things out yourself.
oh and most importantly, have fun! medicine is cool and you get to have an integral part in changing someones life.
my mom only keeps me around because I give her facials (love you)
it was a good day if I had a total of 6 biopsies. some days were 20 specimen days.
what was the coolest thing you've done while on the job?
assist on surgeries Hands down! there was nothing better than surgery days. so much goes into them. you have to set up the proper surgical tools, create a sterile field, and be ready for a surprise nicked blood vessel at any moment. *sighs* surgery is lit!
treating three types of alopecia with platelet rich plasma aka liquid gold
what was the hardest thing you had to learn to do?
learning how each doctor operates is not something that is necessarily a hard thing, but it does take a lot of practice to commit to memory. for example, dr. johnson may like to only use 11 blades while dr. borges may like a certain type of gloves for surgeries. every body Is different and it makes sense that doctors like different things. it took me a while to get the specifics down like the back of my hand. but, when I finally did I felt like I could work more efficiently.
cosmetics. I blame my job for my excessive skincare stash.
the transition from paper charts to electronic medical records was a definite shock to the system.
How did you get this job with no ma experience?
while in undergrad, I had a mental breakdown. weird way to start off but it'll make sense in a minute. I knew I was going to take a gap year but I had no Idea what I was going to do in the meantime. I needed money (not much has changed #medstudentprobs) but I also wanted to make the most of the couple years I had. I emailed and called a total of 15 dermatology offices near me in hopes of finding a doctors office that would give me a chance. a very long and time consuming story short, an office hired and trained me to work as a dermatological medical assistant.
a lot of my work days were like this picture...a blur!
I wrote down everything.
well skin IS the largest organ in the human body. I knew that if I didn't end up liking dermatology, there is enough cross over with other specialties that I would use the knowledge I gained again. I went in with this attitude and ended up loving it. dermatology intrigues me because its so multifaceted. in one day, you can do a surgery, filler, treat acne, do a cosmetic consultation, treat hairloss, take cultures. its literally jam packed with so many different things! the free samples are a good perk too.
the only place I don't complain when I have to wash dishes..sometimes
the most rewarding part of being a medical assistant was the patient interaction. I loved being able to assist in their treatment and hear some amazing stories. it was the greatest feeling knowing that patients trusted me. Im four years from becoming a doctor but this job gave me the confidence I needed to give medical school all I have!