5 Reasons Why Medical Assistants Deserve Appreciation
This week is Medical Assistant Awareness week, and the Harris School of Business wants to show our appreciation for our Medical Assistant students. Our students work hard every day of the week to learn the skills and information they will need once they’re in the workforce. Here are some of the reasons we appreciate them:
1 – Medical assistants are compassionate people
Medical assisting is a helping profession that requires empathy and compassion while working with patients. If you become a medical assistant, you will be helping others throughout your career! Compassion is just one of the many great traits of a medical assistant.
2 – They’re eager to learn new concepts
Most of our students enter our school with no medical experience, but as they begin to learn about the career, they always amaze us as they start to understand medical terminology and medical concepts. If you decide to enroll in medical assistant training, here are some of the things you will learn:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
- Basics of pharmacology
- First Aid and CPR
- How to measure and record vital signs
- How to administer injections
- How to draw blood
- Working with electronic health records
3 – They aren’t afraid of needles (not anymore!)
For some people, the thought of enrolling in a medical assistant training program triggers a fear of blood and needles. But talk to our students and you will find that they’ve gotten over these fears pretty quickly.
4 – They don’t mind being “guinea pigs”
As students learn the clinical skills they need, such as measuring blood pressure or undergoing an EKG, the best way to practice is on a fellow human being. We are lucky that our students don’t mind being the practice patients (or “guinea pigs”) for our lab sessions!
5 – They know the difference between systolic pressure and diastolic pressure
Did you ever wonder what the top and bottom numbers of your blood pressure mean? The systolic pressure (top number) measures the amount of pressure in your arteries during contraction of your heart muscle, while the diastolic pressure (bottom number) is the pressure when your heart is in between beats. This is just one of the many medical concepts our medical assistants know!
Bonus reason: They look terrific in scrubs!
Ever notice how most healthcare professionals wear scrubs? At the Harris School, our students begin wearing scrubs from the very start of the school year, in preparation for their new career field. And what’s more, they look so professional in them!