In a small office they tend to report directly to a physician, health practitioner or office manager.
In a larger office they tend to specialized in a particular area and they report to department administrator or other operations management.
Medical Assistants have administrative and clinical duties.
Administrative duties like scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purpose.
My interest was sparked even more when, as an undergraduate, I was asked to assist in a study one of my professors was conducting on how children experience and process fear and the prospect of death.
This professor was not in the medical field; rather, her background is in cultural anthropology.
A CMA with spare time on their hands can always find something useful to do such as catch up on paperwork, filing documents in patients’ medical records, documenting in patient charts, working on scheduling for the next day, cleaning supplies, clean or set up exam rooms, or many other tasks with their job description in order to keep them busy.
Along with the above listed reasons, there are other more minor reasons I chose medical assisting. I’m not saying salary is not an important aspect to consider when choosing a career because it definitely is but, it’s just not at the top of my list of reasons for choosing this career.
It was here that I experienced first-hand the power and compassion of medicine, not only in healing but also in bringing unlikely individuals together, such as adults and children, in uncommon yet profound ways.
And it was here that I began to take seriously the possibility of becoming a pediatric surgeon.