Sample Medical Assistant Resume

Medical assistants provide much needed medical care to patients in the outpatient setting, such as clinics and doctor’s offices. These healthcare professionals assist physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in providing vital care to people in a variety of settings and specialties.

While specific job responsibilities are dependent on the particular type of facility, most medical assistants perform a combination of medical and administrative tasks to ensure that the clinic or doctor’s office sees patients in an effective, timely manner. These duties may include, but are not limited to: answering telephones, scheduling appointments, medical coding, maintenance of medical records, coordinating laboratory or hospital services, phlebotomy, wound care, performing electrocardiograms, preparing patients for treatment, and reinforcing patient education provided by doctors.

Education/Qualifications

According to the US Department of Labor, most states do not have any official regulations that govern the practice of medical assisting. However, the majority of employers only hire certified medical assistants who have completed an accredited medical assistant training program. These programs range in length from one to two years. A one year program at a technical school prepares the student with a medical assistant certification. There are also two year medical assistant programs where students can earn an associate’s degree. Be sure to check with potential employers to see their exact education requirements.
People who are well suited to become a medical assistant are those who are able to work well with others and have strong critical thinking skills. Medical assisting requires collaboration with many other medical professionals, and medical assistants must be able to work both independently and as part of a team. In addition, strong problem solving skills are a must in an ever changing medical environment.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that medical assisting jobs will increase by 23 percent over the next 8 years. This is a much higher rate than the average job growth of all other professions. The majority of medical assistants are employed in the primary care setting of the medical profession. As a result, the need for medical assistants will continue to rise in correlation with the increasing number of patients who have access to health insurance. This, coupled with the fact that medical assistants perform both clerical and medical duties, helps to ensure job security for those seeking to enter the field of medical assisting.

Job Earnings

The US Department of Labor reports that in May of 2015, the median salary of a medical assistant was $30,590, with the highest 10 percent of the profession earning more than $43,000. These numbers are based on full-time employment with an average of 40 hours a week. This comes out to a little over $14.50 an hour and is dependent on job location. When compared to the salaries of other health care professions, the medical assistant career lies somewhere in the middle. Although medical assistants make slightly more than nurse’s aides, they make slightly less than medical secretaries, and significantly less than registered nurses.

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Medical Assistant Resume Example

Objective

I am a bilingual nationally certified medical assistant with over 15 years of experience. I have experience in Occupational medicine, Orthopedics, GI, Urgent Care, Family Medicine, Pain Management, and Mental Health. I am seeking a full-time position where I will be able to use my skills and experience while also learning new ones.

Professional Experience

Southwest Metro Clinic, Chicago, IL (June 2012 – August 2016)
Medical Assistant

  • Managed administrative paper work such as: charting Lab forms for Biopsy, scheduling appointments, answering calls, rooming patients, explaining the procedures to patients and translate
  • Helped and assisted physician during examination and minor procedures
  • Verified patient information by interviewing patients; recording medical histories; confirming purpose of visit
  • Prepared patients for examination by performing preliminary physical tests; taking blood pressure, weight, and temperature; reporting patient history summary
  • Saved ophthalmologist’s time by helping with office procedures such as laser surgeries, tear duct probes
  • Secured patient information and maintained patient confidence by completing and safeguarding medical records; completing diagnostic coding and procedure coding; keeping patient information confidential
  • Scheduled surgeries by making arrangements with the surgical center; verifying times with patients; preparing charts, pre-admission and consent forms
  • Maintained safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing and following standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations
  • Kept equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs
  • Updated job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications

 

Akervall Clinic, Farmington Hills, MI (June 2006 – February 2010)
Medical Assistant

  • Ordered lab work and x-rays ,CTs, PET Scan, MRIs, Modified Barium Swallow and Esophagrams
  • Prioritized patient daily care according to acuity and scheduled patient procedures
  • Assisted patients with A.M care, taking vital signs, prepping for procedures, drawing blood, and obtaining specimens
  • Maintained and set up patient rooms
  • Performed preventive maintenance on emergency equipment
  • Assisted with patient and family education
  • Assisted physician with sterile and non-sterile dressing changes
  • Performed PFTs, breathing treatments and allergy injections
  • Utilized clinic software and databases to enter and retrieve patient data
  • Answered multi-line phone, operated fax and copy machine


Urologic Surgical Associates, Chicago, IL (June 2001 – February 2006)

Medical Assistant

  • Attended medical procedures in order to provide medical personnel with product assistance
  • Provided pre-arrival instructions to caller, utilizing knowledge of emergency medical techniques
  • Set up, scan and maintained medical files and databases, including records such as x-ray, lab, and procedure reports, medical histories, diagnostic workups, admission and discharge summaries, and clinical resumes on Picasso EHR
  • Provided pre-arrival instructions to caller, utilizing knowledge of emergency medical techniques
  • Recorded name of patient, address and name of attending physician to prepare medical records on new patients
  • Performed routine tests in medical laboratory to provide data for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Performed and recorded vital signs; also performed urine culture.

Education

CUNY Kingsborough College

  • Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate

SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center – Medical Office Administration Certificate