Medical assistants are multi-skilled members of the health care team who perform administrative and clinical procedures under the supervision of licensed health care providers. According to the AAMA Medical assistants assist the doctors and physicians with daily tasks in the office as well in the clinical setting. Medical assistants keep doctor’s offices and hospitals running smoothly.


Daily Medical Assistant Duties

Medical assistants are trained to perform a variety of important tasks, which makes them valuable members of healthcare organizations. This dynamic and critical position in the healthcare industry presents increasing opportunities for trained individuals to purse secure careers with potential for advancement. Some of the most common medical assistant duties are:

  • Take patient history
  • Measure vital signs
  • Help physician with patient examinations
  • Give patient injections as directed by the physician
  • Schedule appointments
  • Prepare blood for laboratory tests
  • Tending to patients
  • Answer office phone and greet patients
  • Assist with insurance and coding paperwork

The list of medical assistant duties will not be limited to these above tasks. These medical assistant duties are the most frequently performed by the medical assistants around the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Examples of Medical Assistant Job Opening Descriptions

These are examples from job sites posting an open position for a medical assistant

Example 1

The Medical Assistant will assist primary care providers in delivery of professional medical care including, but not limited to, rooming patients, vitals, documentation in the EMR per clinic protocol, processing refill requests, assisting with office procedures, scheduling appointments, EKGs, and injections.  Able to work in a team environment. Excellent customer service skills and professional demeanor at all times. Prefer 1 year Medical experience, OBGYN experience is preferred.

Example 2

Responsible for assisting physicians with patient care, clerical, EMR, environmental and organizational tasks. Responsible for appointment scheduling and chart management. Provides information to patients so they may fully utilize and benefit from the clinic services. Conveys a positive image of clinic. May be assigned to specific medical specialty to help with patient care related to that specialty.  Minimum of one year work experience in public contact job, preferably service related. Experience or interest in health care. The ability to use computer software. Prefer familiarity with electronic medical records.

Example 3

The Medical Assistant is assigned to, and performs patient-oriented procedures and tasks within the scope of their education and training, under the supervision of physicians, licensed staff personnel or supervisory staff.  Performs other duties as needed. Job Specifications: Graduate of an approved Medical Assistant program, or current national certification required. Current BLS/CPR required within 90 days of hire. Use of computer, copier, fax machine, answering telephones, good digital dexterity, good hand-eye coordination to utilize assessment tools.  Good oral and written communication with health team, patients and their families. Ability to interact positively and professionally with others, flexible to adjust work schedule, communicate clearly, emotional stability requirements, attention to detail and ability to cope with stressful situations. Visual acuity of 20/40 with correction, ability to distinguish colors, hearing capacity to sense body sounds, sense of touch adequacy to measure by palpitation, and smell odors related to disease processes.

Example 4

The Medical Assistant is a key member of the Physician Practice and provides clinical expertise to ensure all patients receive high quality, efficient care. DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: Provide overall support for Physicians and office operations. Prepares patients for examination and treatment. Takes patient histories and vital signs. Prepares exam and treatment rooms with necessary instruments. Gives injections and assists with lab testing and Phlebotomy. Prepares and maintains supplies and equipment for treatments, including sterilization. Assists physicians in preparing for minor surgeries and physicals. Assists with scheduling of tests and treatments. Screens telephone calls for referral to physician. Qualifications- A high school diploma or GED is required. Graduation from a Medical Assisting training program is highly preferred. EXPERIENCE- One (1) year of experience in a physician practice or clinic setting is preferred. CERTIFICATE/LICENSE- Certified Medical Assistant is preferred. CPR certification preferred.

The Medical assistant will provide a variety of clerical duties and patient care activities. Clerical duties will include answering phones, data entry, scheduling appointments, copying and/or requesting medical records. Required Skills- multi-tasking, Flexibility, Excellent telephone skills, Customer Service, strong interpersonal and communication skills. Required Experience- Proficiency in the use of computers and office equipment, preferred experience with an Electronic Medical Record System.