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Medical Assistant

HRPeople with O*Net and Payscale

Tasks

Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.

Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.

Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records.

Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.

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Collect blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.

Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets and physicians’ instructions to patients.

Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments and materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.

Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.

Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.

Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.

Knowledge

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities

Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Tasks, KSAs sourced from O*Net

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