You’re in medical assisting school – congratulations! You’re on your way to a fulfilling career; however, you still need to learn a lot before you join the workforce as a medical assistant.
Here’s How You Can Make the Most of Your Medical Assisting Education.
Work to learn, not for grades.
That doesn’t mean you should not strive for top grades at medical assisting school; however, your main objective should be to learn all you can about providing care and supporting the medical team, not just snag A grades. Develop a deep understanding of what you’re learning.
Get involved in the industry.
If you’re working while you attend school, obtain employment in some facet of the medical world. Any health-related experience will help you better understand what you’re learning in the classroom and, eventually, with your hands-on education.
Network with medical assisting experts.
The adage, “It’s not what you know but who you know” does hold some weight. Building relationships within the field can help you if you experience a difficulty in your medical assisting studies. Although healthcare workers enjoy some of the best employability rates in any job sector, networking may also help you score the type of medical assisting employment you want at the place where you most want to work. Get to know both medical insisting instructors at your school and also medical assistants and/or their managers working in the field, both experienced and newer medical assistants. They all have a lot to offer you while you’re a medical assisting student.
Network with peer medical assistant students.
Join a study group, hang out with other medical assistant students, tutor another student in a class that’s tough for her. Iron sharpens iron, so get to know your fellow medical assisting students.
Read health care journals.
While doing more reading may seem burdensome, keeping up with medical periodicals can help you gain perspective, learn the latest news in the field and provide conversational fodder for class. Access the periodicals online so you can read them on your phone when you have a few spare moments.
Access local news.
Stay abreast with your community so you can better understand how trends in healthcare affect nearby neighborhoods.
Peruse healthcare information online.
As another means of keeping up, following social media pages for healthcare organizations to help you stay up-to-date. Their inspirational stories can also help you stay focused on your goals.
Ask if you don’t get it.
There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so if you do not understand a teacher in your medical assisting class, ask for clarification. You may need to wait until after class; however, don’t let this stop you. Further reading may also help you, so as the instructor for recommendations.
Do as the medical assisting teacher asks.
It sounds simple–do as you’re told–but it bears repeating. Perform the reading. Complete the assignments. You’re in medical assisting school to learn, so dig in and give it your all!
Join in the discussions.
Many times, engaging with other students under the instructor’s leadership in class can foster better understanding of medical assisting topics, so jump in. With a teachable attitude, you will learn a lot and become a top medical assistant.