Balancing work and school

Tips To Balance School And Work

Most people who work a full-time job while attending school strive to find balance in their lives. Both are big commitments, but with a little focus and planning, you can manage both. Here are a few tips to help navigate school and work.

1. Tap Your Support Network

Your support network is made up of the people who are in a position to help you get your education. Your support network might include your family, friends, significant other, children, and your fellow students. A group of students that enter a program together are called a cohort. Often, these students will follow a similar education track and complete the program around the same time. Your cohort might have a mixture of traditional and adult students, but it’s ok to seek out those who are balancing work and school, just like you. Your family may be able to offer support at home by maybe taking on more domestic tasks, but your cohort at school can offer support in the form of resources and empathy as they’re going through the same experience that you are. Build your support network to include as many people as you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support when you need it.

 2. Manage Your Time Well

When you’re looking for balance, one of the biggest questions you’ll want to answer is how much time you can devote to what tasks. One of the most important aspects of time management is knowing yourself and scheduling time to study at your most efficient work hours. This might mean staying up later than normal or getting up early on the weekends to get in your study time. Prioritize your to-do list, and honestly scheduling the time necessary for each task at the best time of the day. Consider creating a weekly and monthly schedule. A weekly schedule will focus on the details of how you spend your time and a monthly schedule will be broader, letting you plan ahead for weeks that might be busier than others. We’ve also put together a list of study tips (Link) to help you use the time you have efficiently.

Streamline Your Tasks

If you have to do a project for school, can you make it about something at work so that you’re working on both at the same time? Maybe you can implement new skills that you learn at school while at work. Instead of keeping your work and school lives separate, let them integrate and make your time use more efficient. You might also consider doing homework on your lunch break or keep your school materials in your car so you can go directly from work to the library to study.

Optimize Your Tuition

There are many options for aid when paying for school. When applying and choosing your school, look for a school that gives you the most benefit for each dollar you will spend. No one is recommending that you choose the cheapest school, nor the most expensive schools are the best schools. What you want to look for is a school that will give you the biggest benefit for the money that you will spend. Contact the Allen School of Health Sciences to Learn more. www.allenschool.edu

Love What You’re Studying

One of the easiest ways to find the time to balance work and school is to choose to study something that you love. If you love your classes, the homework, and your new area of study, then you’ll be more motivated to put in the necessary time and prioritize your school work over distractions. You might be surprised just how motivated you can be by doing something that you love. Are you thinking about a new career? If so, contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our summer classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

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Nailing your Medical Assistant interview

Getting the Job – Your Medical Assistant Interview:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Once you have completed your training as a medical assistant you will begin your search for employment. Medical assistants find employment in doctor’s offices, clinics and other health care facilities. They have the opportunity to work a variety of shifts. Preparing for an interview may maximize your chances of being offered a position with an employer. Medical assistants must compete with their peers for jobs in their field. Practicing the interview, preparing answers to the most commonly asked questions and picking an outfit that represents professionalism are all steps one can take to prepare for their interview.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professional Appearance
  • First impressions are an important part of the interview process. Putting together the right outfit that achieves a professional look is the first step when preparing for a medical assistant job interview. You should choose an outfit that gives you a professional appearance. Business attire such as a suit or dress shirt and slacks/skirt should be worn to an interview. Ties and jackets should be worn if available.
  • A medical assistant should make sure their interview outfit is clean, free of rips or frays and freshly pressed. Dress shirts should be tucked in and buttoned completely. An untidy appearance may cause an interviewer to think less of the individual, causing them to choose another candidate for the position.
  • Jewelry should be simple rather than flashy so it complements the attire instead of drawing attention. Casual clothing including jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes should be avoided.
  • Even though a medical assistant is interviewing for a health care provider position, scrub uniforms should also be avoided. Women should apply makeup tastefully, achieving a more natural, rather than glamorous, look. A person going to an interview should make sure their shoes are clean and polished.
Things to Take to an Interview A medical assistant should take a few simple things with them to each interview. An updated copy of their resume that is free of errors or typos should be taken to the interview. Taking a resume allows you to give the interviewer a copy if needed. It also allows for you to review your resume, giving a chance to refresh your memory regarding work history, skills and experience. Reviewing the resume can be done in the waiting area or the car prior to the interview. Take proof of any certifications or licenses, bring a pen and notebook so you can write down any necessary information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Research the Company Researching the company, is a good way to show employers interest in working for their company. You can research a company by performing an online web search or by talking to someone who works there. Some employers may ask, “What do you know about our company?” during the interview. Those whom research the company prior to the interview will be more prepared to answer this question, making a good impression with the individual conducting the interview. Having knowledge about the company may also allow you to be less nervous because you are properly prepared.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Prepare Answers to Common Questions As a medical assistant, you should get ready for an interview by preparing answers to the most common questions asked by employers. Stumbling through answers to questions may give the interviewer the wrong impression. Having answers prepared for commonly asked questions allows you to answer with more confidence and less nerves, showing the interviewer that you are comfortable and competent. Lists of commonly asked questions and answers can be found by calling our campus (1 (888) 620-6745) or inquiring on our website www.allenschool.edu. Keep answers to questions posed by the interviewer truthful, simple and to the point.  Prepare answers that provide information pertaining specifically to them. The Allen School career services department can assist you on what questions to expect and ask in a medical assistant interview. The effort you put in before going on an interview will increase your chances of landing your dream job. Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our summer classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.   -Allen School

Skills & Attributes of a Professional Medical Assistant

Training to Become A Professional Medical Assistant; Skills & Attributes   Medical assistants are held to a higher standard of professionalism than employees in other industries. The way the medical assistant approaches the job and interacts with patients is critical to the success of the physician’s practice, hospitals, outpatient clinics and other healthcare facilities. Patients expect professional behavior and put trust and confidence in those who are professional in demeanor. There are a specific set of skills and attributes that shape a medical assistant into a professional.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Medical Assistant Professional Skills There are many skills that contribute to the professionalism of medical assistants. Medical assistants should work on being loyal, dependable, courteous, initiative driven, flexible, credible, confidential, and optimistic.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loyalty – medical assistants should be devoted to the success of the medical practice and hold the belief that being a medical assistant at the medical practice is in their best interest. Loyalty should be reciprocal and if a medical practice is offering equal pay for equal work, the medical assistant will feel like the medical practice is doing its best for them as well.  Medical assistants can go one step further and be committed to the medical practice if they support the employers’ strategy and objectives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dependability – a dependable medical assistant not only shows up for work on time but also produces consistent work. A medical assistant must follow through when the physician gives an order. The dependable medical assistant will also be counted on and given more responsibility.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Courtesy – the medical assistant should be friendly and kind to patients at the medical practice. Attention should be given to the patient as they arrive at the medical facility. The medical assistant should offer a warm smile and friendly attitude to the arriving patient.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Initiative – the medical assistant should be self-motivated and ambitious. Medical assistants that show initiative have a take charge attitude. The medical assistant should observe a need and make themselves available, rather than wait for a supervisor to direct them to an area that needs attention.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Flexibility – the medical assistant should have the willingness and ability to respond to changing situations and expectations. Flexible medical assistants will modify their approach to tasks based on the unique demands of each situation, especially in an emergency. In a medical facility the patient comes first, and every medical assistant should lend a hand where ever they are needed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Credibility – trust is a vital component of the medical assistant and patient relationship, and the credibility of the medical assistant should be strong. The information that is given to patients must be accurate as the patient may see medical assistants as an agent of the physician.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Confidentiality – Patients are entitled to privacy under the HIPAA act. Confidentiality extends to the home and other environments outside of the medical office. The medical assistant is prohibited from discussing confidential patient information to family and friends. Consequences will be enacted if the medical assistant breaches patient privacy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Medical Assistant Professional Attributes The medical assistant will need specific attributes to be a professional while working with colleagues and dealing with patients. These attributes include teamwork, time management, prioritization and goal setting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Teamwork – medical staff must work together for the benefit of the patient. The medical assistant should accept the tasks given to them by their supervisor unless they are illegal, unethical, or place patients in danger.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Time Management – the medical assistant should use their time efficiently and concentrate on the most important duties first. They should make a schedule, prioritizing tasks and allowing for emergencies along the way. The key to time management is prioritizing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Prioritizing – a form of triage should be used by the medical assistant to sort tasks into the must, should and could categories. Of course, the medical assistant needs to attend to emergencies, but they also must anticipate what will do the most good and in what order those tasks should be completed to benefit the most.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Setting Goals – if the medical assistant doesn’t set goals, they will never know when the goals have been achieved. Setting goals can also help the medical assistant accomplish what they want or need to each day, giving them more motivation to achieve those goals. Learning never ends as a medical assistant and that is what makes this career so rewarding. Interested in learning more about developing the skills and attributes of a medical assistant? Ready to start a Medical Assistant Program? Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our summer classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.   -Allen School          

Medical Assistant Profession

                                                                                                                                                                                                      MEDICAL ASSISTING – A DAY IN THE LIFE Medical assisting is not just a job – it’s a highly rewarding profession with a diverse array of roles and responsibilities. A day in the life of a medical assistant is difficult to pinpoint because your day to day activities might be different depending on what type of practice you work for and the department you work in. No matter where you work, however, there is one thread that ties together all of your responsibilities and duties: the need for attention to detail, professionalism and caring.   If you work primarily at the front desk, you’ll be responsible for answering the office’s phone system and using medical questions to determine the severity of the caller’s problem. You also are tasked with informing the physician about patient concerns, scheduling appointments and greeting patients as they enter the office. Medical assistants should demonstrate professionalism and tact when interacting with patients and follow protocol for determining a patient’s immediate needs.   Attention to detail is also extremely important in the front office. In addition to your reception duties, you will also need to obtain patients’ insurance information, collect insurance co-payments, verify patients’ addresses and phone numbers, update and maintain HIPAA authorizations and call insurance companies for pre-authorization and pre-certification approval for testing or surgeries. Mistakes can be costly – for both the practice and the patient, so it’s critical that you are thorough and meticulous in completing these tasks. If you work in the back office, you’ll have an even greater opportunity to interact with patients and may even assist the physician in treating the patient. On a typical day, you could help measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and height and weight. You would also be responsible for obtaining the patient’s medical history and determining the patient’s chief complaint (the reason why he or she is in the office) so that you can brief the physician.   Other duties might include performing visual acuity testing, ear irrigation, hearing tests, and setting up the exam room for a procedure. Sometimes you might be able to assist the physician with minor surgical procedures, such as inserting or removing sutures. Medical Assistants play an important role in making a patient feel comfortable during an appointment. Often, they can help reduce a patient’s anxiety about an upcoming procedure by relaying information from the physician in terms that the patient can understand. It’s important to have a good bedside manner and a calm demeanor when dealing directly with patients.   Finally, some medical assistants might be responsible for performing in-house laboratory procedures. These include drawing blood, urinalysis, throat cultures, pregnancy tests, drug screens, EKGs and much more. Attention to detail is important here as well because an error could cause a misdiagnosis.   Regardless of their role, medical assistants serve an essential function on the healthcare team. From the front office to the lab, they contribute to the success of the physician and the practice and ensure that patients have a good experience during their visit.  If you want to start a career as a medical assistant or learn about a career in health care, Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more. -Allen School  

Medical Assistant externship success

                                                                                                                    Tips For Successful Medical Assistant Externship The medical assistant externship serves more than a few purposes. As an externship student, you are anticipated to carry out the duties of a medical assistant that you have learned in your training program. In addition, you will learn additional skills during your time on the externship site. The capability to execute your learning potential is certainly important. However, you need to show your ability as an excellent team player. Make sure to utilize proper interpersonal skills. Maintain a professional look and exhibit a superior attitude at the externship site for rewarding success.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Concentrate on your appearance  Dress up professionally. You should wear proper work attire.  Generally, all medical assistants are expected to maintain a clean, tidy and professional look.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Understand the rules and guiding principles Commit to memory when you step into an externship program in a medical facility, you are considered a ‘visitor’ at that medical facility. You will be expected to follow the policies of the facility that the other staff follows. It is always better to read and understand the workplace policy manual thoroughly for the first few days of your training. Make sure to take notes. Consider your externship as a hands-on job interview.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Be reliable and punctual A medical assistant externship provides you with a great opportunity to establish your reliability, loyalty and competencies as a medical assistant. Promptness and timeliness are the best indicators that establish your dependability.  Be very punctual. As an externship student, you should always be enthusiastic and prepared to help out with minor front office duties.  At times you will be expected to answer the phone, do some administrative tasks and assist the medical team with additional job duties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Follow the instructions carefully During the first few days of your externship, you will be treated in the same way as a new employee. You will be provided with some simple or uncomplicated duties in the first few days. This is to make an assessment of your ability to follow straightforward directions and perform proficiently. Your day to day responsibilities, tasks and duties will definitely increase both in significance and meaning as the externship program moves forward.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Resolve issues in a professional approach If you come across a difficult situation or if you face any issues on the externship site, contact your career service or admissions advisors. As a student, you should learn the appropriate ways to deal with all administrators and managers and try hard to resolve each and every single issue. Always remember your career service and admission advisors are there to guide you toward a successful externship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Maintain confidentiality Keep in mind, privacy at the externship site is applicable to an externship student. For that reason, you should never discuss any personal or health information about a specific patient with any person outside the medical office.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don’t forget to convey your thanks Make sure you mail a ‘Thank you’ letter to the office for giving you an opportunity to accomplish your externship at their medical facility. This will create a good impression. To learn more about our health care programs and externships, contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.   -Allen School

Benefits of Medical Assistant Career Advancement

Benefits of Medical Assistant Career Advancement

5 Benefits of Medical Assistant Career Advancement

Medical assisting is a solid career choice in a field expected to grow at an astounding 29 percent through 2026 (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm). There should be no shortage of jobs for those looking to work in this career. But what

do medical assistants have to gain by advancing their careers? There are several reasons, but the number one reason not surprisingly is to increase earnings.

  • Higher Pay

As with most careers, the more advanced the work, the higher the pay. Medical assistants who advance their career through specialized expertise, additional classes, and more targeted training may be more likely to get that coveted pay raise.

  • Better Job Security

One of the woes of staying in an entry-level job while not increasing skills is that workers may be more likely to be downsized or replaced. But those who have made a point of advancing their career through greater knowledge and skills can become quite valuable to employers, who may then make a point of keeping them on the payroll.

  • Broader Skill Set

Learning new skills isn’t just about job security and higher pay – it’s about patient satisfaction, and that translates into recognition from employers and coworkers. That broader skill set can hold a medical assistant in good standing as they look into other careers in healthcare. For instance, someone who wants to be a nurse can learn plenty of hands-on skills while working as a medical assistant.

  • More Prestige

Turning to specialized training to advance medical assistant careers can mean that in the end, the person who has the widest variety of training is more in-demand. The prestige that comes from being able to handle various patient populations can change an entry-level medical assistant into a must-hire advanced candidate.

  • Wider Career Options

Medical assistant careers aren’t limited to physician’s offices or hospitals. Those who have significant training in a particular field can move into more challenging careers, such as office management, or clinics that support a particular population or focus on a particular illness or medical issue. Ready to start working towards a career you can love? Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.


Study habits in Healthcare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          STUDY HABITS OF A MEDICAL ASSISTANT STUDENT : Learning good study habits in school assists students well into their professional careers and beyond. By understanding how to manage time, information, and materials, students gain the skills they need to be organized, efficient learners who have a toolkit of strategies for completing their homework on a nightly basis. This leads to them being better equipped to tackle assessments in the classroom and can reduce test anxiety while increasing confidence and competence. Here are a few key study habits.
  • Master time management – Outside of school, students are often busy with extracurricular activities, jobs, and family responsibilities in addition to completing homework and studying. Students spend an average of 30 hours per week in class, but it is critical that they use their time outside of school just as wisely. Learning how to use time in an effective manner and avoid distractions are skills that take practice, but are great assets to being a successful student when mastered.
  • Use a planner – Students are encouraged to use a planner to record their nightly homework, long-term projects, and upcoming tests and quizzes. Planners, calendars, and dry erase boards assist students in tracking assignments and thus lead to improved time management.
  • Organize materials – Having an organized backpack, locker, and study space at home assist students in forming successful study habits. Students may benefit from color-coded folders, notebooks, or bins at home dedicated to completed homework. Becoming organized can save valuable time.
  • Practice good note taking – When students work diligently in the classroom, they are better able to know what to study and how to study at home. Effective listening strategies, practical note taking skills, and following directions closely all aid students in managing critical information. If students are visual learners, they may benefit from writing their notes in different colored pens or on colored index cards. Also, it may be helpful to rewrite notes taken in class every night as a form of review.
  • Review notes daily – Instead of cramming the night before a test, students should get into the habit of reviewing their notes for each class nightly. This study habit is especially helpful with classes that require students to show competencies in their required health care program, as it allows students to study terms in manageable chunks. This reinforces students’ learning and builds toward mastery of the subject.
  • Create study guides and flash cards – By going through class notes, handouts, and textbooks and writing down the pertinent information in the form of a study guide, students will be better prepared for tests. They can then use these study guides to quiz themselves and to gauge how well they know the information. Reading and re-writing the most important definitions, concepts, and themes helps imprint this information in students’ brains. Similarly, writing flashcards and reviewing them either on their own or with a peer or parent is an excellent study strategy.
  • Study with a partner – Enlisting the help of a friend or partner to study not only makes reviewing more fun, but it enhances what students have learned while studying on their own. It can be especially beneficial for a student to act as the teacher and to teach their friends and family what they learned in class that day.
  • Take breaks – Taking scheduled, short breaks while studying not only helps prevent fatigue, but it better allows the brain to retain information a student has been studying. It may be helpful to set a timer so that breaks don’t extend beyond five to ten minutes. When returning from a break, students should review the information they previously studied before moving onto something new.
  Honing these study skills can prevent students from becoming discouraged and overwhelmed. It is never too late to learn these skills, as they often become second nature when students are persistent and practice them daily. Developing good study habits not only improves schoolwork, but it equips students for the rigors of college work and beyond. Ready to start working towards a career you can love? Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.   -Allen School      

Balancing work and personal life as a single mom

                                                                                                                                         Tips on balancing work and personal life as a single mom. As a Single mom, you always need to balance your work life and personal life. As a single mom, not only are you responsible for maintaining employment and balancing your budget even when things are tight, but you’re also tasked with the monumental job of parenting. It’s often tough for two parents to manage, and it’s even harder to be a solo act. How to balance it all? Read on for tips on how to be successful as a single mother. Create a Support Network for Yourself You need time to yourself, and as you probably know, it’s essential to spend time with other adults. Partnered parents typically have an easy time cultivating friendships with other couples who have kids in the same age range; it’s often harder for singles. Don’t be shy about mixing and mingling with other moms, even if your children don’t share interests. Let Go of Baggage It can be tough to stay positive, but you and your child will benefit when you do. Reminders of your old life can be painful, and they can prevent you from focusing on the great things that are happening now  Your Health a Priority Stay active and eat well, even if it’s easier to eat pizza on the couch. Kids can join in, enjoying neighborhood walks and bike rides, and you can even teach older children basic kitchen skills and have fun prepping healthy meals together. Take time to yourself every so often, too, relaxing or enjoying girls’ days out. If you feel as if the concept of self-care seems extravagant, it may help to remind yourself that good physical, mental, and emotional health are vital to your success as a parent. Be a Money Mentor As a single mom, it’s up to you to teach your child how to manage money. Teaching even simple concepts such as tracking spending and saving can help ensure that your children develop good financial habits that will serve them for life.  Enjoy Electronics-Free Time Together Your smartphone connects you to your network – and your friends, acquaintances, and coworkers really are important. But too much time spent focusing on technology can have a negative impact on your child’s self-esteem. Make “together time” a priority. After you’ve handled essential tasks, take time to be fully present with your child. Not only will you enjoy the in-person connection, you’ll also be a great model of healthy online behavior. Take Your Child on Outings As a single mom, you’re more than a parent – you’re also a teacher, guide, mentor, and more. Trips – even short ones to local venues – help you create a stronger bond with your child and expose him or her to new experiences. Most communities offer at least a free educational opportunity. Take advantage of them!  Expose Your Child to Good Male Role Models: Male mentors such as grandfathers, uncles, scout leaders, coaches, and others are essential for boys and girls alike. Be extremely selective when choosing potential candidates, ensuring that they share your values. Male role models should be trustworthy and willing to spend time with your child.  Create a Routine and Stick to It With the exception of holidays and vacations, it’s important to ensure that your child sticks to a predictable routine. Try to create consistency with scheduling wake-up time, bedtime, and mealtimes, and set aside special family time and play time, too. Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly routines create stability. Be Consistent with Discipline Most kids get into trouble. It’s a normal part of childhood! At the same time, it’s important to note that children need to understand what’s expected, and they need to know what to anticipate in terms of consequences when those expectations aren’t met or when set boundaries are pushed. Avoid empty threats, keep your temper under control, and don’t be a pushover. Discipline should foster learning, not create distance between you and your child.  Date When and How it is Good for you! Dating can be an adventure for you and a good opportunity to show your kids the healthy side of relationships. Many single moms can feel apprehensive about dating again, especially when considering their kids. However, there is a way to strike balance with dating that allows for a happier you, and ultimately a happier mom. If you’ve ever considered a career in medical assisting, the Medical Assistant program at www.allenschool.edu could train you with the skills you’ll need. Check out all our health care programs. Are you currently working toward finishing school? Are you thinking about a new career? If so, contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.   -ALLEN SCHOOL      

Personal qualities in a Medical Assistant

PERSONAL QUALITIES IN A MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Most of us have had the help and support of a Medical Assistant while visiting a hospital, or a physician’s office. However, in order to become a successful medical assistant, there are some basic qualities that a candidate should possess.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Communication Skills Among most important medical assistant qualities are communication skills, as these are the basic characteristics for this profession. He/she should listen to the patients without interrupting them while they explain their concerns. But at the same time, he/she should still ask appropriate questions to the patients and get the suitable answers from them. These are some diplomatic ways to obtain the essential information from the patients in order to help the physician to treat the patients efficiently. Communication skills also involves clearly narrating the vital instructions given by the doctor to the patients. Also, a medical assistant should answer the questions of the patients effectively and unmistakably.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Compassionate Besides being a good listener, it is very important that a medical assistant is compassionate to the patients. A medical assistant should try to understand the worries, happiness and other emotional states of the patients by discussing with them. Dealing the patients in a compassionate way will help them to feel more comfortable and relaxed at the time of their health assessment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Handling stress A physician’s office or a hospital is full of activity. The workplace can make a medical assistant feel quite stressed out. A medical assistant will have a lot of administrative and clinical duties to perform every day. At times, all of these work related stresses can contribute to the confusions and anxiety. On the other hand, patients visit a health care facility for appropriate care and treatment. It is the responsibility of the medical assistant to help them in a better way. So, a medical assistant should have the capability to overcome his daily stress level. He/she should be a tolerant and strong person in order to handle any stressful situations that he come across in his job.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reliability A medical assistant is expected to be a reliable person since the physician, the healthcare group associates and the incoming patients depends on the medical assistant to be reliable. Hence, a medical assistant should be punctual, career-focused and should value the conventional code of behavior.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Honesty  Among medical assistant traits, ‘honesty’ is the best policy for this lifetime career. The personal information that a medical assistant collects has to be maintained as a confidential in a healthcare setting. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)’s confidentiality rule need vigilance and care in maintaining the patient’s fitness information. However, it is also considered as a courteousness to behave trustworthy to the patients while receiving their health or personal information (even during informal conversation). Each and every medical assistant will be introduced to circumstances where they need to prove their ethical and moral characteristics on a daily basis. Hence, honesty is the chief quality to become a professional medical assistant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Willpower and Politeness Sometimes, there is a possibility to act in response to a tiring physician who is bursting with questions or to a disturbed patient who is under a lot of pain and ache. However, having strong willpower towards your personal feelings and dealings in a health care environment while still remaining polite is the unique medical assistant trait that is necessary for you as a good professional. If you possess the above-mentioned traits, then go ahead and join in a professional medical assistant training program that will give you all the essential courses required to become a successful medical assistant. Are you thinking about a new career as a medical assistant? If so, contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.   -ALLEN SCHOOL      

Rewards you will find in a Medical Assistant Career

REWARDS YOU WILL FIND IN A MEDICAL ASSISTANT CAREER Medical assistants are vital members of healthcare teams who positively impact patients and their families and many others. Have you ever considered a medical assistant career? Here are a few rewards you could discover: Helping others: If you’d like a career where what you do really makes a difference in someone’s life, medical assisting might be right for you. By processing insurance paperwork, you not only make certain your patients get the benefits they deserve, you reduce their stress. When you take medical histories and vital signs, you help to make sure patients receive proper medical care. And the comfort and reassurance you offer is often priceless to an anxious patient undergoing treatment for illness or injury. But you don’t just help patients as a medical assistant. Other members of the medical team will truly rely on the work you do so they can do their jobs well. Physicians, nurses, and technicians will all depend on you to do a great job so they can provide excellent service and keep the healthcare facility running at peak efficiency. Positive job satisfaction: Maybe because their life’s work is all about helping others, medical assistants like what they do. It’s hard, but rewarding work they love. Will you? Good work environment: As a medical assistant, you’d probably work full time in a physician’s office or healthcare facility. You could also expect to see much faster than average job growth through 2024 for the profession according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/); the Medical Assistant field is one of the fastest growing fields in the Health Care Industry and because you’re working in healthcare, you can usually expect good pay and benefits. Opportunities for growth: As you continue your career as a medical assistant, you may choose to attain additional certifications that will help you grow in your career. You may even decide to specialize or pursue other healthcare careers. With your unique access, you’ll have an inside view to what it’s like to perform a wide variety of medical jobs. You may decide to dedicate yourself to becoming the best medical assistant you can be or you may decide to get additional training and move on to other roles in the healthcare industry. If you’ve ever considered a career in medical assisting, the medical assistant program at www.allenschool.edu could train you with the skills you’ll need. Check out all our health care programs. Are you currently working toward finishing school? Are you thinking about a new career? If so, contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.           -ALLEN SCHOOL