Medical assistants are one of America’s fastest growing careers, offering clinical and administrative support for physicians and other medical professionals. They provide front office support, draw blood, administer vaccinations, take patients’ vital signs and much more. Simply put, they’re a crucial part of your visit. Join us for National Medical Assistants Day on October 17 to celebrate the people that make your doctor’s office run so smoothly!
National Medical Assistants Day - History
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent in the decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.
More schooling options
More than 450 educational institutions nationwide provided more than 470 accredited medical assisting programs.
AAMA and accreditation
AAMA was recognized as an official accrediting agency for medical assisting programs in public and private institutions by the The U.S. Office of Education.
The American Association of Medical Assistants was established as the only association exclusively devoted to medical assistants.
National Medical Assistants Day Activities
1. Thank a medical assistant
Give extra thanks to all the medical assistants you encounter. If you personally know one, give them a hug for all the extra work they do to make a patient’s visit better.
2. Spread the word
Use #MedicalAssistantsRecognitionDay to post your appreciation on social media. Tag a medical assistant for extra love!
3. Let the doctor know
Make sure you inform the doctor of those medical assistants who go out of their way to help you. Many medical professionals write letters of recognition or provide bonuses for their medical assistants.
4 Interesting Roles For The Aspiring Medical Assistant
1. Phlebotomy Assistant
If you’re good with needles and the sight of blood, earn your phlebotomy certification and assist the phlebotomy team in drawing blood
2. Allergy & Sinus Assistant
Join an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialist and get certified to administer allergy shots.
3. Pediatric Assistant
If you’re good with kids, join a pediatrician’s office and provide comfort and care to the little ones during vaccinations and routine check-ups.
4. Front Office Administrator
If hands-on patient care isn’t for you, and paperwork is more your style, provide the vital, front office support that every medical office needs to function smoothly.
Why We Love National Medical Assistants Day
A. They provide support
Whether they’re behind the scenes or manning the front desk, medical assistants make offices run smoothly. Often overlooked, we spotlight them today and celebrate their roles.
B. We get to learn more about this fast-growing career
Medical assistant are one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S. Learn more about the variety of careers in this industry and find one suitable for you!
C. They help keep us healthy, too
When you visit the doctor, with whom do you spend most of your time? Whether it's the front desk staff, the individual collecting your bio information, or someone performing blood draws, medical assistants perform a variety of vital roles that are often taken for granted.