Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMAs) are a vital part of clinical patient care. They are in high demand — according to research conducted by Gray Associates, job postings for medical assistants grew 15 percent in 2014. Because they are such an integral part of the patient care team, there are certain qualities employers seek to ensure the best experience for their patients and the rest of their employee team.
Do you think becoming a CCMA is right for you? Here are five key qualities that show you’d succeed in this rewarding profession.
You’re a team player.
More and more health care organizations are using a T.E.A.M.-based approach, where medical assistants play a central role as the patient advocate among various specialists. A good medical assistant must be a team player, both for the patient team and the care provider team. (Learn more about T.E.A.M.-based care in our whitepaper.)
As a medical assistant, you’re on the front lines of patient care. Because medical assistants play such a central role in the patient experience, it’s important that the patient has someone they can truly trust on their side.
You’re always seeking growth.
Health care is an ever-changing field. As a medical assistant, you have to keep up with your training. By becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), you prove to yourself, your peers and your employer that you are committed to your career because you must complete contuing education to keep your certification.
You’re a good communicator.
Medical assistants often serve as a messenger between the doctor and the patient. A good medical assistant listens to the doctor and relays important information in a way the patient can better understand. It’s an ability that’s valued by your employer and your patients.
You’re flexible. (And we’re not talking about your yoga skills.)
Every day in the life of a medical assistant is different. You must be able to think on your feet — especially in emergencies — and adapt to whatever the day throws your way.
If you nodded your head “yes” as you read through the list, you might find the medical assistant path to be right for you. At NHA, we have resources to help support you and are excited to be part of your journey! The biggest step is the first step — committing to making a life-changing difference.