Oct 18, 2010

Medical Assistants Week

Taking vitals, recording patient histories, answering insurance questions, and scheduling appointments — the medical assistant does it all and then some with competence and compassion. Every year National Medical Assistants week is celebrated the third full week of October. This year the celebration is Oct. 18-22. Students in the Central Lakes College Medical Assistant program on the Staples campus are observing Medical Assistant Recognition Day on Wed., Oct. 20. The medical assistant is trained to perform a variety of positions on the healthcare team, from administrative, to phlebotomy, to radiology and assisting the physician. The medical assistant’s biggest asset is the ability to communicate with both the physician and the patient, keeping a line of communication open. The CLC Medical Assistant program is observing the week by participating in the blood drive on Wednesday at the Staples campus. Last Saturday a group of students and instructor Dawn Michel donated their time and joined in the fun of working the Haunted Hollow in Staples. Please join the American Medical Technologists and CLC Medical Assistant students in honoring and acknowledging all of the medical assistants working in the field and the many thousands of medical assistant students currently attending programs. -- Cindy Meierhofer, Medical Assistant student