Medical Assistants Recognition Week Comes to a Close

Medical Assistants are the heart of healthcare. They are there to provide a comforting presence to their patients and assist the medical team.  Being a medical assistant is a challenging and rewarding career, but before one can become a Certified Medical Assistant, they must learn the skills necessary to provide their patients with the best care.

At South Texas Vocational Technical Institute we get the opportunity to teach and guide some of the most amazing students. Being that this past week was Medical Assistants Recognition Week, we took the time to talk to some of our Medical Assisting students about their choice of career path.

laura-moya-sqWhen asked, STVT students had many different reasons why they chose the Medical Assisting program.  Reasons like Laura Moya, Medical Assisting student, at our Weslaco location. “I’ve always been in the business of helping people. Before receiving my Texas residency, I would volunteer at a nursing home helping LVN’s with patients.” says Moya. After receiving her residency, Moya says she jumped on the opportunity to start her career and enrolled at South Texas Vo-Tech. Medical Assisting student at our McAllen location, Juan Alvarez, chose Medical Assisting because he wants to help people and he’s looking forward to climbing the ladder. Alvarez says, “I am looking further, not just becoming a medical assistant, but one day a surgeon.” MA student Monica Buentello at our Corpus Christi campus, chose Medical Assisting because she wanted to “make a difference in a person’s life.”

monica-buentello-sqTraining to be a medical assistant can be a demanding, but fulfilling endeavor. While there are many reasons that would make someone a great medical assistant. We asked some of our MA students what they would say to someone who is thinking about a career in the field. Damien Bernard from our Brownsville location said that he would tell anyone who is thinking about medical assisting as a career to “go for it.” “It would be a great learning experience and if you continue school it will come easy,” says Bernard.  MA student, Griselda Ponce, from our Weslaco location believes, “If you are a hands-on learner and have a desire to help people, then this field is for you.”

Medical Assistants Recognition Week celebrations may have come to an end, but we continue to be extremely proud of all of our students in the Medical Assisting program at each of our STVT campuses. Their on-going success will always remain our top priority, as it is for every one of our STVT students.

Are you interested in becoming a medical assistant? Fill out the form below to request info about the Medical Assisting program at the location closest to you.

Written by: Jennifer Robinson, Social Media Coordinator/Blog Editor – South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

Top 5 Reasons You’ll Make a Great Medical Assistant

Careers in healthcare are on the rise, and medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for medical assistants is quite impressive. In fact, it’s projected to have a much faster than average job growth all the way through to the year 2024. From 2014 to 2024, it is expected that medical assistant employment will grow by 23%. As a result of this, you may be asking yourself – would I make a good medical assistant?

There are many traits that contribute to a person being successful as a medical assistant. Take a look at the top five reasons you’ll make a great medical assistant.

You are a Good Listener.

Listening is essential in the healthcare field. During the course of your day, you will need to listen to the needs and concerns of your patients and extract vital information to relay to the medical team. Not only will you be expected to listen to your patients, but you will also need to listen to doctors and nurses. You must be able to take instructions from them for multiple patients at a time and execute those directions properly. This is another vital skill that requires you to be able to listen carefully.

You are Compassionate. 

As a medical assistant, you are going to have patients that are experiencing many different emotions and it is an essential part of your job to be there to comfort and support them.  In some cases, your patients may be in pain or have terminal conditions that require a high level of compassion and empathy.

You Love Helping People.

 There is hardly a greater field, than healthcare for a caring person who loves to help people. As a medical assistant, you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on people every day.  Whether you are taking a patient’s history, performing a blood draw or helping a patient understand their condition, what you do really matters and has an ultimate effect on the patient’s well-being.

You Work Well Under Pressure.

Dealing with patients that have a serious illnesses, or life threatening injuries, is not easy. Being able to maintain your professional demeanor while you are under intense pressure is essential to good patient care.  In addition, working in a busy medical office can get quite hectic.  Being a medical assistant requires someone who is patient, tolerant, and in-control even when under pressure.

You are a Team Player.

 Working in healthcare means being a part of a team that includes doctors, specialists, nurses, administrators, and more. The ability to work well as a team is an integral part of being a medical assistant.  You will need to be able to work with different personalities and different skill levels in an effort to provide your patients with the most comprehensive care. Providers rely heavily upon a strong team of professionals to help everything run smoothly.

Does this sound like you? While you may not possess all of these traits yet, you can get there. If you’re ready to start your healthcare career training, we’re here to help. Check out the Medical Assisting program at STVT today to find the location closest to you.

Written by: Jennifer Robinson, Social Media Coordinator/Blog Editor – South Texas Vocational Technical Institute