Medical Assistant’s Week
Medical Assistant’s week, designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), is October 21-25, 2019. In honor of this special week the faculty and staff at MedQuest College in both Lexington and Louisville is recognizing our medical assisting students.
In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition week, MedQuest College has planned a few special events for the students. April Hagan, Medical Assisting Program Director at our Lexington campus said “Celebrating this week means so much to the students. Appreciation goes a long way, when someone feels appreciated it makes them feel good about what they do. Feeling good about what you do makes a difference in their lives as well as others.” Nanette Mosser, Medical Assisting Program Director in Louisville, plans something each day for her students. She said, “I enjoy planning the events for recognition week and seeing the students enjoy the activities. It helps to show them they are working toward a career that is meaningful.”
This annual event, often referred to as MARWeek, takes place every third full week in October and is an opportunity for employers, colleagues, and even patients to recognize and show appreciation for the contributions to the medical field that medical assistants make. “Medical Assistant recognition week is a time for the students to have some fun and relax. Our expectation of our students are high, but we recognize they also need some time to forget about exams and assignments and enjoy the day”, says Nanette Mosser. Not only does the MedQuest College take the opportunity to celebrate our future medical assisting graduates but the medical offices and hospitals that employ our medical assisting graduates also participate in MARWeek by rewarding their employees.
In the allied healthcare profession, Medical Assistants function as vital members of any healthcare team due to their ability to perform both administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the medical professional of choice for this decade and beyond! In fact, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23% from 2018-2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
A Medical Assistant’s Job?
Medical Assistants are educated and trained to fulfill the responsibilities of both front office and clinical duties. It is safe to say that all aspects of patient care is provided by the medical assistant from the moment they arrive in the office. Medical Assistants will assist the doctor as needed with all procedures, set up and administer EKG’s, perform phlebotomy, coordinate lab samples, record patient vitals, manage medical records and much more.
Individuals who choose to pursue a medical assisting diploma in this rewarding career, should not only be recognized for MARWeek, but should be told often they are appreciated and the work they do confirms what the AAMA proudly promotes: Medical Assistants – At The Heart of Health Care.