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MEDICAL ASSISTANT: I Didn't Know There Were So Many Natural Ways Of Healing Yourself

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Erika shares her story about working as a medical assistant for a doctor who runs a family practice that specializes in cannabis recommendations. She talks about her job responsibilities and shares how she got involved in the medical field. Erika tells us that she's learned many things in her career, such as the impact insurance and pharmaceutical companies have on health care, and the diverse types of medical specialties that exist. She also explains why becoming a medical assistant is a good job if you are considering going into the medical field.

Job Title: Medical Assistant

Job Summary: Medical Assistants

Job Description

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, People skills, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Patience

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m='14380'>the</span> <span m='14460'>vitals,</span> <span m='15230'>doing</span> <span m='15540'>some</span> <span m='15910'>triage,</span> <span m='16275'>in</span> <span m='16640'>case</span> <span m='17490'>someone</span> <span m='17770'>comes</span> <span m='18030'>in</span> <span m='18190'>for</span> <span m='18330'>an</span> <span m='18420'>urgent</span> <span m='18770'>matter.</span> </p><p><span m='19480'>My</span> <span m='19850'>doctor</span> <span m='20190'>also</span> <span m='20580'>has</span> <span m='20790'>a</span> <span m='20920'>specialty.</span> <span m='21592'>He</span> <span m='21930'>does</span> <span m='22740'>cannabis</span> <span m='23340'>recommendation.</span> <span m='24610'>So</span> <span m='24740'>that's</span> <span m='24960'>a</span> <span m='25290'>totally</span> <span m='25780'>different</span> <span m='26260'>procedure</span> <span m='26910'>for</span> <span m='27060'>getting</span> <span m='27330'>ready</span> <span m='27590'>for.</span> <span m='29500'>It's</span> <span m='29740'>a good</span> <span m='30173'>job.</span> <span m='30606'>I like it.</span> </p><p><span m='31040'>I actually</span> <span m='31420'>started</span> <span m='31830'>my</span> <span m='31970'>medical</span> <span m='32310'>career</span> <span m='32870'>in</span> <span m='33010'>the</span> <span m='33140'>Air</span> <span m='33310'>Force.</span> <span m='34080'>I</span> <span m='34370'>did</span> <span m='34530'>two</span> <span m='34670'>years</span> <span m='34880'>of</span> <span m='34940'>college</span> <span m='35480'>and</span> <span m='35790'>I</span> <span m='35950'>couldn't</span> <span m='36170'>hack</span> <span m='36470'>it.</span> <span m='36990'>So</span> <span m='37830'>I</span> <span m='38050'>joined</span> <span m='38480'>the</span> <span m='38640'>Air</span> <span m='38770'>Force,</span> <span m='39300'>and</span> <span m='39600'>I</span> <span m='39660'>got</span> <span m='39860'>trained</span> <span m='40340'>as a</span> <span m='41280'>med</span> <span m='41740'>tech</span> <span m='42035'>in</span> <span m='42330'>the</span> <span m='42450'>Air</span> <span m='42715'>Force</span> <span m='42980'>for</span> <span m='43235'>a</span> <span m='43940'>flight</span> <span m='44190'>unit.</span> <span m='45170'>So</span> <span m='45380'>I</span> <span m='45480'>was</span> <span m='45620'>on a</span> <span m='45860'>flight</span> <span m='46080'>line</span> <span m='46350'>a lot,</span> <span m='46790'>took care</span> <span m='47090'>of patients</span> <span m='47555'>on planes,</span> <span m='48020'>and</span> <span m='48950'>got</span> <span m='49130'>my</span> <span m='49270'>training</span> <span m='49670'>in</span> <span m='49740'>the</span> <span m='49820'>military.</span> <span m='50440'>And</span> <span m='50650'>once</span> <span m='50930'>I</span> <span m='51100'>was</span> <span m='51350'>done</span> <span m='53240'>with</span> <span m='53600'>all of</span> <span m='53750'>that</span> <span m='54020'>training,</span> <span m='54480'>I</span> <span m='54550'>went</span> <span m='54850'>civilian</span> <span m='55150'>and</span> <span m='55627'>ended</span> <span m='56104'>up</span> <span m='56581'>getting my</span> <span m='57058'>medical</span> <span m='57535'>assistant</span> <span m='58012'>license.</span> <span m='58489'>So</span> <span m='59443'>I've</span> <span m='59920'>been doing that</span> <span m='60397'>since</span> <span m='60874'>'93.</span> </p><p><span m='63370'>Oh</span> <span m='63700'>my</span> <span m='63860'>goodness,</span> <span m='64360'>what</span> <span m='64540'>I</span> <span m='64629'>didn't</span> <span m='64970'>know</span> <span m='65349'>is</span> <span m='65580'>how</span> <span m='66230'>huge</span> <span m='67480'>the</span> <span m='67630'>impact</span> <span m='68070'>of</span> <span m='68330'>insurance</span> <span m='68800'>companies and</span> <span m='69266'>pharmaceutical</span> <span m='70200'>companies</span> <span m='70880'>are</span> <span m='71250'>on</span> <span m='71390'>health</span> <span m='71700'>care</span> <span m='71930'>in</span> <span m='72010'>general.</span> <span m='73340'>The</span> <span m='73430'>different</span> <span m='73760'>types</span> <span m='74030'>of</span> <span m='74120'>specialities,</span> <span m='74480'>I</span> <span m='74840'>didn't</span> <span m='75100'>know</span> <span m='75300'>that</span> <span m='75450'>there</span> <span m='75610'>were</span> <span m='76030'>osteopaths</span> <span m='76816'>and</span> <span m='77210'>naturopaths.</span> <span m='78830'>I</span> <span m='78930'>didn't</span> <span m='79080'>know</span> <span m='79680'>medicine</span> <span m='80260'>was</span> <span m='80480'>such</span> <span m='80630'>a</span> <span m='80690'>broad</span> <span m='81110'>spectrum.</span> <span m='84150'>That's</span> <span m='84390'>pretty</span> <span m='84600'>much</span> <span m='84880'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='85680'>And</span> <span m='85910'>I</span> <span m='85980'>didn't</span> <span m='86190'>know</span> <span m='86370'>that</span> <span m='86540'>there</span> <span m='86670'>were</span> <span m='86770'>so</span> <span m='86930'>many</span> <span m='87190'>natural</span> <span m='87680'>ways</span> <span m='87990'>of</span> <span m='88130'>healing</span> <span m='88470'>yourself.</span> <span m='89820'>But</span> <span m='90160'>I</span> <span m='90240'>know</span> <span m='90460'>that</span> <span m='90800'>more</span> <span m='91110'>now.</span> <span m='91450'>And</span> <span m='91610'>I</span> <span m='91710'>like</span> <span m='91980'>my</span> <span m='92110'>job</span> <span m='92470'>now</span> <span m='92860'>better</span> <span m='93760'>than</span> <span m='93910'>I</span> <span m='94000'>did</span> <span m='94310'>before.</span> <span m='94820'>I</span> <span m='94880'>actually</span> <span m='95200'>took a</span> <span m='95390'>10-year</span> <span m='95860'>brake</span> <span m='97050'>to</span> <span m='97190'>do</span> <span m='97370'>something</span> <span m='97790'>else</span> <span m='98450'>and</span> <span m='98620'>I</span> <span m='98680'>came</span> <span m='98950'>back</span> <span m='99200'>to</span> <span m='99320'>this.</span> <span m='99620'>And</span> <span m='99750'>I'm</span> <span m='99840'>glad</span> <span m='100110'>I'm</span> <span m='100220'>working</span> <span m='100500'>with</span> <span m='100640'>this</span> <span m='100830'>doctor,</span> <span m='101310'>because</span> <span m='101850'>he's</span> <span m='102250'>really</span> <span m='102490'>helping</span> <span m='102900'>people.</span> <span m='103820'>It's a good</span> <span m='104280'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='104890'>The</span> <span m='105110'>advice</span> <span m='105530'>I</span> <span m='105660'>would</span> <span m='105920'>give,</span> <span m='106175'>if</span> <span m='106430'>you</span> <span m='106590'>have</span> <span m='106840'>an</span> <span m='106940'>interest</span> <span m='107500'>in</span> <span m='107790'>anything</span> <span m='108890'>in</span> <span m='108970'>the</span> <span m='109040'>medical</span> <span m='109440'>field, to</span> <span m='109880'>start</span> <span m='110950'>this</span> <span m='111240'>way,</span> <span m='111590'>if</span> <span m='112020'>you're</span> <span m='112190'>not</span> <span m='112420'>sure,</span> <span m='112940'>instead</span> <span m='113270'>of</span> <span m='113330'>going</span> <span m='113590'>straight</span> <span m='114020'>to</span> <span m='114560'>the</span> <span m='114720'>nursing</span> <span m='115140'>program,</span> <span m='115680'>or</span> <span m='115790'>anything</span> <span m='116140'>like</span> <span m='116360'>that,</span> <span m='117230'>because</span> <span m='118880'>you</span> <span m='119340'>get</span> <span m='119510'>to</span> <span m='119610'>really</span> <span m='119970'>be</span> <span m='120440'>with the patient</span> <span m='120890'>and</span> <span m='121340'>see what the</span> <span m='121790'>doctors do,</span> <span m='122340'>what</span> <span m='122500'>the</span> <span m='122590'>nurses</span> <span m='123100'>do,</span> <span m='123560'>and</span> <span m='123760'>learn</span> <span m='124160'>a</span> <span m='124220'>lot.</span> <span m='124510'>My</span> <span m='124630'>first</span> <span m='125010'>job</span> <span m='125710'>was</span> <span m='125950'>with</span> <span m='126380'>a</span> <span m='127760'>infectious</span> <span m='128180'>diseases</span> <span m='128550'>specialist</span> <span m='128925'>in</span> <span m='129300'>San</span> <span m='129560'>Fransisco.</span> <span m='129855'>And he</span> <span m='130150'>ended up</span> <span m='130620'>being</span> <span m='130770'>huge</span> <span m='131130'>in</span> <span m='131490'>the</span> <span m='132680'>AIDS</span> <span m='132920'>research</span> <span m='133640'>community.</span> </p><p><span m='134600'>So</span> <span m='135220'>you</span> <span m='135330'>just</span> <span m='135560'>never</span> <span m='135810'>know who</span> <span m='136110'>you're</span> <span m='136290'>going</span> <span m='136440'>to</span> <span m='136580'>work</span> <span m='136850'>with,</span> <span m='137195'>and you</span> <span m='137540'>never know</span> <span m='138038'>the people</span> <span m='138536'>you're going to</span> <span m='139034'>meet.</span> <span m='139532'>And</span> <span m='140530'>helping</span> <span m='140880'>people</span> <span m='141520'>and</span> <span m='141610'>helping</span> <span m='141970'>them</span> <span m='142210'>heal,</span> <span m='143196'>it's a</span> <span m='143689'>really good</span> <span m='144182'>way to</span> <span m='144675'>spend your time</span> <span m='145168'>and make</span> <span m='145661'>your money.</span> <span m='146160'>So</span> <span m='146515'>if</span> <span m='146870'>you're</span> <span m='147000'>really</span> <span m='147250'>into</span> <span m='147420'>it,</span> <span m='147710'>I say,</span> <span m='148000'>go for it.</span> </p><p><span m='148430'>And</span> <span m='148670'>there's</span> <span m='148920'>different</span> <span m='149500'>fields</span> <span m='149970'>as</span> <span m='150150'>well.</span> <span m='150470'>You</span> <span m='150590'>don't</span> <span m='150760'>have</span> <span m='150910'>to</span> <span m='151060'>stick</span> <span m='151310'>with</span> <span m='151490'>one</span> <span m='151740'>thing.</span> <span m='152600'>You can</span> <span m='153030'>do</span> <span m='153806'>massage</span> <span m='154152'>therapy,</span> <span m='154720'>you</span> <span m='155055'>can</span> <span m='155390'>do</span> <span m='156050'>chiropractic--</span> <span m='157190'>that's</span> <span m='157410'>all</span> <span m='157710'>considered</span> <span m='158010'>medical.</span> <span m='158310'>And I</span> <span m='158610'>think</span> <span m='158910'>it's</span> <span m='159210'>good.</span> <span m='159510'>We need</span> <span m='159810'>people</span> <span m='160110'>in that</span> <span m='160410'>field,</span> <span m='160710'>good</span> <span m='161010'>ones.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305234,"video_id":"2785940194001","name":"1375-Erika-p-MedicalAssistant","duration":162076,"thumbnail_url":null}});