(Certified) Medical Assistant - Surgery (Colorectal) in Washington, DC at The GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Date Posted: 7/11/2020

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Job Description

Position Summary

Assist physician and nurses in providing specific treatments and procedures, and facilitating efficient patient care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Assist physicians and/or registered nurses by taking and recording patient histories, height, weight, vital signs.
  2. Prepares patient for examination by preparing for various specimen collections.
  3. Administers oral and injectable (intramuscular and subcutaneous) as prescribed by the physician. Competency must be demonstrated to a registered nurse prior to performing such function. Has knowledge of medication actions, proper dosing & side effects.
  4. Hangs intravenous solutions without additives, monitors infusion rates, and discontinues peripheral intravenous lines.
  5. Assists physicians with minor procedures i.e., incision & drainage of abscess, breast needle biopsies, colorectal biopsies, breast expansions & minor surgical procedures.  Proficient with sterile technique.
  6. Explains tests and procedures including pre & post-op instructions to patients.
  7. Retrieves lab results and surgical path reports from computer (as well as reference labs) and communicates results/ data to physician and/or registered nurse. Notifies reference labs for specimen pick-up. Orders lab supplies as directed by registered nurse. Keeps up to date with what insurance company participates with what lab for specimen collections.
  8. Performs sterilization of instruments as necessary and ensures valid expiration date.   
  9. Reviews progress notes in patient's chart to prepare for clinic visit. Prepares forms for use during patient visit. Records height, weight, vital signs & “Meaningful Use” into patients’ medical record. Has knowledge of EMR usage.
  10. Schedules patient appointments for radiology (including CT-scan, MRI, ultrasound), Cytopathology (fine needle aspiration), vascular lab, etc. Completes appropriate forms, gives patient instruction and forms, and records information inpatients chart.
  11. Answers the telephone and transfers calls to appropriate personnel.
  12. Triage calls by obtaining pertinent information from caller & present info to physician/ RN for appropriate decision making.
  13. Remove sutures/staples as requested by physician. Competency must be demonstrated to your clinical manager.
  14. Performs simple and complex wound care, including irrigations with clean and sterile dressing changes. Able to remove and repack deep wound dressings as directed by physician.
  15. Able to apply Unna Boot under supervision of registered nurse
  16. Provides a clean environment for clinic and provides for inventory and proper care of equipment.
  17. Takes inventory of supplies, equipment and medication. Responsible for ordering and seeing that necessary sup   plies/equipment are available and/or in proper working order for clinic.
  18. Maintains and improves knowledge and expertise through continuing training, to include CPR certification.           

Other Related Duties

  1. Able to demonstrate sterile technique
  2. Ability to steam sterilizes instruments/packs, follows up to assure they are redone on a monthly basis if expired.
  3. Ability to clean a variety of instruments with proper cold sterilization.
  4. Ability to keep correct type of instruments in exam rooms.
  5. Must know which instruments are used for different divisions, ENT, plastic surgery, colorectal, vascular surgery.
  6. Must be flexible in cross covering in all clinics.
  7. Takes initiative in stocking all exam rooms when needed,
  8. Orders supplies on a weekly basis or as needed. Ensures the order arrives and accounts, monitors for back-ordered item.
  9. May be involved with assisting new medical students, interns, and others about the clinic and working area.
  10. Ability to draw up correct drug medication for physician and have the ability to administer IM, Sub Q.

Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education       

High school graduation, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience is necessary.  Must have received formal training in medical assisting from a vocational-technical high school, post-secondary vocational schools, or community and junior college and have proof of such training, such as a certificate or diploma. A current Licensure as a Practical Nurse is acceptable.  CPR certified.

Experience      

1-2 years working experience as a Medical Assistant in general surgery/ambulatory care is necessary. Colorectal experience preferred.

Supervision Received

Close supervision is received on a daily basis from a physician or Registered Nurse, or other in conjunction with nursing staff.

Supervision Exercised

None