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What Is a Pediatric Medical Assistant?

A pediatric medical assistant may fax information regarding immunization to schools to verify a patient has received the proper vaccinations.
A pediatric medical assistant must be good with small children.
A pediatric medical assistant may help a hospitalized child feel less anxious and better understand his medical treatment.
A pediatric medical assistant may assist in performing lab tests.
Pediatric medical assistants provide help with the medical care of children.
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A pediatric medical assistant is a professional within the medical field who works either in a pediatrician's office, in a children's hospital, or in some other environment in which he assists with the medical care of children. The specific rules for licensing for medical assistants vary depending on the location in which the assistant is practicing. Generally, such assistants receive less training in medicine and medical care than nurses and instead focus their education and duties more on the administrative functions of running an office.

Most commonly, a pediatric medical assistant obtains an associate's degree, which is a two-year program. The assistant may also obtain certification through other programs, through obtaining a four-year bachelor's degree in a related field, or through experience working in a hospital setting. While medical assistants can work in any doctor's office, those who specialize in working in a pediatric capacity generally like children and want to work in medical fields where children are treated.

The duties of a pediatric medical assistant vary depending on state laws. Duties are also based on the individual's experience and the doctor's delegation of duties and responsibilities. Generally, the functions involve helping to run the office in an administrative capacity, as well as having some patient interaction.

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It is common for a pediatric medical assistant to set appointments for patients and to remind patients of their appointments through phone calls and reminder cards. The assistant may also keep the doctor's calendar up to date. He generally also has some responsibility for filing medical files and dealing with the other administrative tasks of keeping the office running, such as contacting labs for test results, faxing forms to schools verifying vaccinations, and sending medical records on to new physicians when a patient changes doctors.

While a pediatric medical assistant is not qualified to provide care, he may explain to children or their parents what will be occurring in an exam. He may help hold a child having a shot or may help entertain or comfort a child undergoing medical treatment within the doctor's office. He may also assist in performing lab tests, prepare a patient for an exam by issuing a jar to the patient for a urine sample, weigh a patient before the exam, or perform other such related prep work before the patient sees the doctor.

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sneakers41
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Sunny27-Pediatric medical assistant’s duties are really clerical but they have to have an extreme attention to detail because they are updating patient’s records and can not make a mistake.

A registered medical assistant has to be organized because they can not lose a patient’s chart and this would severely hurt the doctor because he does not have any of the patient’s history in front of him.

In a busy pediatric office this is a challenge, but there must be strict organization because a doctor only has so much time with the patient and needs to be ready to help the patient with their problem immediately.

This happened to me once when I my son was a baby. They could not find my son’s file and the doctor had to start a new sheet and then the sheet was later added to my son’s file.

I was a little upset that this happened, but the office is very large and has about 4,500 patients on file. They did recover the chart and in seven years it never happened again.

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Pediatric medical assistant jobs description involves scheduling appointments and confirming appointments for upcoming visits.

They also have to fax or mail any vaccine records to the patient or school for the school’s records.

In addition, they have to keep a patient’s file up to date and make sure they are filed correctly. They also pull the patient’s file ahead of their visit and place the chart in the corresponding doctor and patient room for the doctor.

In many cases they also order office medical supplies and usually run the front desk. In addition, they keep track of current patients and make sure that they fit sick patients with patients with appointments along the available doctor’s schedule.

They handle any copayments for the current visit as well as any back payments from previous visits. They also may schedule the patient for their next visit.

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