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What does a medical assistant do?

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After you’ve checked in, a medical assistant may show you to an examination room. They may check your height, weight, and blood pressure. They also will note your symptoms and pass that information on to the doctor. Medical assistants aren’t allowed to offer medical advice.

From: Who's Who at the Doctor's Office WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Center for Advancing Health: “Your Doctor’s Office Demystified,” "Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office?”

American Nurses Association: “What Nurses Do.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Who's Who in Health Care."

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Board: “Frequently Asked Questions about Supervising Physician Assistants.”

American College of Physicians: "Patient Centered Medical Home."

U.S. Department of Labor: “What Registered Nurses Do,” “What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Center for Advancing Health: “Your Doctor’s Office Demystified,” "Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office?”

American Nurses Association: “What Nurses Do.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Who's Who in Health Care."

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Board: “Frequently Asked Questions about Supervising Physician Assistants.”

American College of Physicians: "Patient Centered Medical Home."

U.S. Department of Labor: “What Registered Nurses Do,” “What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

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