what makes a great pediatric medical assistant?
as a medical assistant, you have the opportunity to work in a wide array of medical practices. once you complete your training at eastern college of health vocations, not only will you have the option of working in a particular medical field, but you can also select to work with particular demographics, like children. children can be a joy to work with, but caring for them can bring along certain challenges at times. how can you tell if you’ll make a great pediatric medical assistant? well, we’ve rounded up a few questions to ask yourself before making moves toward your new career.
are you passionate about caring for children?
a job is just a job if you’re only in it for the paycheck. true passion matters to employers, and when working with children it can be especially important. though pediatric patients can be some of the most unpredictable patients, many graduates who go on to work in the field share it’s a very rewarding job. like everything with kids, there will be silly, sad, wild and even exhausting times, but your role as a pediatric medical assistant will allow you the opportunity to witness incredible transformations and build lasting relationships.
do you have a calm demeanor?
for young children, a visit to the doctor can often be a bit scary. whether it’s a completely new experience for them or they recall a recent visit that involved a shot, a gifted pediatric medical assistant can help calm kids nerves. comfort, kindness and humor can go a long way in helping little ones feel safe and at ease.
can you speak “kid”?
to start, physically getting down to a kid’s level to speak eye to eye with them is a great first step to ensure good communication. by doing so, you’ll show the young ones their feelings and concerns are important. it also helps hold attention. a good pediatric medical assistant is also able have a relatable conversation with kids. the very hungry caterpillar? frozen? lightning mcqueen? what are their favorite characters, shows or books? when you’re able to speak with children about their interests, you have better chances of building trust and developing a relationship that will make future visits more enjoyable.
can you comfort parents?
let’s face it. from home life, to work life, to lack of sleep and concern for their little one, parents are sometimes worried, angry and even flat out exhausted by the time they’ve stepped foot inside your doctor’s office doors. so, you’ll need to have patience with them too! keeping both patients and parents calm and relaxed until the pediatrician enters the exam room takes talent. it also takes a level of understanding to realize when a sleep-deprived parent might need to be walked through seemingly simple procedures or have instructions repeated.
not everyone should pursue a career as a pediatric medical assistant, but if you have the right qualities, it can be rewarding and often fun. with your medical assistant training from echv, you will quickly be on your way to becoming a vital part of a medical team with excellent opportunities for advancement. if you’re interested in becoming a medical assistant or have questions about our program, fill out the form on this page or call our little rock campus at 501-568-0211 or our new orleans campus at 504-736-0654.