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Medical Assistant Externship - An Overview

Monday, February 20, 2012 - Posted by Julie • 0 comments

One of the best ways to learn about something is through hands-on experience. For students of an online medical assisting program, this is accomplished with an externship.

Your externship is the point at which you move from student to medical assistant. Your transition will serve as a way to fine-tune the skills you learned in class by working in an actual medical office. Most externships are unpaid, but provide you with the tools you need to feel confident in your ability to be a medical assistant. An externship is like an internship, only shorter as it is the last step in your training.

During your stay in a medical office, the externship site supervisor will offer a written evaluation of your work, attitude and performance in general. They will also provide feedback on how reliable you are and how well you perform each task. It is important to ensure you receive a good evaluation, as this will be a determining factor in whether you will be able to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.

Once you have successfully completed your externship, it is a good idea to leave copies of your resume with the office manager, just in case a job opportunity pops up. You can also ask them to refer you to anyone they know who might need help as well.

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