Pros: 401k matching 1% of salary, free services for full time employees, coworkers with similar political views, safe environment, pto
Cons: expensive insurance, patients have very long wait time and minimal patient care, overworked and underpaid health center staff, no movement up unless you know someone whether you are qualified or not
A typical day at work: From the second the front door opens patients are waiting to come in. Patients typically need to start their appointment, pick up supplies, or have questions. Many patients are scheduled at the same time so if every scheduled patient shows up then the clinic is instantly behind and will include long wait times. The best days are – more... when there are "no shows" so the patients that do show up get the best care.
There are three stations, check in, lab/counseling, and check out, that the medical assistants rotate throughout the week. Check in is responsible for managing the front desk, paperwork, patient questions, phone calls, and front door security.
The lab/counseling station begins with setting up the patient rooms, counseling patients and taking vitals, running and sending labs, and helping the clinician.
The check out station primarily deals with collecting payment, taking phone calls, answering last minute patient questions, giving medications and instructions.
I've learned that I can multitask in a fast pace environment while maintaining professionalism and courtesy.
My co-workers can make the day run smoother with great teamwork.
The hardest part of the job is being over worked and not compensated.
The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with patients and being someone they trust. – less