Gender Discrimination for male Med. Asst.

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tiredofthecrap in New York, New York

65 months ago

If this were women being disqualified, they would hire a lawyer and sue... so, I think the same should apply.. men need to start suing for descrimination in hiring practices.. any good lawyer would take the case with payment upon win... based on the number of males to female ratio in the medical industry, it should be very easy to prove descrimination...

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Edwin A in Brooklyn, New York

65 months ago

Yes I definetly agree that Male Med.
Assistant's get the short end. I was
sent to a prominent N.Y. hospital once as a temp. Medical Assistant and "overheard" the Lead Physician/Older person state that He DID NOT WANT A MALE MEDICAL Asst. I was summarily sent back to my agency to which I complained but nothing was done. I just did not think about a possible legal case, but it seems that in this situation it very well could have been likely and possible. The clinic was NOT an OB-GYN, in fact I believe it was an
endocrinologist clinic.
I was so very very disappointment in the field and the discrmination to this day still exists in employment agencies and

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NM in Jamaica, New York

63 months ago

I think there's a bias against males in the medical field because alot of male hands-on workers like medical assistants, nurses and even doctors have been known to behave inappropriately. When you're a female patient with cancer or who just gave birth or whatever and you're there to see your doctor, the last thing a woman needs to deal with is a pervert with medical certification. A few bad apples spoils the whole bunch. Sorry.

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Nate in Detroit, Michigan

62 months ago

NM in Jamaica, New York said: I think there's a bias against males in the medical field because alot of male hands-on workers like medical assistants, nurses and even doctors have been known to behave inappropriately. When you're a female patient with cancer or who just gave birth or whatever and you're there to see your doctor, the last thing a woman needs to deal with is a pervert with medical certification. A few bad apples spoils the whole bunch. Sorry.

so should guys give up because some men were perverts?

natekruk@aol.com

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tc dallas in Dallas, Texas

60 months ago

I am a certified registered medical assistant and have 15 plus yrs of certification. And I cannot find a job anywhere. What can I do? I am a male also and have encountered the same problems. What do the male medical assistants do to get a job?

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Edwin A. in New York, New York

60 months ago

Yes, it is tough for a Male Med. Asst. particularly in the last
5-7 years. I would suggest and this is what I have done,
concentrate or highlight in your CV/Resume more Administrative
proficiencies. which can lead to Office Manager or Med. Asst.
supervisor slots within clinical offices. It is a shame that
more and more private physicians are disregarding a True
Med. Asst./Technician in favor of a (sorry to sound prejudiced)
pretty face who perhaps does not know a straight needle from a
23 gauge butterfly. With someone with over 15 years of experience
I think the best move is Management/Upper Level Administrative.
Good Luck to you.

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Terence in Dallas, Texas

60 months ago

Thanks for your response, I will be updating my resume send me more specifics on what to do. thanks have a great day!

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mike5jennbrown in Staatsburg, New York

59 months ago

i was wondering attending a local school to become a cma. is it really that bad for men out there. i am 33 and looking to enter this into a new carrer. any suggestins

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Rick in Olympia, Washington

59 months ago

I am thinking of atrending school this spring to become a medical assistant. From what I've been reading it's supposed to be the number one growing occupation in the country. But as a man will I be able to get a job ? don't want to waste my time and money.

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David in Seattle, Washington

59 months ago

Rick,
Medical Assisting is a good field to get into for anyone - male or female. Sometimes we, as male Medical Assistants, do encounter gender descrimination from the staff and MDs/providers. But once you find the right professional setting - and prove your value and skills (especially a good bedside manner that encompasses compassion/professionalism) it is rewarding. I think that there are pro's/con's to being a male MA. I think, though, that the older male MDs can totally be judgemental and think that the role is a female one. And those are DOC's that you really wouldn't want to work with, anyway. It's their loss - not yours. But I also have known some clinic managers to specifically want and hire more male MAs/RMAs/CMAs in their mix. Sometimes the MD/NP/PA-C will even be your best ally and supporter in getting the experience you need/desire, promotions, etc... . Also, after you get your diploma/degree in the field, you can specialize too (level II EKG tech, medical coder/billing specialist, office manager, and other roles). Good luck and go for it!

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mike5jennbrown in Staatsburg, New York

59 months ago

Thank you all for your advice. I will be attending school starting in april. Now how do you get into those specialty fields you were talking about? I am going to be an MA and i will take the certification test to be certified. Thank you for all your help!!!Sems to be a good bunch of people in the field!!!

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David in Seattle, Washington

59 months ago

You generally have to start in Family Practice to get your feet in the door. I actually started in a hospital as both a Patient Care Tech/Ward Clerk, and then, eventually to Interventional Medicine. Hospitals/hospital-affiliated clinics pay the most, by the way. If you can't find a job right away as a Medical Assistant, then look at other healthcare positions in the hospitals. Some of those positions are: Health Unit Coordinator/Unit Secretary, Patient Care Tech, Physical Therapy Aide, even transporter. You can also greater increase your chances of getting a job as a hospital-based MA by gettting your CNA (you can getting training from a nearby nursing home; the training is usually 4 weeks with the first 2 or 3 being part-time in the day time and then a full-week of clinical). Even consider taking the Certified Professional Coder exam after graduating from MA-school. I believe that the MA schools still teach Medical Billing and Coding as part of their cirriculum. Also, you may even be able to get into a clinic being cross-trained as a Surgical Tech. I have worked w/several Surgical Techs who were cross-trained into that profession (and these were traveling techs that made good money and had their housing and transportation payed for). Just get your foot in the door and then keep your eyes open for opportunites. Also, make sure that your program is accredited so that you are eligible to sit for the CMA(AAMA) certification exam. If not, find out if you can at least sit for the RMA(AMT) cert.

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Rick in Olympia, Washington

59 months ago

David in Seattle, Washington said: You generally have to start in Family Practice to get your feet in the door. I actually started in a hospital as both a Patient Care Tech/Ward Clerk, and then, eventually to Interventional Medicine. Hospitals/hospital-affiliated clinics pay the most, by the way. If you can't find a job right away as a Medical Assistant, then look at other healthcare positions in the hospitals. Some of those positions are: Health Unit Coordinator/Unit Secretary, Patient Care Tech, Physical Therapy Aide, even transporter. You can also greater increase your chances of getting a job as a hospital-based MA by gettting your CNA (you can getting training from a nearby nursing home; the training is usually 4 weeks with the first 2 or 3 being part-time in the day time and then a full-week of clinical). Even consider taking the Certified Professional Coder exam after graduating from MA-school. I believe that the MA schools still teach Medical Billing and Coding as part of their cirriculum. Also, you may even be able to get into a clinic being cross-trained as a Surgical Tech. I have worked w/several Surgical Techs who were cross-trained into that profession (and these were traveling techs that made good money and had their housing and transportation payed for). Just get your foot in the door and then keep your eyes open for opportunites. Also, make sure that your program is accredited so that you are eligible to sit for the CMA(AAMA) certification exam. If not, find out if you can at least sit for the RMA(AMT) cert.

David,

Thanks for the advise and information. I'm for sure gonna go for it.

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Rese in Skowhegan, Maine

53 months ago

I am a Male Medical Assistant also and feel that as a Male I too and being discriminated here in the state of Maine. I have gone on countless interviews only to receive an email weeks after the position has been filled that they chose to go with someone with more experience. Never in my life have I had to deal with something like this. I was a CNA for 8yrs and felt it would be a nice change to become a medical assistant. I enjoyed all I learned and my evaluation from my internship was impressive. After moving to the state of Maine and applying for countless positions after a yr I am choosing to go back to college once again in a little over a yr from graduating. The college that I am interested in attending after finding about a Nursing program told me that they too are having a hard time placing Male Medical Assistants for work. Why is it that all these colleges are continuing to take money from Male students, knowing that they have no success in placing them with jobs? To me that's is just wrong. We (Male Medical Assistants) should start to pursue legal actions and let these facilities know that we are not going to take this anymore. Then maybe they will think twice when other male medical assistants apply for work at there offices and hospitals.

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gary in Dallas, Texas

52 months ago

I live in Dallas Tx and i just grad 7 weeks ago i am a Male and am finding it very hard to evan get an interview. Feel so depressed, i know i know my stuff i did well in school and on my externship but no job... what can i do i was thinking about going to a local news station let them run a investigation as to why the school lets males come in when they know there hard to place its all about the money i guess just wish i new i would be with out work.....any ideas would be helpful

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Nate in Detroit, Michigan

52 months ago

gary in Dallas, Texas said: I live in Dallas Tx and i just grad 7 weeks ago i am a Male and am finding it very hard to evan get an interview. Feel so depressed, i know i know my stuff i did well in school and on my externship but no job... what can i do i was thinking about going to a local news station let them run a investigation as to why the school lets males come in when they know there hard to place its all about the money i guess just wish i new i would be with out work.....any ideas would be helpful

not a bad idea at all start calling out these diploma milla

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KAT in Arlington, Texas

50 months ago

gary in Dallas, Texas said: I live in Dallas Tx and i just grad 7 weeks ago i am a Male and am finding it very hard to evan get an interview. Feel so depressed, i know i know my stuff i did well in school and on my externship but no job... what can i do i was thinking about going to a local news station let them run a investigation as to why the school lets males come in when they know there hard to place its all about the money i guess just wish i new i would be with out work.....any ideas would be helpful

Are you sure it is because you are male or is it because you are a new graduate with no experience? DFW has a ton of Medical Assisting schools putting out new graduates all the time. Most places advertise for experience only. It's just not a good time to be a new graduate in any career.

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tone in Fort Worth, Texas

46 months ago

I graduated july 2010 as a male MA i had 1 interview, never heard a word after at least 3 calls back to HR, I finally got a job as a phlebotomist with Carter Blood Care in Bedford,Tx. working on their mobile units, its horrible the people you are forced to work with are unprofessional and most have no professional training, I have over 200 applications out to potential employers here in DFW, lots of jobs, also lots of MA's graduating every month, I also believe the field is very bias to male's, and yes, there should be something done about it!

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edjax2866 in Lansing, Michigan

40 months ago

I am a recent graduate from a Medical Assistant program and acieved a perfect score on the RMA exam plus near perfect grades (96.6 GPA). I have been wondering about this very subject as I can't even get an interview. There are people (females) that I went to school with that are getting interviews and even jobs at the same places I've applied to and I have better grades and recommendations. Just don't understand it. I came from a non-medical career and have over 20 years of office and customer service experience but, can't even get anything for medical reception either.

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Edwin A in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

yes it is extremely tough for Male MA's. keep
positive, look for possible temp voulteer opportunities
in hospital's where people can see you and you can
get inside track with human resources dept on
job opening's. I got hired at a Federal facility
Veterans Administration Hospital, look for posting's
on their website usajobs.opm.gov
and look under Health Technician, same function(s)
as a medical assistant or for Nursing Assistant,
they will accept Med. Asst. graduates for NA slots
even if you are not state certified as a Nursing Asst.

Good Luck Keep your head up.

Edwin A

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SixStringManiac in Wichita, Kansas

40 months ago

this is kind of scary after reading all of this, I am panning on attending school for AAS MA, was wanting to make a difference in peoples lives and figured it would be good start and ultimately help me for my goal of EMS/Firefighter, now I'm not so sure after reading the comments. I want to learn as much as possible and be prepared for when I get out in the field and figured MA is a good place to start, WATC here in Wichita has great training, but being male, am I just going to waste $10,000 on an associate of applied science in this field?

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Tony in Snoqualmie, Washington

40 months ago

Probably so, im paying back 12k and still not working as sn ma but doing phlebotomy Pp

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Tony in Snoqualmie, Washington

40 months ago

Yes, I wasted 12k, cant find a job as an ma, but I am working as a phlebotomist

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SixStringManiac in Wichita, Kansas

39 months ago

a real man job? I've done my share of construction, HVAC, plumbing, drywall, painting, welding, mechanics....currently I'm an aircraft machinist. I would rather help people medically rather than build wing ribs and various other airplane parts for the rest of my working life. Just remember every time you go to the Dr's office or hospital, those MA's, phlebotomist, orderlies, CNA's CMA's, charge nurses and even the doctors themselves were once something else and they chose the career path they chose because of 2 things, the drive to help others, and a better life for themselves and their families. there is no need to be a jerk abot what a person does, unless they have actually offended you in some way, and even thn, that's the indivdual person, not their career.

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YoYo in Concord, North Carolina

39 months ago

Lol, it was a joke. I am a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, but have been an Electrician. However, saying that people join healthcare to "help people" is bull&^%& They do it because it's a relatively easy high paying job. Plus its about the only jobs left in America, but that won't last for ever. and don't get me started on doctors.

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ralph johnson in Winter Springs, Florida

39 months ago

YoYo in Concord, North Carolina said: Get a real man job. Work in construction or be a trash collector.

Sure do That. I was in construction for 30 years and haven't worked for the last 5.

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Danni R. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

39 months ago

I have a large circle of Medical Assistants on Google 1+ (or whatever it is called), my Google social network. While there are indeed far more women, I have to say that there also is a surprisingly good amount of men (male medical assistants) which to me, speaks for the fact that male medical assistants enroll in medical assisting training programs and ARE being hired. Also, there are some male medical assistants on our medical assistant community forum. So, bottom line: the industry is changing and making room for more men in scrubs and stethoscopes.

Danni R.

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1982Davis in Vallejo, California

37 months ago

I been applying for medical assistant jobs for the last two years and get no call backs, but when my girl friend apply she get a call back asap. My experience is just as good as hers.Should i just lying on my apps or what should i do?

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1982Davis in Vallejo, California

37 months ago

I need to talk to the Governor or the President because this ain't right. I might start a discrimination protest for the unemployed who get turned down.

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J.J. in Hauppauge, New York

35 months ago

Nursing, Nursing Assistant, and Medical Assistant jobs have been traditionally held by females in the 20th century, and now in the 21st century more and more men are trying to pry in to the field. However, most hiring managers are still old school and it is going to take time for them to retire. Unfortunately, it is easy for everyone to say "just give it time" because time is a very valuable, especially when a person is unemployed and in debt. If you have the money, motivation and time go for your RN. Because the job prospects look better for a male RN vs a male CMA, and the national RN shortage is greater than the CMA shortage. Good Luck to all.

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Abhinay Kumar in Mississauga, Ontario

34 months ago

It is very disheartening for every Male. I am completely broken now. I am MBA from India and IBM graduate from Toronto. I have 1.7 year experience in Indian Bank. Two of my class made(Both are girls)from University (MBA class made) with little job experience came to Canada. One studied IBM and other one did nothing. One of them got job in CIBC bank and other working in Downtown. I have more experience and qualification. Whenever , i handed over my resume to employment agencies, receptionist's answer was like: What are you looking for,I said,"Any job related to office work and Administrative assistant" then , She replied without opening resume, Would you like to work as Laborer. Every Agencies offered me laborer job without even opening Resume and these are the same agencies , where my female class made came and got Administrative officer job in 1st visit. I am wearing formal Pant and shirt with Tie looks. Does my IBM and MBA qualification good for Laborer. Canada is a Country with huge xxxxx for boys. Everywhere, Like Offices, Corporate offices, Tim Horton, Star Bucks etc women are preferred. It is really worse to do study for doing labor work.

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Jaybird in Wenatchee, Washington

33 months ago

I was a medic in the army for 8 years then construction and got injured roofing and signed up for MA school because of lifting requirement for nurses are above my job release from L I.Im not feeling the love about this program really now i wish i had searched about male vs. female med asst.

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Dan in Battle Ground, Washington

33 months ago

I Graduated a Medical Assistant program about a Month ago. I went for the M.A. after being a CNA for about 17 years, and I must say it's been really tough finding a job. Also less tough in the nursing field. I would say the same as others...Go for your R.N. There's alot more respect for men in that role, especially in Washington State.

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Jaybird in Wenatchee, Washington

33 months ago

Dan in Battle Ground, Washington said: I Graduated a Medical Assistant program about a Month ago. I went for the M.A. after being a CNA for about 17 years, and I must say it's been really tough finding a job. Also less tough in the nursing field. I would say the same as others...Go for your R.N. There's alot more respect for men in that role, especially in Washington State.

Did you go to a private school for certification or 2 yr associate program, which is what i'm scheduled for at a community college. does it make much difference do you think?

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Dan in Battle Ground, Washington

33 months ago

To be honest, I dont think it makes much of a difference, but I went to a private school(accelerated program). With all of the Medical training I have had before hand, I didn't think an Associates Degree was needed; but times are changing....for example, almost all of the Hospitals around Oregon and Washington State are requiring their R.N's to have at least a Bachelor's Degree to work in the Hospital. If you have the time, patience, and money, and want to excel, an Associates Degree just may be the way to go.

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templeresearch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

32 months ago

Hello, I am a sociology major at Temple University and I am currently doing a research project on gender roles in the medical field. The project is centered around seeing what people think the gender roles are in that profession and if they feel they are correct or fair. Historically nurses were usually females and doctors were usually males but much has changed since those times and we are interested in seeing what people think. Please reply if interested. (I certify that no names or personal information will be recorded or used.)

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templeresearch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

32 months ago

Some of the questions we are looking to have answered are as followed:
1. Do you think the medical field is a generally discriminating field in terms of gender?
2. Have you ever dealt with any gender biases in your personal experience in the health field?
3. Do you think gender effects the likelihood of one's position within the medical field?
4. Do you feel the medical field is evolving in terms of gender?
5. In your personal opinion, what roles do you feel gender should play in the medical field?

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Shugarshay13 in Allentown, Pennsylvania

32 months ago

I am answering the above stated questions about the medical field and gender biases.

1. I feel as though it is a generally discriminating field. When people hear the title "doctor" they automaticall assume it is a male and that is not always the case in today's day and age.

2. I am a nursing major and because I am a female, people automatically call me nurse rather than asking me what my true title is. I am a nurse now but I plan on being a doctor and I feel the people will still make that assumtion.

3. Yes because people often look at a nurse as being more of a caregiver which is a role generally given to women. A doctor is also looked at as being the person in charge at a hospital so people would most likely place males in that position of power.

4. No I do not feel the medical field is changing in terms of gender. I feel people are subconsciously brain washed into thinking ceratin roles apply to certain postitons in the medical field...hopefully it will change in the future.

5. In my opinion gender should not play a role in the medical field at all. A person's ability to do their job is based upon their skill at that job and gender has nothing to do with how well they their job or how educated/skilled they are.

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Lanny B. in Allentown, Pennsylvania

32 months ago

I am responding to the discussion/questions referring to gender roles in hospitals.

1. I am a male graduate student and I am studying to be a doctor. I don't think that the medical field is a generally discriminating field in terms of gender. However, specific medical professions seem to attract specific genders. For example, nursing tends to attract many women and has a low number of males. The nursing profession itself does not discriminate against men, however there are public stigmas that target male nurses.

2. I personally have not experienced any gender biases in the health field.

3. I think that gender can effect ones position within the medical field. Some female patients do not want male nurses to take care of them. Sometimes female doctors are seen as inferior to their male counterparts.

4. I think that the medical field has done a good job in eliminating gender discrimination across all professions over the years. It has evolved just as society has evolved and it is much more supportive of all genders in all medical practices.

5. I don't think that gender should play a role in the medical field. I think that it is important for everyone to be held to an equal caliber based on their abilities and specialties. Baically, whoever is best suited for the job should get it. Gentics should play no part.

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anonymous in Indianapolis, Indiana

31 months ago

I graduated almost a year ago and I am a CMA (AAMA) graduating Salatorian in my class. I feel that the colleges are somewhat to blame. I was told when inquiring about males having success as an MA that there are male MA's working in my area and after looking exhaustively haven't met one. I was also told by a college counselor that her personal physician has two male MA's and she thought they were great. I've since found out that they will tell you anything to get you to sign and get through the program. The female MA's for the most part have treated me well at places I've worked prn, but finding full time employment has not been found. I recently had to find work in a non medical field for income. At one location I worked it was insinuated that I was gay. At another I was passed over by a young female with less experience and fresh out of MA school and non-certified. A more realistic outlook for male candidates to medical programs/colleges should be regulated especially for colleges that promise lifetime career placement assistance.

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NOOB in Rochedale, Australia

31 months ago

Well I can say for sure the bias exists in allied health work (especially medical imaging/ radiation therapy) in North Queensland (and according to friends in South Queensland). I have had a nightmare experience.
jack.w.kernahan@gmail.com

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LUIS A. JUAREZ in Wilmington, Delaware

31 months ago

I AM GOING FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANT AT DELAWARE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND I BEEN LOOKING AND APPLYING FOR A JOB TO DO AT LEAST OFFICE WORK...! AND I AM THE SAME AS YOU ALL AND I AM BILLINGUAL. I DO NOT REALLY GET IT THERE IS PEOPLE THAT THEY JUST GET THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND THEY GET JOBS AS MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST....WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PEOPLE HERE IN DELAWARE?

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Robert Rehman in Chattanooga, Tennessee

29 months ago

I graduated close to a year ago I had to quit a job I had in order to work a 180 hour externship, well the Clinical Manager kept telling me they loved me but when I was close to finishing I gave them my resume and they hired a girl off the street with body piercings everywhere ans she had not kept a job longer than a month,needless to say she got the job I am still looking, I am so disgusted with the whole experience their is an almost prejudice against hiring men, I have to give up on it as I was told I could be a CNA.. okay so I have to pay back $32,000 in loans even after I passed my cert test with very high scores it still is not good enough

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Nicholas Ogunye in Hyattsville, Maryland

2 months ago

I am a cerified male medical assistant and felt discriminated against in an initial hiring interview in Washington DC. The interviewer asked me what date i would be ready to start. i replied next week. She also inquired about my current occupation. When I told her it was part-time, she said i need to get quit that job. She said since i live in Hyattsville commuting would not be a problem. She also asked about my minimum salary requirements and i told her $13-$14/hr. I left with the euphoric feling that I have got the job only to receive a rejection notice in my email that people with background and experience that best met their needs were hired. I filed a gender discrimination complaint against teh employer- Washington Howard university Hospital and frankly speaking, I am ready to press damage claims against them in a court of law. I also have a masters degree in health services administration, but cannot find work in that field due to lack of prior experience. What is a man like me supposed to do? I am beginning to regret going to school and personally feel I would have been better of, not only without a certificate, but also without a college degree as well.

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