Radiological Technologist not Medical Assistant
Radiologic Technologist (Former Employee) – Columbia, SC – September 18, 2018
If you're a Rad Tech who enjoys shooting xrays, this is not the place for you. I was informed during my interview that I would be functioning as an xray tech first and foremost, and that I would be expected to help out with drawing blood "when xray isnt busy". I was not told that xray is NEVER busy and that I would primarily be performing as a Medical Assistant - i.e. throat cultures, urine collection, fecal testing, drug screening and secretarial duties. The average number of xrays per day probably averaged three---in a 13hr shift. There is also an issue with providers who get upset when a Rad tech doesnt know how to do something they would have absolutely no experience in. When asking for clarification on a lab specimen order, one provider states "they didn't teach you how to do that in school *rolls eyes*". You're also expected to deliver lab results to patients over the phone, even if you have no idea how to answer the patients questions about said results: "google it". So, if you're an xray tech who hates lunch breaks and actually wants to be a medical assistant THIS IS YOUR DREAM JOB.
No breaks, unrealistic expectations, poor staffing, lower end of pay scale