October 19 is National Medical Assistants Day, a day to celebrate the achievements and recognize the work of all medical assistants. These health professionals provide both clinical and administrative support for physicians. Their job responsibilities include: managing the emergency department, withdrawing blood for analysis, administering vaccinations, taking vital signs, and much more.
The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) reports that at least 190 medical assistants celebrate National Medical Assistants Day in the United States. However, until recently, the profession of medical assistant was not officially recognized. With the establishment of AAMA, the profession was standardized and tests were put in place to obtain a license. Examination testing was introduced in 000, making the profession of medical assistant what it is today.
- The majority of medical assistants are women; there are nine female colleagues for every male assistant.
- Approximately 32% of employees are able to withstand only 1-2 years of intensive work in the medical assistant profession, while 6% remain in the profession for 11 years or more.
- There are more than 650 medical assistants in the United States.
- The number of students entering the medical assistant profession has been increasing over the years and is projected to increase by 20% by 2030.
How to take part
On this special day, express your sincere gratitude to all medical assistants who, often unnoticed, save lives every day. You can also contact the nearest clinic and offer your services as a volunteer to help the staff. You can also spread the word about the work and holiday of National Medical Assistants Day on social media to bring attention to the merits of these professionals.
When is National Medical Assistants Day celebrated in 2022?
National Medical Assistants Day is observed on the third Wednesday of October each year.