Medical Assistant school yes or no?

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From what I hear and read, any profession in the medical field will have excellent career prospects, although you should check the US Gov't Occupational Outlook Handbook (available online) which gives very detailed information about this.

Poison Ivy is a sympathetic person and I think that would serve her well in a helping profession. Poison, if you go ahead with this, you would need to choose a job which tended not to involve the kinds of controversial issues that bother you. For example, obviously don't work in a gyn office; many areas of medicine occur to me in which you would presumably function well without compromising your beliefs.

That said, I think it's extremely important for you to know and make a commitment within yourself that if as a med. asst. you encounter a situation which bothers you, you will act totally professionally and keep your thoughts and feelings strictly to yourself! If you don't think you can do this, don't even consider this profession. You have no right, as a medical professional, to inflict your beliefs on others or to compromise their recovery in any way. "First, do no harm."

Think about it very carefully. I think, if you can make that promise to yourself, and mean it and keep it, you would be an outstanding med. asst.
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I've been considering becoming a MA while I get my BS in biology. But the major issue is the phlebotomy exp, many jobs want you to have at least 6 mts exp not including the sticks you got from training but few places will give the exp like a blood bank. Unless you have connections, it'll be hard to get a job.

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I think the issue is that working in medicine requires something beyond wanting to help people. There are lots of careers in helping professions and medicine is one of them. In my opinion if you are in medicine is not just because of wanting to help, but because you believe in the science. In my opinion medicine should be secular an religion should be left at the front door
Originally Posted by Nej
I totally agree. But I also want to add that I don't think a persons beliefs should really matter, but rather their ability to not inflict their beliefs on others.

And it's not just about abortion, although you will have to accept that if you're in the medical field. Homosexuals, multiple partners, promiscuity, people doing all sorts of things that are "bad" in the eyes of religion. Do you think you can help a 14 year old with birth control? Explain how to use a condom correctly to a gay teenage boy? Treat a woman who's had multiple abortions and multiple partners, but has no interest in changing her life? And can you do it all without judging and providing supportive care?

People are cautioning you against a medical career because they, like me, don't EVER want to be subject to someone else's personal beliefs when it comes to my body and my health, and you have made it very clear you have strong personal beliefs, and if you CAN'T 100% put them aside for a career, you will be bad at a job in medicine.

We all have to face that there are some things we like or are interested in that just aren't a good fit for us. This might be one of those things for you.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
I don't think any people are "bad".
I've been considering becoming a MA while I get my BS in biology. But the major issue is the phlebotomy exp, many jobs want you to have at least 6 mts exp not including the sticks you got from training but few places will give the exp like a blood bank. Unless you have connections, it'll be hard to get a job.

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Originally Posted by deja_vu
I actually do have a couple of connections.
I've been considering becoming a MA while I get my BS in biology. But the major issue is the phlebotomy exp, many jobs want you to have at least 6 mts exp not including the sticks you got from training but few places will give the exp like a blood bank. Unless you have connections, it'll be hard to get a job.

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Originally Posted by deja_vu
I actually do have a couple of connections.
Originally Posted by poisonivy
Then you shouldn't have a problem getting a MA job after graduating. Good luck.

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I've been considering becoming a MA while I get my BS in biology. But the major issue is the phlebotomy exp, many jobs want you to have at least 6 mts exp not including the sticks you got from training but few places will give the exp like a blood bank. Unless you have connections, it'll be hard to get a job.

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Originally Posted by deja_vu
I actually do have a couple of connections.
Originally Posted by poisonivy
What do they say about the availability of jobs and pay scale?

I could totally see you working in the medical field. But also lots of other things. Esp w/ children.
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I've been considering becoming a MA while I get my BS in biology. But the major issue is the phlebotomy exp, many jobs want you to have at least 6 mts exp not including the sticks you got from training but few places will give the exp like a blood bank. Unless you have connections, it'll be hard to get a job.

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Originally Posted by deja_vu
I actually do have a couple of connections.
Originally Posted by poisonivy
What do they say about the availability of jobs and pay scale?

I could totally see you working in the medical field. But also lots of other things. Esp w/ children.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Awww thanks spidey. I think I've had my fill of kids though, lol. I had an appointment with my doctor today and I talked to her and the MA who took my vitals and they both said to go for it. That there are lots of jobs and not enough MA's to fill them. Doctors offices are using more MA's than RN's simply because they are not as expensive. I would be happy with $13-14 an hour to start. I mean, I'm making $8.10 an hour at Giant Eagle right now. That's quite a raise.
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