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Old 04-27-2013, 06:07 AM   #1
 
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Default Medical Assistant school yes or no?

Ok I want to go to Medical Assistant school but I have a HUGE fear of not being able to find a job after I graduate and then being stuck with a student loan payment I can't make. It seems all jobs in the medical field require 1 year of experience from what I can see. Am I being irrational?
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Also, do long term care facilities hire MA's?
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Are you sure that's the career for you? I can see you being in multiple situations that test your beliefs.
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Are you sure that's the career for you? I can see you being in multiple situations that test your beliefs.
I've always wanted to work in the medical field.
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You seem to have so many restrictions on what other people can do to their own bodies in their own lives, that I really don't think the medical field would be a good fit for you. People deserve to be respected when they're seeking medical care without someone imposing their own religious beliefs on them.
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There are many pro-life medical workers.
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Yes, and they always have trouble reconciling their beliefs with their responsibilities, and the patient is the one who suffers.
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As ling as you arent planning to work in an area where your beliefs would cause conflict (ie don't go work for an Obgyn) I don't see how that would he a problem.

Regarding the experience aspect, pretty much every job post in every field says that, just likeany ask for a degree even though they will interview and hire without one.

I would talk to the school and find out what options there are for placements and support finding a job, and what sort of employment rates their graduates have before committing. Also find out what your options are for part time work in the field while you study who h would give you experience and an edge over other new graduates.

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What is a medical assistant? I've never heard that term before. That's not the same as medical Office assistant (MOA) right?
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As ling as you arent planning to work in an area where your beliefs would cause conflict (ie don't go work for an Obgyn) I don't see how that would he a problem.


Working with women of childbearing age (10-50) in any field could cause a problem. Basically anyone with a functioning uterus could cause a conflict with the anti-choice crowd. As could working with anyone at end of life. Or anyone receiving biomedical treatment that could possibly include embryonic stem cell treatments at some point, so that precludes cancer and auto-immune disease sufferers. Not a lot left.
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I didn't start this thread to open up another argument about abortion. I just wanted to know if there are jobs out there.
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I think anyone in the medical field has to learn to put their personal beliefs aside, pro life is no different. There are people who choose bot to get blood transfusions due to religious beliefs, or who turn down chemo because they believe in crystal healing therapy.

What you believe as a medical practitioner is far less important that your ability to keep quiet when your patients beliefs don't match your own. (I know a lot of nurses and I know their opinions on a lot of the things their patients do, they somehow manage to bite their tongues every day and avoid getting fired, I'm sure the op will be no different if she chooses this field)


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It's not like I'm going to work at planned parenthood.
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How much does the medical assisting school you're considering cost? I'd only do it if there's a program at a public community college. I wouldn't go to a for-profit college and pay an arm and a leg for a career that pays so little. (Average $13/hour nationally.) I'd wonder how long it would take to pay for the education.

My niece just finished a medical assisting program at a community college. She doesn't have any experience yet so she's looking for a job as a patient rep for a clinic associated with one of the bigger hospitals. Her prospects for getting a job are pretty good.

I'm sure there are plenty of Catholic hospitals and affiliated clinics where you could work.
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Oh my God.

She's not going to be performing
abortions.

If you're in a helping profession, you're going to come in contact with others whose beliefs are very different from yours. I think poisonivy is aware of that.
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I agree with mspoppers. I wouldn't go to a for profit school for that. You'll take out more student loans than it's worth.
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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
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I think you need to decide what it is that important to you. Thinking and being asked about your convictions Is life, an what she will deal with. It should be a part of an educated decision

People ask these Questioba because your personal convictions have the potential to affect their healthcare.
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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
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.
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I agree with mspoppers. I wouldn't go to a for profit school for that. You'll take out more student loans than it's worth.
I made that mistake and deeply regret it. And it was for Medical Assistant, too.



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