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Hi, I would like to know if working as a Medical/physicians Assistant in a doctors office can be used as USCE? or if it is worth anything at all?

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Hi, I would like to know if working as a Medical/physicians Assistant in a doctors office can be used as USCE? or if it is worth anything at all?

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These are two totally different things.

Physician Assistant is a master's level degree that requires a whole different set of certifications. They basically function as midlevel providers, and you need to go to PA school for it, take board exams, etc.

Medical Assistant is an allied health professional who is certified to take vital signs, give medicines, and going through a check list of PMH with the patient. They are NOT providers, and do not do anything with diagnosis. In fact, I think this certification is earnable through a community college.

To be honest, I highly doubt any program is going to care if you are a medical assistant. You will have patient contact, yes, but no doctor will be able to evaluate your diagnostic skills or anything, because you are not going to be doing anything like that. You are just a vital sign taker, and if the nurse is busy, you may get to do a flu shot or something.
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Default It's worth a try I think

I've worked as scribe before (Not much patient contact, worst working hours in ER) , but quit in like 2 months.

Then I became UN-certified (couldn't waste more time to get another degree) medical assistant in a local clinic, and I don't regret doing that at all. Because?
I got matched this year.

It was annoying dealing with 1000 kinds of insurances, crazy phone calls, annoying patients... but I thought it will be great experience for residency.

Why I think it helps compared to research / scribe..etc :

- Close contact with patient (at least you take vitals & draw blood. Depends on your supervisor, though. Our clinic was pretty busy & under-staffed)
- If you're IMG who is new to American system, you'll learn a lot.
(I called patients with imaging and lab reports, pharmacists for Rx, filled out so many forms from insurance company / pharmacy / etc..Also you'll be constantly exposed to doctor's orders, diagnoses, interaction with nurses..)
-You'll get paid! yay (Spent all the money for match & books ..)
- Now I speak confidently thanks to everything I had to do at clinic. As an IMG, I used to be shy and too timid. Now I'm not lol Good experience for junior docs, since you'll be making a lot of calls in the future anyway!
- I learned that there are so many annoying people on earth & you just need to deal with them. Learned how to treat misbehaving patients as well, thanks to my supervisor.

I hope it helps !
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I worked as an MA for a year. It was fun! Huge patient flow, constant interaction with patients/ caregivers, insurance companies, physicians, ER staff. I have learned a lot! Especially EMR-wise. Also my English got much better, cause I had to be front and back MA, which means you basically handle it all :-) The doctor I worked with treated me as a doctor, not an MA, so I had a bunch of experiences out of it. And also a LOR. Pay sucked though.
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