Podiatric Medical Assistant
A podiatric medical assistant is a medical assistant who specialized in the field of podiatry, a branch of medicine that focuses on the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Medical assistant’s perform the routine activities for a physician in order to keep the medical office running smoothly. Duties of a podiatric medical assistant vary greatly depending on position and certification, but commonly include a mixture of administrative duties, clinical duties, and assisting the physician in minor in office surgeries.
The podiatric medical assistant’s duties include keeping record of the patients medical history, vitals, past medical and surgical history, and list of up to date medications through the EMR system at each appointment. The medical assistant is responsible for inputting this information and updating it accordingly at each visit. Other duties include explaining treatment and procedures to the patient and answering any questions the patient may have. Hands on assistance will include helping elderly patients take off and put on their shoes and move around the exam area. The podiatric medical assistant will assist the physician by preparing the work area for a procedure or routine exams, bandaging the patients feet, clipping toenails, and assisting in wound care. They will also be responsible for dispensing and fitting durable medical equipment as well as materials sold at the office. Assistance are required to take X-rays of patients lower legs, ankle, feet after completion of their X-ray Certification Exam reflecting a passing score. The assistant will ensure that all supplies are ready and available for all clinical procedures, prepare and have ready consent forms for any/all procedures, and that the consent form is reviewed with the patient and that the patients signature is obtained. The assistant will witness the consent form. The assistant will also help with diabetic foot exams: review policies, obtain proper size of foot, help with ordering diabetic shoes and insoles, heat mold insoles to form to the patients foot if necessary. The assistant will assist in noninvasive peripheral arterial exams as ordered. The assistant is responsible for the distribution and explanation of medication information, samples, refills and proper distribution of information. The assistant will assist in a share of weekly calls to patient checking in on care, their progress, and needs.
Administrative and Clerical Duties:
At times there will be a need for the podiatric assistant to assist in answering telephones, scheduling, rescheduling, and cancelling appointments. For diabetic and peripheral vascular patients receiving foot care, it is imperative that the PCP and last seen date is updated, confirmed, and documented at each visit. The podiatric medical assistant’s responsibilities may include ordering, sorting, and storing supplies and restocking exam rooms. Other tasks are likely to involve cleaning the exam areas, setting up instruments and equipment and using the sterilizer according to the maintenance schedule. Some assistants are responsible for greeting patients, managing schedules and phone calls on behalf of patients, performing data entry, completing pre-operative examination paperwork. Again, all EMR prompts will be completed at each visit: chief complaint, history of present illness, medical history, medications, vitals, height, weight, social history, review of systems, hospitalizations and documentation of changes between visits.
- Knowledge of medical receptionist check in/check out protocol.
- Knowledge of computer programs.
- Knowledge of business office procedures.
- Ability to operate a computer and basic office equipment.
- Ability to operate a multi-line telephone system.
- Skill in answering a telephone in a pleasant and helpful manner.
- Ability to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, employees and the public.
- Communicate with other health care professionals in a respectful and kind manner that is helpful to the patient.
- Must be well organized and detail oriented.
- Must be familiar and adhere to HIPPA compliance regulations.
- Paid Holidays
- Opportunity for 401K
- Monday to Friday
Job Type: Full Time
- EMR systems: 1 year (Preferred)
- Vital signs: 1 year (Preferred)
- BLS Certification (Preferred)
- Certified Medical Assistant (Required)