Medical Assistant - Faculty Practice Plan

Howard University

Washington, DC

ID: 7069912
Posted: September 17, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Howard University Mission
Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation
Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information

Under the supervision of the Practice Office Manager/Supervisor, the Medical Assistant assists the Physicians in the care and treatment of patients and is responsible for the maintenance of examination rooms, medical/surgical supplies and equipment.


Involves no responsibility or authority for the direction of others.


External contacts include a variety of third party payers, medical organizations, patients and other healthcare personnel


Prepares patients for medical appointments including obtaining and recording patients’ vital signs.
Prepares instruments and equipment for use in examinations and/or medical/surgical procedures.
Assists Physicians with examinations and medical procedures.
Clean and dress wounds, remove sutures as requested by a Physician.
Observes patients and reports adverse reactions to medication or treatment to medical personnel in charge.
Collect samples, taken by physician for testing, and deliver them to the laboratory.
Cleans, disinfects, and sterilizes materials, instruments, equipment, rooms and supplies.
Inventories and requisitions supplies.
Reviews patient charts for instructions regarding prescriptions, tests, follow-up appointments and/or patient testing procedures.
Schedules patients for follow-up testing procedures.
Obtains pre-certification/authorization for surgical procedures, admissions, etc.
Assist in locating and filing records.
Retrieves lab reports, dictations, x-rays and correspondence. Files and maintains orderly records.
Provides patient education and instruction as directed by the Physician. Makes decisions and judgments on phone calls, answering questions and advising patients with Physician guidelines. Instructs patient in preparation for procedures and in-home care, using instruction sheets when applicable.
Answers telephone, takes messages, and gives routine information in accordance with established procedures.
Maintains knowledge of and complies with established policies and procedures.
Maintains work area in a neat and orderly manner.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of examination, diagnostic and treatment room procedures.
Knowledge of Medical Terminology.
Knowledgeable in the use of CPT and ICD-9 code reference books.
Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to maintain a safe work environment.
Demonstrated skill in oral and written communications as well as ability to speak clearly.
Skill in assisting in a variety of treatments and medications as directed.
Skill in taking vital signs.
Skill in maintaining records and recording test results.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public.
Ability to be detailed oriented, follow established priorities or procedures, and deliver quality customer service.
Ability to use good judgment, make sound decisions and behave with tact, decorum and diplomacy.
Ability to maintain quality control standards.
Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
Ability to read, understand and respond to oral and written instructions.

Associate’s degree in Medical Technology, Nursing or related field or two (2) years related experience in a physician’s office, clinic and/or hospital or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certification or Registration as a Medical Technology also required.