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Ethics of Medical Assisting

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Medical assistants are valued team members to many physicians and medical specialists. Ensuring these workers uphold high moral and ethical standards is an important factor in developing the trust necessary in this line of work.


Medical assistants should respect their patients and do their best to preserve their dignity. This means respecting their privacy whenever possible. Medical assistants should have a friendly, pleasant personality, and should work to put patients at ease and calm their fears. A medical assistant should also empathize with her patients and show concern for their suffering.


A medical assistant may come in contact with confidential information in the course of her daily routine. She should be careful not to divulge this information to anyone who does not have a reason to know. She should also take care to safeguard a patient's records so that private information is not accidentally seen by someone who should not be allowed to view it.


The code of ethics of the American Association of Medical Assistants requires members of this organization to be loyal to their employer. They also mandate these assistants to accept disciplinary measures and maintain the honor, integrity and professionalism normally associated with the medical profession.

Medical Assistants salary

  • Top 10% Annual Salary: More than $50,580 ($24.32/hour)
  • Median Annual Salary: $35,850 ($17.24/hour)
  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: Less than $26,930 ($12.95/hour)

Misty Amber Brighton has been writing for over 10 years. Her writing has appeared on various websites. She is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and attends South University.