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.
2016 Salary Information for Medical Assistants
Medical assistants earned a median annual salary of $31,540 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, medical assistants earned a 25th percentile salary of $26,860, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $37,760, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 634,400 people were employed in the U.S. as medical assistants.