A Day in the Life: Get the Inside Scoop on Working in Allied Health from AZ College Grads

Categories: Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend your days as a Health Information Specialist? Maybe it’s Massage Therapy that interests you? From Medical Assisting to Phlebotomy, there’s never been a more fascinating time to consider pursuing a career in healthcare. Maybe you’ve even considered working in the medical field before, but weren’t quite sure what program would be right for you? To help you learn more, and to continue connecting our community of students and alumni, Arizona College is excited to launch a new content series, A Day in the Life, bringing you an insider’s perspective on careers and job paths available through our programs in allied health, directly from former Arizona College graduates. We’ve connected with recent graduates to find out what they’ve done with their training, and what a typical day looks like in each of their chosen fields. Read first-person accounts for all the details…

Medical Assisting Tips: Methods for Minimizing Injection Pain

Categories: Medical Assisting

  For allied health professionals working in the field of Medical Assisting, an important part of the job is working around the fact that most people don’t typically enjoy receiving shots. It is not uncommon for patients, both young and old, to be uncomfortable around needles, leading to a fear of receiving medications via injections or having blood drawn for testing. When giving an injection, Medical Assistants can follow a few simple steps to minimize a patient’s pain and discomfort during the injection process. • Talk to the patient to help them relax. If the patient is tense, their muscles will be difficult to penetrate and will cause the injection to hurt more than it would if the patient’s muscles were relaxed. • Always avoid injections in areas that are sensitive or have hardened tissues, as this is likely to cause the patient pain. • In the case that a…

The Benefits of Hiring Medical Assistants

Categories: Medical Assisting

Whether you are a recruiter for a clinic or a doctor in need of a few more hands on deck in your office, there are many benefits of adding Medical Assistants to your staff. Medical Assistants are trained to help physicians in various clinical and administrative tasks. Day-to-day responsibilities of a Medical Assistant can vary from administrative work to diagnostic screening to assisting doctors during medical procedures. For many physicians, one of the most significant benefits of adding Medical Assistants to the team is the reduction in workload. A Medical Assistant can handle routine rounds, tests, and administrative work, allowing physicians to focus on complicated cases and situations that require their undivided attention. Another benefit of hiring Medical Assistants is that they are trained to be flexible and assist in a wide variety of tasks. Along with administrative work like distributing and collecting insurance and health forms, Medical Assistants can…

Team of Physicians for Students

Categories: Medical Assisting

Team of Physicians for Students, or TOPS, was founded in 1998 by osteopathic physician Dr. Paul Steingard, D.O., a family physician and sports medicine specialist from Phoenix. Dr. Steingard recognized a strong need for young athletes to be screened and provided with free physicals to help save lives and avoid sudden cardiac arrest and death from medical conditions. Dr. Steingard partnered with the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association for financial and administrative support and they have remained one of the event’s primary sponsors to this day. Many of the osteopathic physicians and medical providers who began with TOPS more than 10 years ago continue to participate in screenings. Along with vision testing, BP checks, and an oral exam, the screenings include free EKGs and echo cardiograms to detect potential heart problems. Dr. Steingard says, “If we save one life or help one child have a healthier future, we will have succeeded…

Patient Interview Tips

Categories: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting

When working in the healthcare field, it is crucial for allied health professionals to acquire interview techniques that encourage optimal communication between themselves and the patient. The next time you are in a situation where you are interviewing a patient, keep these helpful interview tips in mind: Whether you’re a Medical Assistant or a Massage Therapist, it helps to establish a rapport with the patient – while always remaining professional and confident. Getting to know your patients on a personal level may help make your patient more comfortable, which will help them fully and honestly answer your questions, even if they are not easy questions to answer. During the interview, show compassion and concern and build an atmosphere of trust. Be truthful and genuine, as well as empathic. Listen to your patient and pay attention to nonverbal cues – these may give clues about things they are not saying. It…