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Working As A Medical Internship

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Internship Do

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. 

Duties

Medical assistants typically do the following:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by the physician and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing some medical assistants’ jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information from paper to electronic records. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses.

Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician’s supervision.

In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.

Administrative medical assistants often fill out insurance forms or code patients’ medical information. They often answer telephones and schedule patient appointments.

Clinical medical assistants have different duties, depending on the state where they work. They may do basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They may have additional responsibilities, such as instructing patients about medication or special diets, preparing patients for x rays, removing stitches, drawing blood, or changing dressings.

Some medical assistants specialize according to the type of medical office where they work. The following are examples of specialized medical assistants:

Ophthalmic medical assistants and optometric assistants help ophthalmologists and optometrists, respectively, provide eye care. They show patients how to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses. Ophthalmic medical assistants also may help an ophthalmologist in surgery.

Podiatric medical assistants work closely with podiatrists (foot doctors). They may make castings of feet, expose and develop x rays, and help podiatrists in surgery.

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How To Become A Medical Internship

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.

Education

Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

Training

Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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Average Length of Employment
Medical Specialist 4.2 years
MD 3.4 years
Medical Assistant 3.0 years
Medical Clerk 2.7 years
Medical Internship 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Medical Internship
Internship 13.1%
Cashier 12.7%
Volunteer 9.5%
Server 2.1%
Assistant 1.8%
Top Careers After Medical Internship
Internship 12.1%
Volunteer 7.6%
Cashier 6.9%
Physician 3.2%
Assistant 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$45,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Baptist Health South Florida
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
0.6 years
How much does a Medical Internship make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Internship in the United States is $45,418 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

Real Medical Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Intern Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 17, 2014 $57,988
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 06, 2016 $56,000
Medical Intern Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 27, 2011 $55,736
Medical Intern Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 01, 2011 $55,736
Medical Intern Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 01, 2010 $54,643
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 05, 2015 $54,600
Medical Intern (PGY 1), Internal Medicine Crozer Keystone Health System, Crozer-Chester Medi Upland, PA Jun 01, 2013 $53,830
Medical Intern (PGY 1), Internal Medicine Crozer Keystone Health System, Crozer-Chester Medi Upland, PA Jun 10, 2013 $53,830
Medical Intern (PGY 1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 01, 2014 $53,300
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Crozer Keystone Health System, Crozer-Chester Medi Upland, PA Jun 01, 2011 $52,764
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Crozer Keystone Health System, Crozer-Chester Medi Upland, PA Jul 01, 2011 $52,764
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Crozer Keystone Health System, Crozer-Chester Medi Upland, PA Jun 19, 2011 $52,764
Medical Intern (PGY 1), Internal Medicine Crozer Keystone Health System, Crozer-Chester Medi Upland, PA Jun 01, 2012 $52,764
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 01, 2012 $51,000
Medical Intern (PGY 1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 18, 2012 $51,000
Medical Intern (PGY 1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 01, 2012 $51,000
Medical Intern (Pgy1), Internal Medicine Abington Memorial Hospital Abington, PA Jun 01, 2011 $50,500

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Top Skills for A Medical Internship

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Records
  3. Surgical Procedures
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  • Documented all relevant findings and information related to patient care including assisting in preparation of discharge summaries.
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  • Performed specific medical and surgical procedures under experienced physicians.
  • Rotated in Internal Medicine and General Surgery
  • Research accounts receivable and consult with insurance companies regarding patient claim information.

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Top 10 Best States for Medical Interns

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey
  4. Connecticut
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Vermont
  7. Alaska
  8. New York
  9. Washington
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Medical Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

61.3%

Male

21.4%

Unknown

17.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.0%

French

9.7%

Chinese

5.1%

Hindi

4.6%

Mandarin

4.3%

Arabic

2.5%

Russian

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Cantonese

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

German

1.7%

Tagalog

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Gujarati

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Korean

1.1%

Polish

1.0%

Marathi

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Medical Internship Education

Schools

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

10.8%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

Everest Institute

7.5%

Bryant and Stratton College

6.3%

Kaplan University

5.9%

Ross Medical Education Center

5.9%

New York University

5.7%

University of California - Davis

5.6%

ECPI University

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Baker College

4.0%

Virginia College - Birmingham

3.7%

West Coast Ultrasound Institute

3.6%

Temple University

3.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.5%

University of the Sciences

3.4%

George Washington University

3.4%

Florida International University

3.4%

Brightwood College

3.4%

Concorde Career College

3.4%
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Majors

Health Care Administration

29.9%

Medical Assisting Services

9.6%

Nursing

9.0%

Medicine

7.1%

Biology

6.9%

Business

6.4%

Medical Technician

5.7%

Public Health

4.7%

Psychology

2.9%

Pharmacy

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Insurance

1.7%

Biomedical Engineering

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Veterinary Science

1.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.4%

Social Work

1.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.3%

Kinesiology

1.2%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

27.8%

Other

18.3%

Masters

16.5%

Associate

16.2%

Doctorate

7.1%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

6.9%

License

0.2%
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