Implementation of a Training and Structured Skills Assessment Program for Medical Assistants in a Primary Care Setting

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Abstract

As part of ongoing efforts to improve quality of care through clinical education of our medical assisting staff, we developed a competency-based training and assessment program. At the time of program implementation, we assessed clinical skills of 111 certified medical assistants and found that 10% were unable to accurately measure blood pressure, 9% were unable to correctly perform an intradermal injection, and 48% were unable to correctly draw specified volumes into syringes. More than 10 years after program implementation, we continue to detect and remediate clinical skills in newly hired employees. This case study report describes the evolution of the program and assessment findings.

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