A medical assistant is a person trained to assist medical professionals.
Or, a person who, under the direction of a physician, performs various routine administrative
and nontechnical clinical tasks in a hospital, clinic, or similar facility.
A medical assistant works under the direct supervision of a physician, psychologist, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical specialist, and side-by-side with various other medical office staff. They provide direct patient care ONLY in the presence of the doctor, nurse, or physician assistant under whom they work. While their duties often vary greatly their main role is to complement the work of the practitioner, assist with various clinical and administrative medical office routines as assigned, and keep the flow of the facility running smoothly and efficient.