Surgical Medical Assistant Specialization

Training, Qualifications and More

What is a Surgical Medical Assistant?

Surgical medical assistants, often referred to as surgical technologists or surgical techs, are healthcare professionals who play a crucial role in the operating room (OR) during surgical procedures. Their primary responsibilities include assisting surgeons and other members of the surgical team before, during, and after surgery.

Here are some of the key duties and functions of a surgical medical assistant:

●  Preparing the OR and instruments

●  Helping position and drape the patient

●  Assisting the surgical team during procedures

●  Maintaining sterile conditions

●  Aiding in postoperative care

●  Maintaining and sterilizing equipment

●  Keeping surgical records

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What is the Salary for a Surgical Tech?

The salary for a surgical technologist can vary depending on factors such as location, experience, and the specific healthcare facility. However, the median annual salary for surgical techs in the United States was found to be at $56,000.00, but it could be higher or lower in different regions and healthcare settings.

See below for the average salary of surgical techs by U.S regions:

Surgical Technologist Average Salaries by U.S. Regions (2022)

How Do I Become a Surgical Medical Assistant?

In the pursuit of a career as a surgical medical assistant, it’s important to follow a structured path. The following lists detail the key steps to begin the process of this rewarding journey, including educational requirements and practical considerations.

1. Obtain a high school diploma or GED

2. Enroll in an accredited medical assisting program with a surgical focus

3. Consider obtaining CMA, RMA, or CST certification for better job prospects

4. Gain practical experience through an internship or externship

5. Look for job openings in healthcare facilities that require surgical medical assistants

6. Create a professional resume and be ready for job interviews

7. Check if your state requires a specific license for surgical assisting

8. Stay updated with relevant courses and workshops

9. Build professional relationships and consider career advancement opportunities in the field

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