MA - Opinions please

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  1. Hi guys,

    I'm looking at joining as a Medical Assistant, and have my presentation on the 26th of this month.

    I've used the search tool to look throw at numerous threads on this topic, but the common trend that I've noticed is that a lot of them date back to 2009. Whilst there are loads of great bits of advice and opinions on them, I'd be grateful if anyone who is a serving MA would be willing to share their thoughts and opinions on the role with me.

    Ta in advance.

  2. Most MA's are raving porkers.
    If you gain advice from them be very careful as the sickbay's are known throughout the fleet as second only to hairdresser's as gay play rooms.(Mustav ****)
  3. Is that why you're often in there then?!

  4. I'm currently in the application process for MA and the only advice I can give so far is prepare well for you Recruit Test. According to Ninja_Stocker (one of the most credible sources on this site) It is a hard mark to pass. Around 60% every area is the figure he gave me.

    Best of Luck.
  5. Brilliant - thanks. Is there any information that you've got that you're able to share with me at all? All I've got is from the RN careers website and what I've gleaned from here. What's sort of concerned me is that in some of the threads it's mentioned that the MA role is going towards an administrative position. I've no qualms with paperwork (all my work in my life has had realms of the stuff), but I'd like to think I'll have a realistic chance of practising medicine!

  6. Fixed that for you...
  7. /Pedant mode on

    If you want to practice medicine, then you will need to go to University and obtain a medical degree. If you want to be a medic and obtain a basic skill in patient assessment and treatment (akin to a paramedic with a few add-ons) then crack on and apply for MA entry. There is a number of MAs who think they are, or think they know better than, doctors. They are usually so unaware of their own inadequacies that this myth perpetuates throughout their career.

    /Pedant mode off.
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Spot on.

    In defence of the Medical Assistant, particularly working in the basic patient assessment and treatment (primary health-care) role, you can draw similar parallels to civilian practice nurses and indeed triage and treatment staff at civilian NHS drop-in centres where the MA may have to work without "top cover" from a doctor immediately available, often in less than ideal or even dangerous conditions and sometimes making lifesaving decisions and/or actions akin to a paramedic. Responsibility indeed or someone possibly not even in possession of a GCSE let alone a vocational degree.

    Needless to say there is very much an administrative role, so it's certainly not blood, guts, snot and "500ml of saline, stat" every moment of the day.

    Service Medical Officers (Doctors) serving afloat and operationally are very often specialist surgeons and anaesthetists and it always amuses me when a patient may think that their condition is so serious that it warrants the attention of a qualified doctor. To be fair, a medical officer may not always be current with the general practitioner role.

    On more than one occasion I've had an insider experience or two where a medical assistant has assessed and treated a patient only for the patient to insist he is seen by the qualified doctor. The doctor obligingly carries out his/her assessment, consults with the person who does this job every day (the MA) and endorses the course of action. There are admittedly occasions when the MA may get it wrong or mistakenly assume the persona of a higher qualified individual, but then again Harold Shipman didn't to doctors any favours either. ^_~
  9. Thanks for your replies so far, they've all been really useful.

    I'm looking for a role that will give me plenty of experience in patient assessment and treatment (as described in an earlier post), so it does sound that I have my sights set on the right position. I'm certainly not under the impression that I'll be spending all my time running around inserting empty Biro's into windpipes, and have no desire to become a doctor, so that's all ok in that sector.

    My initial goal was to become a paramedic, but since late last year I've been re-assessing this, and have decided that I'd rather now give serving in the Navy a try - I'm 25 and have wanted to do this for a very long time, but due to various circumstances I haven't been in a position to follow this through - and now that I've got nothing holding me to one area I figured that I'm not getting any younger, so rather thank thinking of doing it the time had come to actually do it!

    My concern, and I believe that this has been addressed, is that I was looking at a role where my pure existence was to stock take and not actually be involved in any medical practise. Before I get people shouting 'you'll have to do stock takes/paperwork/make cups of tea!', I'm fully aware that this will be one of my responsibilities, and I have no issues with this, as long as it's not my only responsibility!

    Once again, thank you for the time you've all taken to reply to me, the information so far has been extremely useful and encouraging. If there are any further words of wisdom or similar that you are able to share, I will be as always very grateful.

  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Just learn the following phrase off by heart, practice uttering it whilst opening a one kilogramme tub of paracetemol, wearing socks with sandals...and with a Mr McKay twitch (from Porridge) as you raise the inflection at the end of the statement:

    "Take two of these with water after each meal. If it's no better by a week today, come back".
  11. Haha, is it best to also look to schedule a follow up visit on the day I'm not working?!
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    As long as it's not a saturday or sunday, then most certainly pop into your AFCO to ask any questions you may wish & perhaps watch the branch DVD. The tip is to call in early as they tend to get busier towards lunchtime onwards. Friday afternoons in a big AFCO are not dissimilar to an inner city A&E department on a saturday night/sunday morning.
  13. Don`t forget to add for Stokers " get plenty of fresh air and Shower daily " and you will never see them again

    always worked for me ;P
  14. Nice to see that he impressed you so much that you take the time and effort to get his Username right.:roll:
  15. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Funnily enough Evil Adj refers to me as "Stroker", but probably best not to mention that habit just now. :glasses8:
  16. I'm due at AFCO for the initial presentation in a couple of weeks, so I'll be sure to go armed with a list of questions. I'm assuming dress code is suited and booted for the presentation. That's how I'm planning to go anyway unless someone advises me it's best to go dressed otherwise?


  17. I can see im going to fit right into my new career :D ;)
  18. Personally I always dress smart when I go into the AFCO. Never hurts to look smart and make a good impression.

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