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I am a female sophomore in a 4 year university, getting my bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies so I can work as a Child Life Specialist when I graduate. I used to be a pre-med student but because I couldn’t afford the extra courses, I changed my mind. I am trying to manage my whole undergraduate study in grants and scholarships only because I don’t want to graduate with debt.

I wanted to become a doctor and specialize as a gynecologist because I have seen a lot of women that come from conservative backgrounds and are not comfortable with male doctors doing the tests and stuff…You know, they have to look at the private parts so they can provide the best treatment and medication possible. But I hate debts! And I don’t come from a wealthy family so the only way I can afford medical school is by taking student loans, which I completely want to avoid. I also don’t want to go to 4 years of schooling, 3 or more years of residency and have a huge debt on my head.

I know that PA school is about 2 years and even then I’ll have to take student loans. But I can become a medical assistant by getting a certification or a 2 year degree from a community college, which I think will be a lot cheaper so I can afford it and complete without any debt later.

But can medical assistants (in a gynecologist’s office) do all the private stuff (like looking at the private parts of the female patients) in addition to it’s regular job of office billing and coding, etc? So that the women of conservative backgrounds can feel more comfortable, since I am a female, and still get the correct treatments and medications.

Also, do you know any other health care certifications/degrees that I can get from a community college for a cheaper cost that can help me do this job (Dealing with women’s private parts to maintain their comfort)?

lol, it sounds very pervy but seriously I just want to help them!

I seriously need honest answers please! Thank you! 🙂

4 Thoughts on I want to become a medical assistant to help women from conservative backgrounds. Advice needed please!?
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    February 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Medical assistants aren’t providers. They are clerical/administrative staff and have very little (if anything) to do with direct patient care. Possibly taking basic vitals – but this is not a clinical position by any means. Debt is a non-issue if you complete your medical degree and residency, nor is it unmanageable on a PA’s salary due to the high incomes associated with these professions. Few students can afford to pay cash out of pocket for four years of medical school or PA school. Some debt is de rigeur for medical students.

    I think you’re pretty misinformed about this whole thing. It is not as if there is a shortage of OBGYNs or you would be the first ever to enter this specialty. Many men do not enter the field for the same reasons. Avoiding higher education, especially education that virtually guarantees a higher income, because you’re “afraid of debt” is a bit silly. These are professional degrees which train you for a specific job.

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    February 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    sorry u need to do more research about what
    medical assistants do.

    plenty of books on how to pay for college,
    see librarys.

    conservative women do and have been seen by
    male docs for decades.

    do some more homework on your career.

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    February 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Your writing skills prove that you aren’t stupid, but the arguements you bring up combat that fact. You are scared of temporary debt, so you refuse to become successful to the point where debt would be non existent for you. I am almost tempted to call troll on this one. There is no way you could have done research so in depht, and wouldnt know medical assistants arent capable of even slightly performing ob/gyn procedures.

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    Simpson G
    February 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    It’s amazing that this is so well written from an English standpoint, but that the ideas behind it are very very very immature and naive.

    There aren’t “extra courses” in PreMed unless you take a major that’s outside of the core requirements.

    It’s just stunning to me that you would put your dream in the trashcan because you “hate debts”. How do you expect to go through life in the US without debt? Mortgages, car payments, insurance, etc.

    You are obsessed with the debt notion, to an unhealthy degree. Like to the point that you should discuss this with a therapist/psychiatrist. I agree with you that you shouldn’t go into stupid debt (I want this 70″ TV but can’t afford it), but debt for your future? Debt that you WILL be able to pay off? That’s a no-brainer. As long as you keep your debt under your intended income, it’s fine.

    An MA is not looking at “private parts”. MA checks the patient in, does the vitals, and does a basic history. The Physician or PA/NP does the exam.

    It doesn’t seem pervy to want to be an OB/GYN. It’s really immature to even say that people in the medical profession would think that.

    There are very few women who like going to the OB/GYN, so saying that this is limited to ‘conservative backgrounds’ is just weird. So is your use of “private parts”.

    If you want to do concierge medicine that goes into religious cults/orders with cloistered women who are taught to be ashamed of their “private parts”, then you will need to be an MD/DO. Otherwise, you set up an office and they come to you. You can market to these types of people, but most are so controlled by their husbands/fathers/religious leaders that your marketing won’t really get through, especially if you aren’t part of their group.

    The only other thing that I can think of that would even remotely deal with this is to get an MSW and focus on deprogramming of people from groups like this.

    Or, maybe a Medical Anthropology degree where you do the research to set up new guidelines to make women more comfortable in an OB/GYN office.

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