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New Mexico New Mexico Medical Assistants The guiding principle may be found on the New Mexico Medical Board web site, under Governing Statute and Rules, in the Medical Practice Act, NMSA 1978, § 61-6-17(I). A New Mexico licensed physician may delegate use of certain devices and procedures to medical assistants. The medical assistant is limited to using medical therapeutic and cosmetic devices, that are non-invasive and non-ablative. The medical assistant MUST be certified to use the specific devices and the delegating physician shall remain responsible for the medical acts of the person performing the medical act. “Direct supervision” means a physician must be present in the office at the time the medical act is being performed by the properly trained assistant or technician.
South Dakota The South Dakota Medical Board has set their standards especially high by requiring all medical assistants employed within their state to be registered through the state. This process is stringent and also involves a thorough background check. California medical assistants who draw blood samples for analysis must be certified.