Established in 1955, the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) continues to be the premier organization dedicated to serving the interests of medical assistants. In fact, it is the only association in the world devoted exclusively to the medical assisting profession.
State and Local Affiliates | The AAMA is a trilevel organization comprising national, state, and local levels. The national association maintains the Executive Office in Chicago. State societies are chartered by and affiliated with the national association. Local chapters are chartered by and directly affiliated with their state society.
House of Delegates | The governing body of the AAMA is the House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD convenes each year at the AAMA Annual Conference and comprises:
- Members of the Board of Trustees (BOT)
- AAMA past presidents
- Delegates from each of the constituent state societies
The HOD is responsible for the following:
- Determines the policies of the AAMA
- Amends AAMA Bylaws
- Conducts the election of officers and trustees
- Acts upon any proposals brought forth
The Board of Trustees reviews resolutions to be submitted to the House of Delegates.
Board of Trustees | The BOT is composed of the following:
- Vice President
- Speaker of the House
- Vice Speaker of the House
- Immediate Past President
- Up to seven Trustees
The BOT is responsible for the following:
- Oversees the financial affairs of the association
- Conducts the business of the AAMA between annual meetings of the House
- Appoints members to boards, strategy teams, task forces, and committees
The work of the BOT is guided by the AAMA Strategic Issues Plan, the blueprint of the future of the association.
The AAMA also has two educational boards.
Certifying Board | The CB is responsible for the following:
- Prepares, administers, and evaluates examinations for certification and recertification
- Certifies/recertifies successful candidates
Continuing Education Board | The CEB administers the continuing education program, which includes:
- Continuing education articles
- Conference educational sessions
- Self-study products
The American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that provides funding for medical assisting education:
The Medical Assisting Education Review Board | The MAERB, an autonomous unit within the Endowment, evaluates medical assisting programs according to Standards adopted by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).