River run

Hundreds of medical assistants from across the country arrived to spend time “Learning on the River” at the AAMA 61st Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. More than 675 attendees enjoyed constant comradery while learning a boatload. Many thanks to the Annual Conference Education Committee and the members of the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants for helping the event go swimmingly!

House highlights

The House of Delegates elected the following officers and trustees:

Vice President

Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA)

Franky Favata, CMA (AAMA), BS
Mary Gambrell, CMA (AAMA)
Virginia Thomas, CMA (AAMA)

Passing the torch

At the Presidents Luncheon, 2016–2017 AAMA President Julie Flaatten, CMA (AAMA), RN, EMT, congratulated incoming AAMA President Lisa Lee, CMA (AAMA). The AAMA extends its appreciation to Past President Flaatten for her excellent leadership and wishes the best to President Lee as she leads the association through the coming year!

Supporting the profession

Conference attendees gave generously to the Endowment funds:
Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund: $2,890
Ivy Reade Relkin Surveyor Training Fund: $2,630

Recognizing EXCEL-lence

See the list of 2017 Excel Award winners at the end of this issue. Go to News & Events/Conference on the AAMA website to download the list and read the winning essay!

Three cheers

Volunteers from the North and South Carolina societies once again delighted the conference crowd with the 2017 CMA (AAMA) Knowledge Bowl. Attendees competed in teams to test their medical assisting expertise in one of the most popular events of the conference.

Bylaws amended

The House of Delegates amended the AAMA Bylaws to make options for student membership more flexible. The student membership category will be extended to all medical assisting students, not just those from accredited programs. In addition, student members will have an option to choose a one-year membership term, a second one-year term (with conditions), or a two-year term.

For details see Article VI, Section 2, F in the 2017–2018 AAMA Bylaws on the Downloads page of the AAMA website.

Best in showcase

Visitors to the Publishers Showcase discovered the latest developments in the world of health care literature and technology. The AAMA thanks all the 2017 exhibitors:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital
  • American Cancer Society
  • Cengage Learning Inc.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CoverMyMeds
  • Damsel in Defense
  • Elsevier
  • Excelsior College
  • F.A. Davis
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Infusion Knowledge Inc.
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Platinum Educational Group
  • Simtics
  • Stratice Healthcare
  • TriHealth
  • UC Health
  • University of Nevada, Reno/Mountain Plains FASD PIC
  • Wolters Kluwer


The AAMA received a digital applause for its new conference app. Nearly 70 percent of the 675 attendees downloaded the app, and that group combined for almost 10,000 user contributions during their time in Cincinnati.

(Data based on app usage reports and responses to the AAMA Annual Conference Evaluation.)