See yourself in CMA Today

Appearing in your professional publication helps you in more ways than one: It enhances your résumé, gives you added prestige in the eyes of employers, and even nets you bragging rights around the office. If you are a CMA (AAMA) and a member, take advantage of the opportunity to appear in a future issue of CMA Today:

  • Call for interviewees. You don’t have to be an expert in a particular topic to be interviewed for a CMA Today article; you just need to offer your perspective as a medical assistant.
  • Call for Spotlight profiles. Do you have a story to tell? Perhaps you’ve taken on an interesting professional role or helped make a difference in the life of a patient or transformed your workplace in some way. Let us know!

Complete and submit the online forms under the CMA Today menu item.

Remember to renew!

Renew your AAMA membership by December 31, 2018, to keep reaping all the benefits:

  • CMA Today. Continue to receive a complimentary subscription to CMA Today in the mail and access the articles online.
  • Discounts that count. Receive discounts on continuing education self-study courses and e-Learning Center courses.
  • Certifiable savings. Save $65 (continuing education) to $125 (re-examination) when recertifying your CMA (AAMA) credential.
  • Transcript. As a member, your AAMA CEUs are registered and accessible online daily.
  • Professional protection. Your membership dues dollars help AAMA in-house counsel protect your right to practice.
  • Status symbol. Enhance professional credibility to peers and employers by affiliation with the AAMA.

Renew instantly on the AAMA website. Sign in and click the “Renew My Membership” link from the left-side menu on the “My Account” page.

Plan ahead—if you are hoping to serve as a delegate or alternate for your state society to the AAMA House of Delegates, be sure to pay your dues well ahead of the December 31 deadline, so that the AAMA is able to report your active status to your state.

Keep an eye on Legal Eye

Health care law changes quickly, but AAMA Legal Counsel and CEO Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, keeps his eye on the matters affecting the profession and the CMA (AAMA) credential. If you haven’t checked in on Legal Eye lately, here’s what you’ve been missing:

Keep checking back, and remember to subscribe!

Scholarship road

A recipient of last year’s prestigious Maxine Williams Scholarship shared her journey as a newly minted medical assistant:

Chantel Lehmann, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota, in December 2017 and passed the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination in the same month. Since then, Lehmann has happily settled into a position as a medical assistant in a clinic setting. This role has given her an opportunity to spread awareness and advocate for women’s health. “I just began working with a midwife recently, which I am excited about,” she says. “I am going to help promote women’s health with the midwife, which is much needed in a small town.”

Lehmann has tackled the transition to the workplace head on. “One of the biggest struggles was putting what I had learned in school into the real world, like all the different medication names and uses. Over time it has gotten better with practice.” Valuable workplace experiences and persistence help her continue to grow as a medical assistant.

Even with her studies and certification now behind her, Lehmann continues to learn every day. “I have learned people truly appreciate honesty and [when you have their] best interest in helping them [in mind],” she says. The Maxine Williams Scholarship helped lay the foundation for a bright future in Lehmann’s career, which she embraces readily. “I’m excited for what the future brings my way in the medical field.”

Get your MARWeek materials

Medical Assistants Recognition Week will be held October 15–19, 2018. Order your MARWeek packets online, and receive the following items:

  • Observance suggestions. Become inspired in various, creative ways to observe MARWeek and make recognition of medical assistants a high priority year-round.
  • Feature article. Read what several grateful providers, practice managers, and patients have to say about the CMAs (AAMA) in their lives.
  • Poster. Display this colorful poster in the office, classroom, and community.
  • Small gift item. This complimentary MARWeek magnet doubles as a picture frame when you pop out the middle!