Medical Assistant Spotlight

Medical assistants are inspirations!

Every day they touch people’s lives with their extraordinary skills and caring ways. Each issue of CMA Today shines the spotlight on a medical assistant with a unique story.

Here are the latest stories of medical assistants in Spotlight.

Sep/Oct 2018
Proving our place
Medical assisting program coordinator advocates for medical assistants in the Dakotas

Now that they realize there is a lot more that medical assistants can do than they were allowing them to do previously, they started sending me job openings.”

Name: Jo Penning, BS, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assisting program coordinator for National American University (NAU) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In the spotlight: Penning advocated for medical assistants as well as CMAs (AAMA) when the role of medical assistants was called into question. 

Jul/Aug 2018
Lightbulb moments
Cancer diagnosis inspires a career change to medial assisting and reality show pitch

"No matter where I work, interacting with patients and helping them physically as well as mentally by putting them at ease is what I love most."

Name: Angela Giraldo, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assistant at an orthopedic group

In the spotlight: Giraldo decided to become a medical assistant after a cancer diagnosis, and she uses her experience to help patients.

May/Jun 2018
Paps for Peru
Medical assisting students mount health care effort in South America

“It’s something you never forget—knowing how much of a difference you made in such a short amount of time."

Cathy Flores, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Division director of health and human services at Central Piedmont Community College

In the spotlight: Flores traveled with medical assisting and other CPCC students to Peru to help provide Papanicolaou tests to Peruvian women.