Passing the Torch

At the 66th AAMA Annual Conference Presidents Banquet, 2021–2022 AAMA President Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), CPC, congratulated incoming AAMA President Deborah Novak, CMA (AAMA). The AAMA extends its appreciation to Past President Licurs for her excellent leadership and wishes the best to President Novak as she leads the association through the coming year! 

Recertification Policy Change for First-Time Certificants

CMAs (AAMA)® recertifying for the first time may apply a maximum of 20 recertification points (AAMA-approved points or non-AAMA-approved points) earned in the three months prior to initial certification toward recertification.

Reference the CMA (AAMA) Recertification by Continuing Education Application for the requirements that points must follow to qualify for non-AAMA-approved points.

This policy change applies to only CMAs (AAMA) recertifying for the first time. It does not apply to those CMAs (AAMA) who have recertified previously.

Other recertification policies—such as 30 of the 60 recertification points being from AAMA CEUs and at least 10 certification points being from each of the general, administrative, and clinical categories—remain in effect.

Bylaws Amendment

The House adopted one bylaws amendment: 22-01. For details on this adopted amendment, including its rationale, review the 2022 Delegates Packet available via the “Member Downloads” webpage of the AAMA website (sign in required)

Ready, Set, Go! Free CEU Course Available

Do your New Year’s resolutions include recertifying via continuing education? Start the year strong by visiting the AAMA e-Learning Center to take a free new course, Research Ready—worth 1 general CEU.

Developed by the Louisiana Public Health Institute, this course covers the basic tenets of research, research integrity, the research process, and more! Research Ready is available and free online until November 30, 2023.  


Volunteers from the North and South Carolina societies once again delighted the conference crowd with the 2022 CMA (AAMA)® Knowledge Bowl. Attendees competed in teams to test their medical assisting expertise in one of the most popular events of the conference. 

House Highlights

The House of Delegates elected and reelected officers and trustees. Meet your 2022–2023 Board of Trustees:


Deborah Novak, CMA (AAMA)

Vice President

Monica Case, CMA (AAMA)


Virginia Thomas, CMA (AAMA)

Immediate Past President

Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), CPC

Speaker of the House

Aimee Wicker, CMA (AAMA), PCMH CCE

Vice Speaker of the House

Sherry Bogar, CN-BC, CMA (AAMA)


Natasha Geno, ATS, CMA (AAMA)

Shelley Gingrich, CMA (AAMA)

Claire Houghton, CMA (AAMA)

Candy Miller, CMA (AAMA)

Pamela Neu, MBA, CMA (AAMA)

Jane Seelig, CMA-A (AAMA)

Sandra Williams, CMA (AAMA) 

Supporting the Profession

Conference attendees gave generously to the Endowment funds:

Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund


Ivy Reade Relkin Surveyor Training Fund


A Sunny Success

Hundreds of medical assistants from coast to coast dove into new educational possibilities at the 66th AAMA Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Almost 800 people connected with their peers and furthered their knowledge as medical assistants.

Many thanks to the Annual Conference Education Committee, the members of the South Carolina Society of Medical Assistants, and the 2021–2022 Annual Conference Committee for creating an event with everything under the sun for medical assisting professionals.

The AAMA congratulates all the Excel Award winners who took home awards from the conference. You go above and beyond to positively represent the AAMA and the medical assisting profession, and your recognition is well-earned!  

Going Hall Out

Visitors to the Exhibitors Hall discovered the latest in educational materials, technology, and more. The AAMA thanks all the 2022 exhibitors:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
  • Ameenah’s Bath Boutique
  • Cengage Group
  • Center for Phlebotomy Education
  • dōTERRA Essential Oils
  • Elite Integrated Therapy Centers
  • Elsevier
  • Everside Health
  • Excelsior University
  • F.A. Davis
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Jordan Essentials
  • Lacey Llama Creations
  • Mary Kay
  • McGraw Hill
  • Nadine’s Collectibles
  • Platinum Educational Group
  • Optum
  • Trajecsys
  • UNC Health
  • University of Nevada, Reno/ Medical Assistant FASD Practice Improvement Collaborative

AAMA Conference 2023

Join us next year in Lake Buena Vista, Florida:

September 2225, 2023 

On the Web

Reports from the CEO

Under News & Events/Reports from the CEO

Access excerpts from past reports of AAMA CEO and Legal Counsel Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, to the House of Delegates.

Save the Dates

Under Calendar

Find dates for upcoming board meetings, annual conferences, and MARWeek in the AAMA calendar.