Earn a Digital Badge in Population Health!

The AAMA has launched Population Health Module to empower medical assisting professionals with refined skills and knowledge so they can enhance their ability to improve health outcomes for patients in their community.

This budget-friendly online ​opportunity is available to CMAs (AAMA)®, other medical assistants, and all other health care professionals. Use the Population Health Module digital badge as a declaration that you’re qualified for that pro­motion, salary bump, or job opportunity!

To earn the digital badge, individuals must complete the following six courses and pass a final assessment:

  • Population Health Overview
  • The Impact of Behavioral Health on Population Health
  • Creating Care Management Programs
  • The Expanding Field of Health Coaching: An Ideal Role for Credentialed Medical Assistants
  • Patient Navigators: An Ideal Role for Credentialed Medical Assistants
  • Motivational Interviewing: Understanding the How, What, When, and Why

The courses can be taken together as part of the Population Health Module or individually for AAMA CEU credit. Only those who pass all six cours­es will receive a digital badge upon completion. The program, worth 11 adminis­trative/general/clinical CEUs, will be available via the AAMA e-Learning Center.

(Coming soon.)

Online Submission of Featured AAMA-Approved CE Programs

Ready to submit AAMA-approved CEUs like a CPR card? You can instantly submit documentation for AAMA-approved CEUs via the AAMA website! This feature is the preferred method for uploading CPR cards as well as courses from the free, online FASDs and Smiles for Life programs.

Visit the “AAMA Approved CE Programs” webpage to learn more about those CEU opportunities. Then log on to your AAMA website account and select “Web Uploads” from the left-side menu to quickly and conveniently submit your program completion documentation to receive CEU credit. Simply select the appropriate course from the drop-down menu, upload a file, and submit!

You can see the status of your submitted documentation on that same webpage. Allow 2–3 business days for processing.

Managers Meet Up

The AAMA was present and accounted for at the American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Experience and the Medical Group Management Association annual meetings in September and October.

At the AAMA exhibit booths, your Board of Trustees leaders, the AAMA public relations and marketing manager, and the AAMA CEO and legal counsel vigorously promoted the hiring of CMAs (AAMA) and provided innovative insight on how medical practices can utilize staff to the top of their certification or licensure.

Standout Students

Congratulations to the latest recipients of the Maxine Williams Scholarship:

Petrea Ashmore, CMA (AAMA), graduated in August from University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka, Alaska, and earned her CMA (AAMA) credential in September. Ashmore was drawn to medical assisting for several reasons, including wanting to help people, looking for a stable career to support her family, and enjoying diverse settings. “I feel that this profession, although may be difficult at times, will be very rewarding,” she shares.

Meanwhile Ashmore’s colleagues share reasons patients would enjoy a rewarding experience working with Ashmore. Ashmore is known for being an attentive, thorough, highly qualified individual with excellent communication skills and a generous spirit. A professor eloquently summarizes Ashmore’s contribution to patient care: “She embraces profes­sionalism consistent with the spirit of medical assisting.”

Amy Baron graduated from Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Maine, in August. Her desire to pursue a career as a medical assistant stems from her background in biology and human anatomy education. Baron wants to “make [herself] useful in health care in the community.”

Indeed, Baron is community driven, volunteering much of her time to events that benefit children and nature, despite long commutes. She is characterized by others as dedicated, responsible, intelligent, friendly, and a lifelong learner. Her educator summarizes, “I strongly believe that she will make lasting contributions to the medical assisting field.”

Tara Ramon, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Apollo Adult Education in June and earned her credential in July. She found her calling in medical assisting by taking care of her grandfather, which sparked her passion for serving others.

As a student, Ramon is praised for being bright, professional, engaged, and driven; she “possesses good lead­ership qualities that will surely benefit her in her career path,” according to one of Ramon’s educators. Another col­league shares how Ramon has promise as a medical assistant who can withstand the chaotic, unpredictable health care environment that exists today: “Tara has always been hardworking and resilient. She puts forth her best effort no matter how many obstacles she may encounter.”

Tamaragail Tarrant, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Greenville Technical College in August and earned her CMA (AAMA) credential in September. Tarrant’s passion for medical assisting is driven by her desire to improve the lives of patients, particularly women of color and their children. “I want to make an impact that will improve the overall quality of life within an underserved community in an innovative and compassionate way,” she says.

As a student, Tarrant earned high praise from her program director: “I cannot speak highly enough of Tamaragail’s professionalism and her commitment to serve others with dignity and respect. She … navigates stress­ful situations with empathy and poise.” As an employee, Tarrant is called an integral part of the team in both tangible and intangible ways. “What she does for the patients,” says her supervisor, “is far more than I can measure.”

Milena Thao graduated from Century College in May. Thao’s interest in medical assisting sprouted from her love of helping oth­ers and two, poignant personal experiences with medical assistants. “I want patients to be heard and to feel as though they really do matter,” she says.

During her academic career, Thao’s work ethic and passion for the profession has seen her through obstacles like earn­ing her degree as a first-time mother of a young child. As a student, Thao is praised for being hard working, driven, a helpful classmate, and a local volunteer. “Melina is one of the most professional, conscientious students I know,” writes one educator. “She has a strong commitment to the field of medical assisting.”

On the Web

Survey Says …

Under Medical Assisting/Compensa­tion and Benefits

See how your earnings and benefits stack up against the rest in the 2021 CMA (AAMA) Compensation and Benefits Report, featured in this issue. The website version includes an extended report on compensation and benefits for medical assisting educators.

CMA Today Indexed

Under CMA Today/Archives

Need to find an article, but can’t remem­ber the issue? Use the 2003–2021 CMA Today title/author indexes. Then, search by volume and issue on the “Archives” webpage. Or use the search field (upper-right corner of each webpage).

Take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Practice Exam

Under CMA (AAMA) Exam/Study for the Exam

Students and medical assistants prepar­ing for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam can enhance their readiness by taking the CMA (AAMA) Certification Practice Exam. The practice exam contains 10 prac­tice modules, each with 20 questions, which users can go through twice. Read the CMA (AAMA) Certification Practice Exam FAQs for more information.