Featured 2019 conference session materials

Thank you to the North Carolina Society of Medical Assistants for featuring “Transform Your Work and Classroom into a Highly Engaging Experience,” a special general session presented by Rich Schlentz, founder of EXTRAordinary!

Materials from this session are now available. Visit the EXTRAordinary! website at https://reviveyourwork.com/aama-919-1 for presentation slides, photos, a follow-up message to conference attendees, and additional resources.

Managers meet up

In October the AAMA exhibited at the annual meeting of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Representatives promoted the association and the hiring of CMAs (AAMA)® at the AAMA exhibit booth. They also shared copies of CMA Today and distributed AAMA-branded phone card holders (with metal ring phone stands) containing cards that direct users to all the great content on the AAMA website that is geared toward employers and hiring managers.

Take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Practice 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. Study up and visit the FAQs on the CMA (AAMA) Certification Practice Exam webpage for more information.

Résumé reminder: Add your ID

Are you a CMA (AAMA) in the market for a new position? Remember to include your CMA (AAMA) credential and certification ID number on your résumé. You can look up your certification ID number by signing into the AAMA website, going to My Account, and selecting “My Certification Information” on the left-side menu.

Multiple membership renewals

An employer can pay for multiple employees’ membership renewals. The “Employee Membership Renewal” link is located on the left-side menu on the My Account webpage.

Employers can also create a profile for their company and update contact and demographic information. The “Employer Sign In” is located in the upper-right corner of the website. Once employers are signed in, they can access the Employer Profile webpage. The “Employer Profile” is also located on the left-side menu of the My Account webpage.

Standout students

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Maxine Williams Scholarship:

Nawal Malouane attends the medical assisting program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, and plans to graduate by the end of the year. Her interest in medical assisting comes from her desire to develop a new skill set, become familiar with the administrative side of health care, and learn about the differences between health care in the U.S. and Morocco, where she previously lived and worked.

“I’m looking forward to becoming a Certified Medical Assistant® (AAMA), building on knowledge and experience I gained from nursing in Morocco, and continuing to help people from diverse backgrounds.”

As a student, Malouane demonstrates strong academic, workplace, and leadership skills. She is an “honest, hardworking, and personable individual,” writes one of her educators. “She has been an active participant in all classroom discussions and activities, encouraging an environment of inclusion for all.”

Kimberly Reed, CMA (AAMA), graduated in June from the Community College of Allegheny County in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, and earned the CMA (AAMA credential the following month. Her academic achievements are praised by her educators; one educator notes that Reed’s “hard work and accomplishments provide inspiration to other classmates who are balancing the demands of homelife and schoolwork.”

Additionally, Reed is known for her compassion and positive attitude. “I want to be a medical assistant because I care,” says Reed. “I know the importance of accuracy and good clinical skills. I also know the importance of empathy and good people skills.” Reed sees medical assisting as an opportunity to connect with patients and make their health care experiences more positive. “There are so many opportunities here to listen, encourage, and connect. I believe in the importance of treating people, not just their symptoms or diseases, and that is why I have chosen a career in medical assisting.”

Katelynn Tart, CMA (AAMA), graduated in May from Central Carolina Community College in Lillington, North Carolina, and earned her CMA (AAMA) credential in August. After exploring several career options, Tart lived through a life-changing medical situation. As a result, she decided to pursue a career in medical assisting, where she would have the opportunity to help patients through difficult times and make a difference in their lives.

Medical assisting also appeals to Tart because it combines many of her interests. “This is a field for someone who wants to be a part of all sides of health care,” says Tart. Furthermore, this profession allows Tart to provide empathetic care to patients and help them feel at ease. Tart “has the compassion and motivation needed to succeed as a medical assistant,” writes her program director. “I know that she will represent the Maxine Williams name with honor and pride.”

Perks-alert: More member savings!

Renewing your AAMA membership (or joining) for the 2020 year means you get to keep reaping the rewards, including the newest benefit: the AAMA Member Perks Program.

AAMA members gain access to an exclusive savings marketplace with Beneplace, a partner of the AAMA. Select Membership/Benefits on the AAMA website to learn more.

Join or renew on or after September 1, 2019, and receive membership through December 31, 2020!