While teaching medical assisting courses at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Kendra Fowler, certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA) and certified medical administrative assistant, was inspired to spread her knowledge beyond the classroom and into the YouTube world.

“My students asked me to start a channel for medical assistants,” she says. “I made a few videos [and] noticed they were growing in views and thought there must be a need for this.”

After sharing two videos in 2020, Fowler took a break for about a year and then began posting regularly in 2021. Today, her channel, Medical Assisting with Ms. K (https://www.youtube.com/@MedicalAssistingwithMsK), has over 24,000 subscribers and averages about 150,000 monthly views.

However, her videos reach far beyond her subscribers. “Only 24% of my viewers are subscribers,” says Fowler.

Her ability to reach many viewers is due to her teaching ability and friendly demeanor, which shine through in her videos. With an engaging and informative tone, Fowler covers topics ranging from checking manual blood pressure and administering injections to becoming a medical assistant and studying for medical assisting exams.

“I help students prepare for exams, and I noticed that videos on this topic get the most views, so I kept doing that,” she says.

For her YouTube viewers who are interested in study materials for the CMA (AAMA) and Registered Medical Assistant (RMA(AMT)) exams, she directs them to study materials specific to those exams.

“A lot of what I talk about is going to be on those exams,” says Fowler. “However, what is on those exams is bigger and broader than the CCMA exam, so I make sure they know where to get the most appropriate study material.”

She also creates videos based on questions and comments she receives from viewers or topics she teaches in the classroom.

Fowler began intermittently teaching medical assisting courses in 2011 and now has eight years of experience under her belt. She works part-time in cardiology while teaching clinical and administrative classes in the Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning program at UDC. “The program allows D.C. residents to attend classes for free,” she says. “It’s exciting to be part of something that brings opportunity to more people who want to work in the medical field.”

As a child, Fowler aspired to be a physician. But in her teen years, she became inspired when her sister began working as a medical assistant. “I used to admire her in her scrubs,” she says. “I knew I wanted to work with patients, and it seemed like [a great] career to do that.”

She enrolled in a local medical assisting program and graduated in 2004. Throughout her career, Fowler has worked in different specialties, including OB-GYN, family practice, pediatrics, podiatry, infectious diseases, and cardiology. All her experience helps her succeed in the classroom and on YouTube.

“I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing because so many people have said I’m a blessing [in] their lives or that when they’re taking an exam, they hear my voice,” she says. “I never realized I was such a good teacher until people started telling me. It’s great that my channel allows me to reach so many medical assistants outside my classroom."