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.


Jul/Aug 20​20
Watch and learn
Educator scores CMA (AAMA)® credit opportunity

JA20-slAt Aspen, our nursing program gives college credits to nurses who have passed the NCLEX [National Council Licensure Examination]. Since I’m a CMA (AAMA), I said, ‘Why don’t we do the same thing for medical assistants?’

Name: Nina Beaman, EdD, MSN, RN, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Dean at of nursing and health sciences at Aspen University in Denver

In the spotlight: She spearheaded the creation of a program at Aspen University that allows CMAs (AAMA) to apply the eight courses and practicum hours they earned to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam toward a bachelor’s degree in health care administration.


May/​June 20​20
Put to the test

CMA (AAMA)® answers call to serve during COVID-19 crisis

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“Because this is a pandemic and most people I know have never lived through a pandemic, [this ordeal] unites us. I take it personally for our patients, and the patients act like they can feel that. We’re all in this together.”

Name: Olivia Tipton, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assistant at Wayne UNC Health Care in North Carolina

In the spotlight: When her workplace began COVID-19 screening, Tipton quickly joined their efforts to combat the coronavirus. Even during an uncertain time and behind personal protective equipment (PPE), Tipton makes it a priority to find ways to connect with patients and show she cares.


​Mar/​Apr 2020
Crusader for colorectal cancer screenings
Medical assistant supports efforts to improve screening rates

MA20-sl“In primary care, everything starts with us [medical assistants]. … We have the best opportunity to address preventive issues at every single visit.

Name: Polly Bickett, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Office operations coordinator for Queen City Medical Group in Ohio

In the spotlight: Bickett makes colorectal cancer screening a priority at her workplace. By embracing opportunities to learn and sharing knowledge with other medical assistants, Bickett strives to ensure that patients are always well-educated about preventive care.