2022 Conference

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2022 AAMA Annual Conference

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Oct. 21–24, 2022

Host Hotel: Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes

Overflow Hotel #1: Grande Shores Ocean Resort

Overflow Hotel #2: Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

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Conference Registrations

Registration for the 2022 AAMA Annual Conference closed Sept. 20, 2022. Registrants will receive ​a registration packet via email approximately ​one week before the conference.

Registration Is Now Closed

Hotel Reservations

Overflow hotel #2: Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

Rooms are $169 per night, and the resort fee has been waived.

Important! A nonrefundable first night’s deposit is required.

Booking options:

  • Book a hotel room online via the AAMA’s personalized book link.
    • The link above has the group code already applied.
  • Book a hotel room via toll-free phone: 800/876-0010
    • Provide the AAMA group code AOM to receive the group rate for the AAMA room block.

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort registration deadline: Sept. 26, 2022

Want to book a hotel room at the other overflow hotel or the host hotel? You may check back with either or both the host and overflow hotel to check whether any rooms in the AAMA room block have become available again between now and​ the reservation deadline for each hotel. (But please note the policies of canceling at either of the hotels and the conference registration deadline [Sept. 20] to receive the host/overflow hotel registration discounts.)

Overflow hotel #1: Grande Shores Ocean Resort

Group reservation number: 2843203

Grande Shores Ocean Resort registration deadline: Sept. 28, 2022

Note from the host hotel (Marriot Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes): If for any reason you need to cancel or adjust your reservation, the hotel asks that you do so no later than seven days prior to your arrival date.

Note from the first overflow hotel (Grande Shores Ocean Resort): For offers and policies, see the Grande Shores Ocean Resort handout.

Important Conference Updates

Shuttle Bus Information

A shuttle service will be available to conference registrants between the overflow and host hotels. The shuttle will travel continuously between the hotels during its hours of operation.

The AAMA recommends planning ahead to arrive in time for CE sessions—take the shuttle from an overflow hotel to the host hotel (Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes) earlier rather than later to secure a seat at your preferred CE session. Remember: seating at CE sessions is available on a first-come-first-served basis, and this is one of our most attended conferences.

Shuttle Bus Hours of Operation

  • Friday, Oct. 21 │ 6:30 a.m.–11 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 │ 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; 6–11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 23 │ 6:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 │7 a.m.–12 p.m.

Shuttle Bus Tips

  • Who's getting picked up at 6:30 a.m.? The shuttle bus will start at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, stop at the Grande Shores Ocean Resort, and precede to the host hotel (Marriot Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes). This loop will continue repeatedly.
  • Not sure where the bus is or when it's coming? Ask the front-desk staff at your overflow hotel. Staff have the bus driver's number and they can call and find out when the bus will be coming. 
  • How will you know which bus is the right one? The AAMA's shuttle bus will have a sign on it saying "AAMA." 

 Can I walk from my overflow hotel to the host hotel?

Conference registrants staying at the Grande Shores Ocean Resort may find it doable to walk to the host hotel (Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes). The distance is 0.7 miles: walking is projected to take about 15 minutes; and driving is projected to take about 5 minutes.

Conference registrants staying at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort will find they’ll travel best by driving or being driven to the host hotel (Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes). The distance is 4 miles: driving is projected to take about 10 minutes.

Conference Materials

Prep for Conference

Donate to the educational programs of the 2022 AAMA Annual Conference. All educational program support is used to help underwrite the cost of presenting top-quality educational programs during the AAMA Annual Conference. Want your contribution noted in the on-site conference program? Submit the Educational Support Information & Form  (Word doc format) by July 24.

Any contributions received after that date but prior to the conference will be acknowledged in the on-site conference newsletter.

All other prep-for-conference materials have been removed from this page once the deadline passed. The materials were removed in an effort to mitigate potential confusion.

Conference Attendees' Materials 

Check back with this page as more 2022 conference materials are published.

CE Session Materials

Check back with this page as more 2022 conference materials are published.

Friday CE Session Materials

Sunday CE Session Materials

Monday CE Session Materials

2022 Excel Award Winners

Congratulations to all the Excel Award winners!

Awards of Distinction

Leadership and Mentoring

Rebecca Walker, CMA (AAMA), BS

Golden Apple

Melanie Shearer, CMA (AAMA), MS, MT(ASCP)PBTCM

State Society Excel Awards

Each of the state society Excel Awards were judged based on the number of members in the state society:

Section A = 200 members or fewer

Section B = 201–500 members

Section C = 501–800 members

Section D = 801 members or more

Publishing

Excel

SDSMA Messenger, published by South Dakota (A), Maggie Olson, BS, CMA (AAMA), editor

Texas Tidbits, published by Texas (B), Donna Gibbins, CMA (AAMA), and Dina Harrett, CMA (AAMA), editors

PSMA WAVE, published by Pennsylvania (C), Diana Rogers, CMA (AAMA), editor

Helping Hands, published by Ohio (D), Diana Rogers, CMA (AAMA), editor

The Michigan Medical Assistant Journal, published by Michigan (D), Tracy Hardy, CMA (AAMA), editor

Achievement

CTSMA e-Magazine, published by Connecticut (B), Rebecca V. Parry, CMA (AAMA), editor

NYSSMA Today, published by New York (B), Heather Kazmierczak, BFA, CMA (AAMA), editor

TEMPO, published by North Carolina (D), Amber Greer, BS, CMA (AAMA), PBT(ASCP), editor

Med-A-Scoop, published by Indiana (D), Pam Neu, MBA, CMA (AAMA), editor

Website Development

Excel

South Dakota (A), Maggie Olson, BS, CMA (AAMA), web chair

Nebraska (B), Debra Potratz, CMA (AAMA), web chair

Michigan (D), Mistie Atkins, CMA (AAMA), web chair

Achievement

Arkansas (A), Misty Ross, CPPM, CMA (AAMA), web chair

Connecticut (B), Rebecca V. Parry, CMA (AAMA), web chair

Florida (D), Mary Lou Allison, CMA-C (AAMA), web chair

Indiana (D), Pam Neu, MBA, CMA (AAMA), web chair

North Carolina (D), Amber Greer, BS, CMA (AAMA), PBT(ASCP), web chair

Ohio (D), Jennifer Dietz, MS, CMA (AAMA), web chair

Marketing, Promotion, and Recruitment

Excel

“2022 State Convention and Online CEU Opportunities,” conducted by South Dakota (A), Erica Arends, CMA (AAMA), and Maggie Olson, BS, CMA (AAMA), campaign directors

“Medical Assistants in Pink,” conducted by Texas (B), Lisa Connelley, CMA (AAMA), Donna Gibbins, CMA (AAMA), and Dina Harrett, CMA (AAMA), campaign directors

“WE Are the Future of FSMA: Let’s Make a Positive Influence,” conducted by Florida (D), Deniece Jozefiak, CMA (AAMA), and Kathryn Panagiotacos, CMA (AAMA), campaign directors

Achievement

Where Are My People?” conducted by Arkansas (A), Melinda Rhynes, MEd, CMA (AAMA), campaign director

CTSMA 62nd Conference,” conducted by Connecticut (B), Jen Amaral, CMA (AAMA), campaign director

Community Service

Excel

“Red Cross Blood Drive 62nd Conference,” conducted by Connecticut (B), Rebecca V. Parry, CMA (AAMA), campaign director

“Fostering the Fosters,” conducted by South Carolina (D), Stephanie Pruitt, CMA (AAMA), campaign director

Achievement

“2021 Year of Giving Back,” conducted by New Hampshire (B), NHSMA Board, campaign directors

“Sprays for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley,” conducted by Ohio (D), Laura Mizicko, CMA (AAMA), campaign director

Membership Retention

Montana (A)

Colorado (B)

Maine (C)

Iowa (D)

Membership Recruitment

Hawaii (A)

Missouri (B)

Kentucky (C)

Illinois (D)

Student Membership Recruitment

Oklahoma (A)

Alabama (B)

California (C)

Minnesota (D)

CMA (AAMA)® Certification

Greatest percentage increase of member CMAs (AAMA)

Alaska (A)

Alabama (B)

California (C)

Florida (D)

Student Award

Essay: Tasha Siaosi, CMA (AAMA)

Medical Assistant Employer of the Year Awards

Applicants were judged based on the number of ​employees employed:

Section A = 1–50 employees

Section B = 51–100 employees

Section C = 101–500 employees

Section D = 501 employees or more

Fairview Hospital’s “Westown Physician Center” Lakewood Teams (A), represented by Alexandria Boyadia and Nancy Richards

Nationwide Children’s Hospital School-Based Health Services (B), represented by Mary Kay Irwin

Avera Health (D), represented by Pam Hilbur

Exhibiting, Sponsorship, and Advertising Materials

The submission window for 2022 has closed. Expand the below section to glance at the forms and prospectus to get a​ tentative impression of 2023 offerings.

AAMA Annual Conference Advertising Insertion Order FormSubmissions were due Aug. 1.

AAMA Annual Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities. Pore over the brochure, then use the Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus to review the terms, conditions, contract, and submission requirements. Email Conference@aama-ntl.org to discuss conference exhibiting, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities and questions. 

AAMA Annual Conference Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus. Submissions of completed (1) Contracts for Exhibitors Hall Space and (2) Exhibiting and Sponsorships Order Forms ​were due Aug. 1.