Scholarship Recipients

The AAMA congratulates the 2013 recipients of the prestigious Maxine Williams Scholarship:

Kelsey Gilbert graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College in May, with an associate degree in medical assisting and a certificate in dental assisting. Gilbert is driven by a desire to help in the community, which makes the medical assisting field a natural fit. “I love working with people, and that is why I chose to work in the health care field. My favorite thing about being in the health care program is that I can go to the schools in my community and donate time … taking students’ blood pressure, vision acuity, hearing, and other vitals, which I will be doing in an office soon.”

Nataline Palome graduated from Ridley Lowell Business and Technical Institute in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in August and plans on earning her CMA (AAMA) credential. She would ultimately like to work in oncology, but is excited for all the possibilities the medical assisting field has to offer. “There is no doubt in my mind that my entrance into the profession of medical assisting is the beginning of a deeply gratifying and challenging chapter of my life,” she says. “When I look ahead, I see myself making a difference in the way that people experience medical care and I see myself continuing to grow and change through education and experience.”

Crystal Poytinger, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Bryant and Stratton College in Milwaukee in August and passed the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination shortly thereafter. Poytinger’s education has prepared her for any challenge in health care by teaching her not only the ins and outs of the human anatomy, but also the highs and lows of human emotion. “I have learned how to handle ethical issues and treat people according to their cultural differences,” she says. “Overall, I have become a successful student and a better person.”