Excelsior recognizes value of CMA (AAMA) education

Medical assistants who are CMAs (AAMA) are versatile professionals whose breadth of knowledge and skills provide the ideal foundation for taking on a number of different roles. Excelsior College in New York recently acknowledged that fact. Current CMA (AAMA) certification is now approved for a substantial amount of credit (26 semester hours in total) toward the following undergraduate and select graduate health sciences degrees offered by the school:
  • AS in health sciences
  • BS in health sciences (all emphases)
  • BS in public health
  • BS in health care management
  • BS in health care management/MBA dual degree track
  • BS in health sciences/MS in health sciences dual degree track

Excelsior College offers distance learning, so these degrees will be available for CMAs (AAMA) throughout the United States.

Remember to renew!

Renew your AAMA membership by December 31, 2017, to keep reaping all the benefits:

  • CMA Today. Continue to receive a complimentary subscription to CMA Today in the mail and access the articles online.
  • Discounts that count. Receive discounts on continuing education self-study courses and e-Learning Center courses.
  • Certifiable savings. Save $65 (continuing education) to $125 (re-examination) when recertifying your CMA (AAMA) credential.
  • Transcript. As a member, your AAMA CEUs are registered and accessible online daily.
  • Professional protection. Your membership dues dollars help AAMA in-house counsel protect your right to practice.
  • Status update. Enhance professional credibility to peers and employers by affiliation with the AAMA.

Renew instantly on the AAMA website. Sign in and click the “Renew My Membership” link from the left-side menu on the “My Account” page.

Plan ahead—if you are hoping to serve as a delegate or alternate for your state society to the AAMA House of Delegates, be sure to pay your dues well ahead of the December 31 deadline, so that the AAMA is able to report your active status to your state.

AAMA joins ACS on important initiative

The AAMA is proud to be a partner of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in the effort to reduce cancer rates across the country. In support of the 80 Percent by 2018 campaign launched by ACS, the AAMA will lend its voice in spreading awareness regarding colorectal screening. Medical assistants are in a prime position to reduce barriers to screening through practice improvements and committed action. Find out how you can help—check out the online library of resources the ACS offers to help strengthen your efforts to screen patients and save lives.

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Earn free membership!

The AAMA works constantly to enhance the status of medical assistants and the CMA (AAMA) credential, and it needs a strong membership to help drive those efforts. That’s why the AAMA will reward members who contribute to its growth.

Any member who recruits five new members to the AAMA will have their annual dues paid for with the click of a button. (Note: Credit applies to online enrollments only.)

Want to earn a free year of membership? Visit the Join page (under Membership) on the AAMA website to find out more.

Scholarship road

In honor of last year’s recipients of the esteemed Maxine Williams Scholarship, we checked in to see how they are doing on their journeys as medical assistants:

Felicia Lockett graduated from Brightwood College in Friendswood, Texas, in June 2016 and is preparing to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. She is looking for a new position in the field of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and is pursuing a degree in health care management by taking online classes through Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lockett is passionate for how this field can improve patients’ lives, noting past experiences with patients who “came in on their last leg of hope, trying to feel normal,” she says. After treatment and follow-up, patients would be completely different people. “I’d feel like I had something to do with it.”

Lockett’s gratitude for the Maxine Williams Scholarship is perhaps only surpassed by her excitement to earn her CMA (AAMA) credential. She concludes, “It’s going to be worthwhile.”

Stacy Orndorff, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College in August 2016 and passed the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination in July 2016. Since then, Orndorff has happily settled into a position at WellSpan Family Medicine in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. “I am excited that I finally have a career that I am excited to go to every day. I never know what I am going to learn or who I am going to meet. Along my journey to becoming a medical assistant, I have learned many things and have met and worked alongside some wonderful people,” she says.

Despite graduating over a year ago, Orndorff notes that there is no end to learning. “While I learned many things during my tenure at Harrisburg Area Community College, and can’t say enough about my educators, there is no greater teacher than experience itself . . . which is one of the reasons I find working as a medical assistant rewarding.”

Orndorff is fervent in her appreciation of the Maxine Williams Scholarship. “I am still as grateful today as I was the day that I received this award. This scholarship has helped me pave [my] path . . . by helping to alleviate the burden of financing my education. It certainly is an honor to receive such an award.”

Get your MARWeek materials

Medical Assistants Recognition Week will be held October 16–20, 2017. Order your MARWeek packets online, and receive the following items:

  • Observance suggestions. Become inspired in various creative ways to observe MARWeek and make recognition of medical assistants a high priority year-round.
  • Feature article. Read what several grateful providers and patients have to say about the CMAs (AAMA) in their lives.
  • Poster. Display this colorful poster in the office, classroom, and community.
  • Small gift item. This complimentary MARWeek magnet can double as a picture frame when you pop out the middle!