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Why Hire a CMA (AAMA)?

There are all kinds of medical assistants out there. How can you be sure that applicants have the knowledge and competence you require?

View this video or read on to find out why CMAs (AAMA) are the right choice for your practice: 

College-Level Medical Assisting Education 

  • Programmatically accredited
  • Standardized competencies
  • 160-plus hours in an outpatient practicum setting

Physician-Quality Exam Standards 

 

The CMA (AAMA) Exam is the only medical assisting exam that uses the National Board of Medical Examiners to construct and administer the exam. The NBME is responsible for many national examinations for physicians, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Test development, item writing, and security for the CMA (AAMA) Exam all follow rigorous standards to ensure the high integrity of the testing process

Nationally and Globally Accredited 

NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies): The CMA (AAMA) Certification Program is accredited by the NCCA.

IAS (International Accreditation Service): The Certifying Board of the AAMA is the only medical assisting certification body that has been accredited under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012.

What are your colleagues saying about CMAs (AAMA)? 

Medical assistants make physicians’ lives better by being the buffer and liaison between patients and us. In doing so, they act as advocates for patients. They are the frontline [professionals] in taking messages, finding out what is needed in terms of refills, and passing on our messages to the patients about lab results and other information. … My CMAs (AAMA) are so knowledgeable and experienced that they can discern and get to the crux of the issue with the patient, so we don’t have to do a lot of back-and-forth phone calls. Being a medical assistant can be a difficult job, and I thank mine daily for what they do.

Lauren Kim, MD
Rheumatologist in Portland, Oregon

Because of her hands-on experience and knowledge, [my CMA (AAMA)] knows when to consult with me when something is out of her scope of practice. Her ability to build rapport with our patients is invaluable. She rooms them and asks the right questions to understand why they are here. I’m thankful for her ability to relate to the patients and other staff members so well, and for taking on any task that I ask her to.

Shonna Bates, WHNP-BC
Nurse practitioner in Columbus, Ohio

My CMA’s (AAMA) front- and back- office experience is integral for running my small [practice]. I could not adequately treat patients without her assistance. She has a relationship with each patient, which helps me as a diagnostician. Many times patients will fill her in on more substantive matters that they are too nervous to share with me. In several instances, my CMA’s (AAMA) input changed my diagnosis because she heard something the patient did not tell me. She makes my practice a better place and me a better doctor.

Celeste Borchers Valenzuela, DPM
Podiatrist in San Antonio

We rely heavily on our medical assistants to multitask and assist in providing the patient with education and a continued plan of care. They are always compassionate and put the patients at ease during their visits, which isn’t always easy in a busy practice. I am so grateful for their hard work, long hours, and dedication to providing high quality patient care. I truly appreciate the close working relationship I have with my CMA (AAMA), as well as the tremendous service all our medical assistants provide to patients and our practice as a whole.

Kathryn Baker, DO
Rhematologist in Portland, Oregon

Practicing medicine is definitely a team approach, and the medical assistant’s role can’t be overlooked. There’s no doubt that my CMAs (AAMA) contribute to the efficiency of the clinic. As the first members of the team to meet the patients, they can make all the difference in a situation that could be potentially nerve-racking. Best of all, our patients admit to having a sense of comfort when they see our CMAs (AAMA).

Aakash H. Gajjar, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Colon and rectal surgeon in Galveston, Texas

I would not get through my day without my CMA (AAMA). She makes sure I keep on task and that I am checking my labs, refills, and messages. She checks messages, sends on the pertinent information to me, and then relays my response to the patient or completes any tasks necessary. She has a stack of papers for me to review daily and sends back any faxes necessary. She wears many hats throughout the day and is able to treat patients with respect and compassion despite how busy she is. A thousand thank-yous would not suffice [to convey] how grateful I am to have her by my side.

Laura Boyd, MD
Primary care physician in Chicago