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.


Jan/Feb 2019
Have the write idea
Medical assistant writes educational books for her grandchildren

"I wrote [I Have Autism] to help him so that he would understand himself. ... The first time he read it, he smiled at every single page."

Name: Debra Soloman, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assistant at Methodist Diagnostic Center in Omaha, Nebraska

In the spotlight: Soloman has written multiple books for and based on her grandchildren, including one about a young boy with autism.


Nov/Dec 2018
Shoot for the stars
Medical assistant establishes an award to shine the light on others

“My hope is that every medical assistant who hears about this program feels empowered to approach their organization about starting their own recognition program."

Name: Sherry Bogar, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assistant at UTMB Health in Galveston, Texas

In the spotlight: Bogar helped establish the Medical Assisting Shining Star Award, which recognizes the value of medical assistants' work and exceptional medical assistants.


Sep/Oct 2018
Proving our place
Medical assisting program coordinator advocates for medical assistants in the Dakotas

Now that they realize there is a lot more that medical assistants can do than they were allowing them to do previously, they started sending me job openings.”

Name: Jo Penning, BS, CMA (AAMA)

Occupation: Medical assisting program coordinator for National American University (NAU) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In the spotlight: Penning advocated for medical assistants as well as CMAs (AAMA) when the role of medical assistants was called into question.