Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) officials recently named Elizabeth Peace the Medical Assisting Program director and instructor.
“With the retirement of a seasoned faculty member in the Medical Assisting program, SWGTC has been fortunate to employ a new Program Director with the expertise and high caliber standards of excellence as Elizabeth Peace. Thank you to the Thomasville medical community for welcoming Elizabeth and continuing the Medical Assisting partnerships so that our graduates will continue to be the best of the best,” stated Dr. Annie McElroy, vice president of Academic Affairs.
In her new role, Peace will be responsible for coordinating all medical assisting curriculum/coursework, serve as the advisor for students in the program, instruct clinical courses and allied health general core, and be responsible for recruiting new students.
“I am so excited to continue my teaching experience here at Southwest Georgia Technical College. My desire to motivate students and share my love for learning fosters a productive classroom environment which I hope will help not only the students, but also the college. I intend to utilize my dedication to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of attracting and retaining students in our medical assisting program” said Peace.
Peace graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1994 and has been a registered nurse (RN) since that time. She is also a registered medical assistant (RMA), a certified basic life support (BLS) instructor and holds her allied health instructor certification. She has more than nine years of experience instructing Medical Assisting curriculum and also spent time teaching Practical Nursing at Moultrie Technical College. She is an active member of the Thomas County Chapter of Medical Assistants, the American Association of Medical Assistants, the American Medical Technologist Association, the American Heart Association, and serves on the advisory committee for the Tift County High School Health Occupations Program.
“I am very excited to have Elizabeth join our Health Sciences faculty. Her passion for the medical assisting profession coupled with her diverse professional experience (nine years as a medical assisting instructor, nineteen years as a nurse, and seventeen years in banking and finance) will provide our students an excellent opportunity to learn both theory and application of administrative and clinical duties currently required in physician’s offices and clinics,” said Carla Barrow, dean of Academic Affairs.
Medical Assisting is a five semester diploma program that trains the student for administrative and clinical duties, primarily in physicians’ offices or clinics. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, obtaining medical histories, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing instruments, administering medications, and assisting the physician.
Administrative skills include answering phones, scheduling appointments, transcription, filing medical and insurance reports, arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services. SWGTC’s Medical Assisting diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.