This year, thousands of medical assistants around the country will celebrate National Medical Assistants Recognition Week (NMARW), Oct. 21-25.
In acknowledgment of NMARW, Southwest Georgia Technical College’s (SWGTC) Medical Assisting students will be honored with breakfast one morning, gifts of appreciation and a movie and popcorn afternoon.
“From the moment you enter a physician’s office, you meet a graduate of a medical assisting program. Medical assistants manage the medical office practice from the front business desk to the back medical patient treatment rooms. This week we will celebrate these professionals as vital members of the healthcare community. We thank each of them for their commitment to the profession and their service to our citizens,” Dr. Annie McElroy, SWGTC vice president for academic affairs.
According to the American Association of Medical Assistants, medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the healthcare delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.
“Certified medical assistants are incomparable in today’s healthcare industry. I see too often the skills of the medical assistant not used to the full degree of their training. By recognizing those who have achieved this certification the third week in October, my hope is that attention will be drawn to their true value. These members of our community healthcare team are versatile with training in both administrative and clinical areas. They work hard and we are fortunate to have them,” Elizabeth Peace, RN, RMA (AMT), SWGTC medical assisting program director/instructor.
SWGTC’s medical assisting program is a five semester degree program that trains students 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 and arranging for hospital admissions and lab services.
This spring semester, beginning Jan. 7, it will be offered at night evening for the first time.
“With job opportunities becoming available, particularly for those with formal training and certification, SWGTC is launching an evening program for medical assisting. With the evening class option, those with busy daytime schedules now have the opportunity of starting a new career. More practices are opening up in the area, and with the patient load increasing, anyone interested in working in a physician’s office should consider this excellent opportunity,” added Peace.
For information, call Peace at 225-5081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.