AAMA Installs Debby Houston, CMA (AAMA), CPC, as Vice President

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, for its 62nd Annual Conference. Debby B. Houston, CMA (AAMA), CPC, was installed as the 2018-2019 AAMA Vice President. In this capacity, Vice President Houston, a resident of Churchville, Virginia, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) across the nation.

Medical assisting is one of the nation's careers growing much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical assistants work in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.

Vice President Houston states, "It is an honor to serve the association and profession during this time of great change in the health care environment. As the delivery of health care continues to change, medical assistants must grow along with it. CMAs (AAMA) are critical members of the health care team because of their unparalleled versatility, knowledge and competence in medical assisting."

Houston brings a great deal of experience to her office. She has worked in family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics for 48 years and is currently retired from the University of Virginia Physicians Group.

Houston has served in many capacities for the AAMA, including as a member of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee and Membership Development Strategy Team and in numerous positions for the Virginia Society of Medical Assistants.

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) — or CMA (AAMA) — credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the AAMA.

The CB of the AAMA was awarded accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, thus distinguishing the CMA (AAMA) from other medical assisting certifications.

A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) is the only certification that requires postsecondary education. Only candidates who graduate from an accredited postsecondary medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) must recertify every five years. The National Board of Medical Examiners — responsible for many national examinations for physicians — constructs and administers the examination. As a result, the reliability and validity of the CMA (AAMA) credential are of the highest order.

Certification status is a matter of public record and may be released. Every day the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification — for both current and potential employees.

The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

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