AAMA Re-Elects Virginia Thomas, CMA (AAMA), as Trustee

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Cincinnati, Ohio for its 61st Annual Conference. Virginia Thomas, CMA (AAMA), was re-elected to serve as the 2017–2019 AAMA Trustee. In this capacity, Trustee Thomas, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) across the nation.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than 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.

Trustee Thomas states, “It is an honor and a privilege to be re-elected by the membership of the AAMA for the 2017–2019 term. I will continue to work toward developing leadership skills and mentoring of all medical assistants in the AAMA and throughout the profession. Our CMA (AMA) credential is something we should all be proud of, and I look forward to working with other medical assistants to promote our profession. As CMAs (AAMA), we are highly versatile and have a wealth of knowledge and competencies in medical assisting that we can share with our employers.”

Thomas brings a great deal of experience to her office. She has worked for 15 years in the pediatric ear, nose, and throat department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk Virginia—including the past eight as a surgical scheduler to three ENT surgeons.

Thomas has served in many capacities for the AAMA. In addition to serving as chair of the AAMA Leadership Development Strategy Team, she has also been involved with the association’s Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, Partnership Task Force, Marketing Committee, and Membership Committee.

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 17024, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, representing powerful evidence of quality, efficiency, and safety.

A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) is the only certification that requires college-level education. Only candidates who graduate from an accredited medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination maintains physician-quality exam standards. It is the only medical assisting exam that uses the National Board of Medical Examiners to construct and administer the exam. 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.

Media Contact:
Christopher R. Tomke
AAMA MarCom Manager

Source: American Association of Medical Assistants


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