The AAMA Installs Shirley Sawyer, CMA (AAMA), CPC, as 2023-2025 Trustee

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The American Association of Medical Assistants® (AAMA) installed Shirley Sawyer, CMA (AAMA), CPC, as a 2023-2025 AAMA Trustee in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, at the 67th AAMA Annual Conference. In this capacity, Trustee Sawyer, a resident of Waynesville, North Carolina, 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. Medical assistants work in outpatient healthcare settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.

“It is an honor to be chosen for this role and to help serve medical assistants nationwide,” says Sawyer. “CMAs (AAMA) serve patients with a unique blend of knowledge, competence and versatility.”

Sawyer brings a great deal of experience to her office. She has worked in family medicine for 22 years at Midway Medical Center in Clyde, North Carolina.

Sawyer has served in many capacities for the AAMA, including as a member and chair of the Continuing Education Board and a member of the Annual Conference Committee. She has also served as president of the North Carolina 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 all other medical assisting certifications.

A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) is the only medical assisting certification that requires postsecondary (college-level) education to be eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam, which is administered by PSI Services. 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 American Association of Medical Assistants®, the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the medical assisting profession, was established in 1956 and serves the interests of more than 92,000 medical assisting professionals. The American Association of Medical Assistants provides quality resources and educational opportunities for medical assistants by offering certification, advocacy for quality patient-centered health care, credential acknowledgment and scope-of-practice protection. For more information, visit

Source: American Association of Medical Assistants

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