2016 AAMA Excel Award Winners: Northwest Chapter and MSMA Public Relations Committee

Michigan took home two awards from this year's American Association of Medical Assistants 60th Annual National Convention in Reston, Virginia. 

The Northwest Chapter won (again!) this year in the category of Community Service for their work on the annual Father Fred Turkey Drive. The chapter continues to make an impact on their community by helping those in need, and their hard work has been recognized with this national award.

The MSMA Public Relations Committee also won an Excel Award in the category of Marketing, Promotion and Recruitment for the video released in celebration of Medical Assistant Recognition Week 2015. The video honors and promotes the medical assisting profession, and has been viewed over 1,300 times worldwide. To watch the award-winning video, click here.

In addition to the Excel Awards, the Journal Committee won an Achievement Award for their work on the Michigan Medical Assistant Journal, and the Public Relations Committee received an Achievement award for the MSMA website.

Congratulations to all winners on a job well done!

Oakland Chapter Makes History by Electing First Male President

By Rena Owens, CMA (AAMA); Oakland Chapter Medical Assistants

Left to Right: Edwin Padilla, CMA (AAMA); Ginger Miller, CMA (AAMA); Elizabeth Moore, CMA (AAMA); vicky Siegel, CMA (AAMA)

Left to Right: Edwin Padilla, CMA (AAMA); Ginger Miller, CMA (AAMA); Elizabeth Moore, CMA (AAMA); vicky Siegel, CMA (AAMA)

Edwin Padilla, CMA (AAMA) made it into the history books of Oakland Chapter Medical Assistants at his Installation of Officers Banquet on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at Shield’s Pizzeria in Troy, as he was the first male to ever be elected to the Office of President. Since its incorporation in 1954, Oakland Chapter has been guided by an all-female line of Certified Medical Assistants who were elected as President of the Chapter. The chapter was granted a charter in 1954 by then MSMA President Charlotte Ash Meier. 

Edwin Padilla completed his education from Ross Medical Education and was awarded the CMA (AAMA) credential upon passing the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants which is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is currently employed by Associated Orthopedists of Detroit.

“Edwin is a real go getter! From the moment he joined Oakland Chapter he brought forth a proposal to design a table banner with the chapter logo to take to events such as participation in health fairs and membership recruitment at medical assisting schools, and the MSMA House of Delegates. MSMA was so impressed with the chapter banner, he was asked to design and purchase a banner for the state as well,” says Rena Owens, CMA (AAMA) 2010 Past President of MSMA and a Past President of Oakland Chapter.


Important Information from the MSMA's Committee to Investigate State Regulations for CMAs

The MSMA's Committee to Investigate State Regulations for CMAs has been working on the document below for the past few years, and it is now in a completed (draft) form. It is a lengthy document and will be made available to the MSMA membership for review and comment, sent as an e-blast, in the near future. Please spend a little time to review it and provide comments or questions to the committee at either mdey@kvcc.edu or mdey627492@aol.com.

The document will be presented as part of the committee report at the MSMA House of Delegates in April. Discussion will happen at that time as well. This is your opportunity to weigh in on the future of your profession - take advantage of it and help guide your professional organization as we prepare for the future!

To review the document, please click the following link: State Regulation Document

Success for the Northwest Chapter's Father Fred Turkey Drive 2015

Each year, the Northwest Chapter of the MSMA holds a turkey drive before Thanksgiving to help support the Father Fred Foundation. This charitable organization provides food, clothing, and financial assistance to those in need in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties. The Northwest Chapter's Father Fred Turkey Drive helps the foundation obtain donations of turkeys for those who might otherwise go without on Thanksgiving. According to Cheryl Bouschor, CMA (AAMA), this year's drive "was the most successful ever! We not only hit our goal, we more than bypassed it!" 


Medical Assistant Recognition Week 2015

In celebration of Medical Assistant Recognition (MAR) Week, October 19-23, 2015, the MSMA Public Relations Committee released a video featuring clips of various health professionals, including doctors, nurses, and office managers discussing the importance of and their appreciation for the medical assistants in their practices. The video was posted on YouTube, shared on the AAMA and MSMA Facebook pages, and emailed to chapter presidents. It has been viewed over 1,300 times around the world! 


AAMA installs Cedar, Michigan Resident as 2015-2017 Secretary-Treasurer

By Christopher Tomke, American Association of Medical Assistants, Marketing and Communications Manager, Senior Editor

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Photo courtesy of AAMA

Portland, Oregon (September 2015)—The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Portland, Oregon for its 59th Annual Conference. Freda Miller, CMA (AAMA) was installed as the 2015–2017 AAMA Secretary-Treasurer. In this capacity, Secretary-Treasurer Miller, a resident of Cedar, represents medical assistants across the nation. Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures.

Secretary-Treasurer Miller states, “It is a privilege to serve the American Association of Medical Assistants and the medical assistants that it supports throughout the United States. During the transitions we are seeing in health care delivery, this organization serves as the only association in the world dedicated exclusively since 1956 to the medical assisting profession. As allied health professionals who are committed to continuing education and thereby upholding the highest standards in patient care, it is my pleasure to do what I can to improve the status and value of the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) to our patients and providers.”

Miller brings a great deal of experience to her office. She worked in pediatrics, urgent care, lab and x-ray, and oncology for over 15 years. Miller has served as customer service team lead for a Fortune 100 health insurer for seven years and managed the State of Alaska’s health and welfare benefits for retirees and employees from 2004–2009. She has owned a health care consulting company since 2001.

Miller has served on many committees and strategy teams for the AAMA, including her time as an AAMA Trustee from 2011 to 2015. During that time, she was chair of the Leadership Development Team, Marketing Development Strategy Team, and Membership Development Strategy Team, and has served in different capacities on many other committees. 


Michigan wins multiple Excel Awards in Portland, OR

Michigan Society of Medical Assistants took home several Excel Awards following the AAMA National Convention in Portland, OR this past September. The Michigan Medical Assistant Journal, managed by Editor Tracie Hardy, CMA (AAMA) won the Excel Award in the category of Publishing, and the Northwest Chapter's Father Fred Turkey Drive, led by chapter president Mistie Atkins, CMA (AAMA), won the award for Community Service. Michigan also won the Excel Award for Membership Recruitment, and was noted for Achievement in Website Development. Congratulations to all!