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OTC Recognizes Medical Assistants During MA Week

Latisha Chatman, MA intern; Tina Simmons, preceptor; Angela Tomlinson, MA grad.; & LaStre Lee, MA grad.


Okefenokee Technical College is proud to announce the outstanding accomplishments of the OTC medical assisting students and the medical assisting program during this week, as it is designated as Medical Assistants Recognition Week. October 16-20, 2006, is designated by the American Medical Technologist (AMT) and the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) as a time that medical assistants are recognized across the country.

All of the 2006 Okefenokee Technical College medical assisting graduates taking the National Registry Exam (16) passed the exam, making the pass rate for this year 100%. The overall pass rate of the medical assisting program for the past five years at OTC is also 100%. Debra Downs is the department chair for the program, and she is especially proud of her students for their hard work and dedication to their field of study.

Dr. Robert Packer, Dr. Rhonda Williams, and Dr. Jill Goggans of Waycross Internal Medicine have hired three OTC medical assisting graduates to work at their office: Angela Tomlinson (2006 graduate), LaStre Lee (2005 graduate), and Stephanie Plummer (2006 graduate – not pictured). Dr. Williams commented that the MA graduates that they have added to their staff have worked out great. She said that they have really helped improve patient flow. Tina Simmons, a 2002 OTC practical nursing graduate and a preceptor for the MA program, commented that the three new staff members have made a positive impact on the overall effectiveness of the office.

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care 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.



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