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OTC Medical Assisting Students Attend AAMA Conference

Okefenokee Technical College students and OTC medical assisting instructor, Debra Downs, joined over 700 medical assistants from across the country in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, recently to attend the 54th American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) annual conference.

According to Downs, this was the first group of medical assisting students from OTC to attend an AAMA conference. Participants had a vast number of seminars and workshops from which to choose. Those students who went shared their experiences with others in the class who were unable to attend. According to Georgia Todd, who attended several seminars including one on diagnosis coding, every coding seminar lecturer stressed the importance of accuracy in coding. “Inaccurate codes get rejected and cause frustration for the patient and the provider,” stated Todd. Medial Assistants Week

Karen Hamelin attended a seminar on elderly abuse. She remembered being shocked at how often the elderly are victims. Medical assistant graduates have to be prepared for almost anything. They possess skills with a unique versatility, and their education and training prepare them to perform both administrative and clinical duties.

“This group of students has been learning that things are a lot different from what they expected,” explained Downs. “They just recently began working at their clinical sites, and now they know just how much a medical assistant does, everything from triage to making appointments. Medical assistants take vital signs, explain and administer treatments, schedule appointments, enter codes for insurance, and have to be willing to do about anything that promotes proper healthcare and efficiency in a physician’s office or outpatient clinic.”

Evans stated that the best part about the conference was the encouragement that seasoned medical assistants and professors gave about the medical assisting profession. According to Evans, “The conference gave us the opportunity to meet other medical assistants and learn more about the job and what to expect. It also helped us know what to expect and learn about the benefits. One point that many of the presenters made was that medical assisting is a great profession that can easily transition into other healthcare professions and lead to higher education in the medical field.”

According to Downs, the OTC medical assisting class was the largest group attending the conference. During the course of the conference, several professionals approached Downs to her to compliment OTC medical attending students for their professionalism and enthusiasm.

Medical Assistants Recognition Day is October 20.

For more information about the medical assisting program at Okefenokee Technical College, call Debra Downs at (912) 338-5953 or visit www.okefenokeetech.edu. For more information about the conference or Medical Assistants Week, visit www.aama-ntl.org.

Medical Assistants Recognition Week: October 18-22, 2010


Medical Assistants Recognition Day: October 20, 2010

Medical Assistants Week

OTC medical assisting instructor Debra Downs and six OTC medical assisting students attended the 2010 AAMA conference in Lake Buena Vista last month. The conference is a precursor to National Medical Assistant Week, October 18-22, 2010. The entire medical assisting class (shown here) is proud to recognize and salute graduates of the medical assisting program for their dedication to healthcare. Members of the 2010 medical assisting program are Terri Davis, (seated: L to R) Jessica Adams, Frankia Smith, Cassandra McBride, Samantha Cox, Debbie Downs, (standing: L to R) Lucinda Evans, Sherri Lewis, Georgia Todd, and Karen Hamelin. The AAMA conference was held September 23 – 27. Georgia Todd, Karen Hamelin, Sherri Lewis, Lucinda Evans, Jessica Adams, Terri Davis and OTC instructor Debbie Downs attended.


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