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Medical Assistant Celebrate National Recognition Week

Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

MA AssistMary Miller thought she had it figured out. The she took an Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) class at Texas State Technical College and everything changed.

“I was always interested in medicine but I started off majoring in education,” Miller said. “Then I took an A&P class and a biology class and I knew I needed to change to the medical field. I made the decision then to switch majors and I know this is what I want to do and where I need to be.”

Miller will graduate in December from the Medical Assistant Program and on Wednesday took part in a celebration that honored Medical Assistants across the country in honor of Medical Assistants Recognition Week as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Medical assisting is an allied health profession where 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, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations,” states a press release by the AAMA.

Program chair Alicia Lugo said the celebration held at TSTC was held in part to acknowledge the students for the hard work they’ve put in at school.

“We want them to feel appreciated and know that they’re valued here and when they go into the real world,” Lugo said.

Three cohorts gathered for the celebration earlier this week.

One cohort just started this semester, the second group is in their third of four semesters and the third cohort is set to graduate in December.

Brownsville’s Crystal Torres is in her third semester in the program and said she’s learned a lot from the instructors in her time at TSTC.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I’m looking forward to graduating and joining the workforce,” Torres said.

Daniela Flores is a 2010 graduate of Brownsville Hanna and is in her first semester in the program. She’s hoping to find work upon graduating but intends on eventually pursuing a nursing degree.

“This was nice,” Flores said of the celebration. “It’s very motivating.”

For Miller, her education won’t stop here either. She’s already looking into a degree in health administration through Wayland Baptist University at the University Center.

“It’s never a bad thing to continue your education,” Miller said.


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