President’s Final Message
Thank you for your participation with NYSSMA for the last two years. In two weeks, we will have new leaders, and I hope you will choose to participate once again.
It’s been a busy few months, with preparing for the upcoming convention, assisting a chapter or two, answering many emails from non members asking how to get certified, and staying in the loop about a proposed bill regarding our scope of practice. There will be more details following our convention.
The web site has been a busy place for non members and their questions—usually about the scope of practice (or lack of) and how practicing medical assistants can get certified. I was at a meeting recently, and the office manager spoke about this wonderful medical assistant that they have, but unfortunately she has taken the CMA twice and didn’t pass. The office requires certification for all of their medical assistants, and if she is unable to pass the test this time, she will be out of a job.
Students: study a little bit every day so that you can pass that exam and get the job you want. Take the sample tests from the AAMA web site, and ask your instructor about a boot camp (to review for the test) or about other sites you can go to take sample tests. Certification does matter.
We are delighted to have Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA (AAMA’s Chief Executive Officer) as our national representative for this year’s convention. While at the convention, Mr. Balasa will speak about a proposed piece of legislation regarding our scope of practice. This will be a very important part of the convention. There’s still a little time to register for the convention. Details are on this web site. This is open to members, non-members, students, instructors and insurance provider relations representatives and others.
If you are in need of last minute CEUs, the NYSSMA 57th Annual Convention is offering 12 CEUs. If you can only come on Saturday, you can still earn 6 CEUs, and join us for Painting with a Twist (a little group therapy).
I was able to attend the 50th Annual Seminar of Erie Chapter in March. They do a great job, and pay attention to every detail. Congratulations to the members of Erie Chapter for a job well done.
We tried something new—and had two educators and a student on the Executive Board. We believe that it worked, and we will probably do it again.
I represented NYSSMA at the AAMA Conference in September, and shared much information with our members at the conclusion of that meeting.
What can you do to become an active member of your chapter and/or NYSSMA? Start by attending a chapter meeting. If your local chapter isn’t holding meetings, contact the NYSSMA President to see how your chapter become more active. If your chapter is meeting and looking for volunteers to serve on committees or as an officer—give it a try. Membership can be rewarding in so many ways. It looks good on a resume’, it allows for great networking, leadership in the chapter can be a stepping stone for leadership in NYSSMA or AAMA and also within your work place.
One of the greatest benefits is the people that you meet. I’ve been a member for almost 35 years, and I have met some of my dearest friends through this organization.
I will continue to serve on the education committee, and would love to share a NYSSMA seminar in your area. We would also like to present student seminars in your region. Please contact me if you are interested.
I have enjoyed being involved with our Public Affairs Committee and I will continue to chair that committee. If you are experiencing any problems, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Good Luck to our incoming officers and committees.
Thank you again for your participation in your organization. Thank you to the NYSSMA & Chapter leaders, to the wonderful folks that have served on committees and to our web master, Bill Arnold for his patience with our changes and my pages of questions.
I wish you all well,
Paula Guidozzoli, CMA♥
NYSSMA President 2015-2016
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