Society of Medical Assistants
A group of “trained on the job” medical assistants from Kansas City known as the “Society of Medical Assistants of Kansas City” initiated a gathering of medical assistants from different States in America to form an organization now known as American Association of Medical Assistants. The gathering was attended by seventy-eight representatives from fifteen States across America. A year later the charter meeting was attended by 250 medical assistants.
In the present days, because of the high demand of certified medical assistants, the American Association of Medical Assistants formed society of medical assistants on almost every state in the United States of America. And with the formation of the society of medical assistants, the American Association of Medical Assistants were able to keep track of its members (the certified medical assistants) and keep the abreast of the latest development and changes in the health care service industry.
A society for medical assistants is created for many different purposes. The most essential purpose is to enable the professionals of the medical assisting profession to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, wisdom and professionalism that patients and employers need. A society of medical assistants is also responsible for the protection of the medical assistant’s right to practice. The society of medical assistant is responsible for the promotion of effective health care service and efficient health care delivery by using the most advantageous means and skills of a certified medical assistant.
All of the societies of medical assistants under the American Association of Medical Assistants must uphold professional identity and importance of its members in the medical assistance industry by educating them and giving additional credentials.
Each society of medical assistants has their own code of ethics in supporting its members. Not only does a particular society of medical assistant assist medical assistants on their own state, it will also try to assists medical assistants from another state depending on the situation. For example, if a certain member of a particular society of medical assistants is looking for employment opportunity, the society will help the medical assistant in landing a job.
These societies of medical assistants provide positive awareness to its members. Each of these societies of medical assistants is a non profit organization. They help keep the certification status of their members by recertifying them by making them acquire sixty continuing education units (contact hours) or letting them retake the initial certification examination every five years. There are lots of ways in attaining these credits for recertification. A member can either attend CMA meetings, conventions and seminars.
In some states, medical assistants are required to have an authorization by the state; thereby authorizing the medical assistant in performing allergy test, needle injections, etc.