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AAMA appoints Julie Flaatten, CMA (AAMA), RN, EMT, as President

1888 Press Release - The American Association of Medical Assistants has installed Julie Flaatten, a resident of Greenwood, Wisconsin, as its 2016-2017 president. Flaatten will represent medical assistants nationwide in her role.

Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI - The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Reston, Virginia for its 60th Annual Conference. Julie Flaatten, CMA (AAMA), RN, EMT, was installed as the 2016-2017 AAMA President. In this capacity, President Flaatten, a resident of Greenwood, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) across the nation.

Medical assisting is one of the nation's careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical assistants work in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.

President Flaatten states, "It is an honor and privilege to serve the AAMA and its members during this time of transition we are seeing in health care delivery. Medical assistants play an integral role as allied health professionals committed to continuing education, and are making a significant impact on health care delivery to our patients and providers. My goal as president is to lead my fellow board members and continue to promote the AAMA and the value of the CMA (AAMA) credential to the health care community."

Flaatten brings a great deal of experience to her office. She has been in the health care field for 33 years, currently working for Marshfield Clinic. She has worked in family practice and cardiology and currently works in the internal medicine department. She was team leader at the Marshfield Clinic Cadott Center from 2009 to 2015. Flaatten has also been an EMT for the Greenwood Area Ambulance Service since 2003.

Flaatten has served in many capacities for the AAMA, including stints as Trustee and Secretary-Treasurer. She has also served on the Bylaws and Resolutions, Strategic Issues Planning, Membership, Leadership Development, Awards, Documents, and Maxine Williams Scholarship committees.

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)-or CMA (AAMA)-credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the AAMA.

The CB of the AAMA was awarded accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) under ISO 17024, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, thus ensuring the CMA (AAMA) represents a world class certification.

The CMA (AAMA) Certification Program remains accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)-an accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Consequently, the CB and its CMA (AAMA) Certification Program are the only medical assisting certifying body and certification program (respectively) that hold accreditation under both IAS and the NCCA.

A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) also is the only certification that requires postsecondary education. Only candidates who graduate from an accredited postsecondary medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) must recertify every five years. The National Board of Medical Examiners-responsible for many national examinations for physicians-serves as test consultant for the examination. As a result, the reliability and validity of the CMA (AAMA) credential are of the highest order.

Certification status is a matter of public record and may be released. Every day the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification-for both current and potential employees.


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