The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the medical assisting, will celebrate medical assistants’ heroic contribution to health care during Medical Assistants Recognition Week (MARWeek) October 18-22. Medical assistants across the country will be recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day on Wednesday, October 20. This year’s theme, “Not All Heroes Wear Capes,” is in honor of all the medical assistants who have been at the front line of health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“MARWeek is the best time of the year to be a medical assistant because employers show their medical staff appreciation and recognition in various ways to celebrate medical assistants’ role in health care” says Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), CPC, 2021-2022 president of the AAMA. “Medical assistants take on many tasks from administration to clinical duties, and I believe this year’s MARWeek theme ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’ represents that. To honor the medical assistants at your practice, hang up the MARWeek poster, celebrate them through social media, and thank them for their heroic service.”
MARWeek offers employers of medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) an opportunity to recognize the contribution that these professionals make to overall health care delivery effectiveness. Here are a few suggestions for ways to observe the week:
- Present medical assistants with a letter of thanks detailing their achievements and contributions to the organization. Maintain a copy for personnel records.
- Hold a special medical assisting training seminar on company time.
- Dedicate the October issue of your office newsletter to your medical assisting staff, recognizing exceptional efforts and overall contributions.
- Implement new policies for medical assisting staff training, educational assistance, benefits, flex time, or other new programs.
- Offer to display the MARWeek poster in a prominent place in your office.
- Have a special event with all office staff to recognize the efforts of the medical assisting team.
- Have handouts available from the AAMA and invite an AAMA representative from the local chapter or state society to speak.
To access all materials, including observance suggestions, logos and a poster, please visit https://www.aama-ntl.org/news/marweek.
The American Association of Medical Assistants created MARWeek to recognize the contributions these professionals make to overall health care delivery effectiveness. Medical assistants tackle daily tasks with focus and compassion.
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). 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. Certification exams like the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam offer proof that a medical assistant has achieved the highest standards of education and credentialing in the medical assisting field.
For more information, visit www.aama-ntl.org.