The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, an AAMA/MSMA Code of Ethics & Creed.
AAMA Medical Assistant Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics of the American Association of Medical Assistants shall set forth principles of ethical and moral conduct as they relate to the medical profession and the particular practice of medical assisting. Members of AAMA dedicated to the conscientious pursuit of their profession, and thus desiring to merit the high regard of the entire medical profession and the respect of the general public which they serve, do pledge themselves to strive always to: ender service with full respect for the dignity of humanity; respect confidential information obtained through employment unless legally authorized or required by responsible performance of duty to divulge such information; uphold the honor and high principles of the profession and accept its disciplines; seek to continually improve the knowledge and skills of medical assistants for the benefit of patients and professional colleagues; participate in additional service activities aimed toward improving the health and well-being of the community.
AAMA Medical Assistant Creed
I believe in the principles and purposes of the profession of medical assisting. I endeavor to be more effective. I aspire to render greater service. I protect the confidence entrusted to me. I am dedicated to the care and well-being of all people. I am loyal to my employer. I am true to the ethics of my profession. I am strengthened by compassion, courage and faith. AAMA/MSMA Mission Statement AAMA Mission Statement
The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to enable medical assisting professionals to enhance and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professionalism required by employers and patients; protect medical assistants' right to practice; and promote effective, efficient health care delivery through optimal use of multiskilled Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs).
Certification and Recertification
Networking Opportunities Join Now and Start Making a Difference The key to enjoying the advantages of AAMA membership is belonging. Find out how to become a member. The entire enrollment process takes just a few minutes, but you'll reap a lifetime of benefits. Employment of medical assistants is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. It is one of the fastest growing occupations. Your numbers are growing.
The demand for your unique expertise is increasing, as are the complexities of your profession. The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is here to keep you abreast of changes in the health care delivery field, to protect your right to practice, and to help make your job easier. We're growing with you. Thousands of medical assistants join the AAMA each year. The AAMA is the only association in the world devoted exclusively to the medical assisting profession. Since its inception in 1955, membership has expanded to over 325 local chapters, pning 43 states. AAMA members are your peers and colleagues.
They comprise practicing medical assistants, medical assisting educators, students, and others interested in the profession. In addition, scores of physicians serve the AaMA at the chapter, state and national levels. When you join the AAMA you are investing in your career and your future. And, you are strengthening an association that has your professional interests at heart. Publications that Tap the Knowledge of Experts AAMA members automatically receive a subscription to CMA Today, the association's bimonthly publication, which provides educational articles, current medical news, health policy updates, and association happenings.
Members also receive discounts on the AAMA's self-study courses, written on topics pertient to medical assisting.
Certification and Recertification: To Demonstrate Knowledge of the Profession The AAMA Certifying Board awards the prestigious CMA (AAMA) credential to graduates of CAAHEP- or ABHES-accredited medical assisting programs who have successfully completed the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The examination is administered by the highly respected National Board of Medical Examiners.
It is mandatory for a CMA (AAMA) to recertify every 60 months to demonstrate knowledge and keep their CMA (AAMA) current. The recertification requirement can be met by examination or through continuing education. A CMA (AAMA) employed or seeking employment must have current certified status to use the CMA (AAMA) credential in connection with employment.
Continuing Education: Strengthen Professional Skills and Advance Knowledge Local chapters and state societies of the AAMA sponsor seminars and workshops on the latest administrative, clinical and management topics.
On the national level, AAMA offers CMA Today continuing education articles, conference workshops and self-study courses. All offer the opportunity to earn AAMA continuing education units (CEUs) for recertification credit and professional growth.
Right-to-Practice Monitoring: The AAMA's legal counsel works diligently to protect the medical assistant's right to practice. Member Discounts Attractive member rates are available for workshop and seminar fees, self-study courses, credit cards, loans, conferences, and more. Group Insurace
Members receive special rates for professional liability, life, cancer expense, disability income, catastrophic health care, accidental death and disability insurance. Annual Conference The AAMA conference is packed full of continuing education workshops that carry CEU credit for topics targeting aspects of the profession and appealing to the medical assisting clinician, administrator, manager or educator. Networking Opportunities Participation in the AAMA provides members with the opportunity to share and learn from peers right in their own community and nationwide.