Medical Assistants Recognition Week – October 17 – 21, 2016
Every third full week in October Medical Assistants Recognition Week is celebrated as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (@AAMAOfficial). Medical assistants across the country are recognized during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Recognition Day. This year Medical Assistants Recognition Day will be on October 19th. Tweet This
Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.
American Association of Medical Assistants
The American Association of Medical Assistants was co-founded by Maxine Williams in 1956. Ms. Williams started the AAMA because she believed that an organization of medical office employees would be beneficial the the field of health care. Today, the AAMA continues to be the only association devoted solely to the medical assisting profession. The organization serves the professional interests and educational needs of medical assistants. It provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there. 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the AAMA.
The theme of the 2016 Medical Assistants Recognition Week campaign is “Medical Assistants at the Heart of Health Care.” In order to help spread the message the AAMA provides materials online or some that can be mailed to you by request. Offices and organizations can download and use the MARWeek logo and posters. They also have a sample press release to use if you are planning local events or activities in honor of medical assistants. Finally, if you are unsure of how to best celebrate your employees or co-workers, AAMA provides a list of suggestions including everything from small gifts or bonuses to a paid day off to use when needed.