As with most professionals, there is an organization designed to aid those who choose a career in medical assisting. The American Association of Medical Assistants has been in operation since the mid nineteen fifties and since then as grown into a valued resource for anyone who has an interest in this field.
Joining The AAMA
There is a cost associated with joining this organization and it is typically dependent on several factors. A certified medical assistant will pay a different fee than someone who is currently still immersed in their studies. Also, each state has a different fee schedule in place, so it’s advised that anyone interested in joining the organization ask about the fees that are required in the area in which they live.
Dues are required each year and when you join will impact when your membership will expire. If you happen to join before May of any calendar year, you can expect yours to expire at the end of December of that same year. If you join after the beginning of May, your registration will be valid until the December of the following year. Obviously this makes joining in the latter half of the year a more economical choice.
There are several different types of members in the American Association of Medical Assistants. The first one that is offered is an active one. This applies to anyone who is a medical assistant and also anyone who has kept their membership active.
The next type of membership is an affiliate member. To qualify for this particular type of membership an individual generally doesn’t have their certification and they don’t fall within the parameters set forth for the other types of memberships.
An associate member hasn’t yet taken the examination needed for them to be certified but are still doing the medical assistant training. The people who usually apply as an associate member are those who just recently finished their studies and are awaiting the date of their exam.
AAMA Membership Benefits
Student memberships have some restrictions that go along with them. One restriction is that a student membership cannot go beyond a three year time period. Also the person applying under a student membership must be actively enrolled in school to become a medical associate.
An honorary membership is a special membership that applies to someone who isn’t in the field of medical assisting however they are committed to helping those who are. Doctors or registered nurses often fall into this category as do educators.
All the benefits of membership as an american association of medical assistants are clear and anyone who is considering entering this profession would do well to apply for membership. In addition to discounts on training and conferences, members are also able to network with others who have chosen the same career as them.