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The new OSSMA President was inducted at the 2013 State Conference in Boardman, OH during the Saturday evening Installation Banquet. The following is the inaugural speech given by the current OSSMA President, Mary Elizabeth Browder, who began her presidency at this year’s Conference.
“Many of you, who know me, know that I lead with my heart. When I was contemplating what I wanted to address here I went over in my memory so many others that have gone before me. If I came up here and spoke without bringing who I am into this, I would not be me. Everyone has spoken of their goals, which I will do, but in order to understand our goals we need to know who we are, where we came from, and what brought us here. The OSSMA has been instrumental in growing me as a CMA and a Medical Assisting Educator. Judy Harlan CMA (AAMA), has always been my OSSMA “go to” person, she has guided me in this organization and she has supported me, unconditionally. Loxie Kistler, Ed.D., CMA(AAMA), without a doubt, has been more instrumental in guiding me as a CMA and a Medical Assisting Educator then anyone. Many of the faces of OSSMA have guided me encouraged me and held me to the standard that makes our state society one of the best. That is what our profession is about, caring for those who need our help. Being the advocate for the patient, when they don’t understand and they are confused; encouraging new Medical Assistants to strive to be the best and to continue to learn and grow.
The profession of Medical Assisting believed in me and I believed, for the first time in my life I found my niche. The medical assisting profession has provided more foundation and purpose then I could have ever imagined. Each and every one of you has chosen this profession, not because it was the highest paying job, or even because it is the easiest job, but it is because it provided you with a purpose.
We all have a purpose. There comes a time in our lives, whether it is early on…or later, when we find our niche. When we decide what is really important. Think back when you first decided to become a Medical Assistant, what drove you to study all those medical terms and learn the anatomy and ALL those billing codes!! What kept you going when you couldn’t figure out how you were ever going to be able to find a vein in an arm that you couldn’t see or feel??? What kept you going? What is central in everyone’s mind is the desire to help others, whether a family member was very ill or you were, something or someone touched you and the desire was born.
Do we get frustrated? Of course! Who doesn’t? Do we want to throw in the towel and just give up? Why do we come to these conferences? Why do we attend local meetings? Why do we sit through endless seminar after seminar to retain our certification? We have a PURPOSE! That purpose keeps us going. Our purpose is to advocate for the patient, their families, and our fellow CMAs. Our purpose is to support, encourage and grow each other.
What is the purpose of OSSMA? Is it to make sure the bylaws match up and all the wording is clear? Is it to make sure the House of Delegates follows parliamentary procedure? Is it is to determine who will be sitting at the head table? Is it to pay our dues or to have letters behind our name? They are all important, however, the purpose of OSSMA is to support, encourage and define the CMA in the state of Ohio. Our bylaws, the parliamentary procedures, dues and our leaders create the foundation from which we build our true purpose. We have the 2nd largest membership (next to NC). Yet, to look at the map, we are the 34th out of 50 states in land area (NC is 28th). We have the responsibility to be the advocates for all the CMAs, RMAs and MAs throughout the state. OSSMA’s purpose is to support, encourage, and grow the CMA and as the future of the OSSMA you all are held to the same standards as those that came before and you will define our future.
From our public policy committee to our strategic planning committee to our ways and means committee we have one purpose and that is to further the CMA as we enter a time of change in health care. The patients need an advocate to guide them and to support them in their health care needs. We need each other to support and guide each other, where one of us fails, the another will lift us up. The OSSMA is one body, with many parts, each as important as the other. Just as the heart needs the lungs we need each other. We need to know our individual strengths and weaknesses in order to make the whole stronger and to forge ahead as many states are questioning the ability and qualifications of the CMA. We need to question when something isn’t quite right. If we don’t know the answer, we need to find it or find someone who knows the answers. None of us can do this alone.
CMAs are more than the heart of health care but the soul of the medical office, the urgent care, the Medical Assisting classroom. Every patient we encounter, every hand that we hold, every CMA we encourage, we are building health care. I challenge each of you, for every angry patient, for every time a physician yells, or for every time you don’t get that raise, to remember why we are doing what we do. We are CMAs for the physician who depends on us knowing their move before they do, for the new CMA who needs encouragement and guidance to excel and for that patient who needs that hand to hold when their whole world is falling apart and you may be all they have at that moment. Our purpose is clear this year continue to support, encourage and grow each other. If you need me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer any question I can, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find it. We are all in this together, no one is greater than the other, but together we can do amazing things.”
The Sunday morning Memorial Service for our members that have passed included a tribute to Ms. June Kyle by current member, Ms. Clare Ley. Ms. Kyle passed away at the age of 94 peacefully on March 20, 2013. Ms. Kyle was a resident of Boardman, OH for most of her life and was an active member in OSSMA. Those that knew her were touched by her grace and elegance. Ms. Clare Ley took us all through a wonderful journey through Ms. Kyle’s OSSMA memories and we are all better for getting to know her a little better.
The Heart of Rock and Roll BEATS in Cleveland! See the Cuyahoga County Chapter’s preview presentation from the President’s Luncheon here. (Special thanks to Franklin County Chapter for the video upload from their Facebook page.)
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“That’s A LOT of pasta!”
This was recently overheard at our President’s Luncheon which took place at the OSSMA State Conference. Following the introduction of Past Presidents, the Tri-County Chapter Representative, J. Burley, gave the introduction and welcome.
A meal of salad, breads, pasta with meatballs and chicken, and mousse was served. While dessert was being served, recognition of Board and Committee Members were done, as well as the announcements of the winners of chapter awards. Scholarship winners for the Mary Buckley Scholarship were also announced.
Finally, the many gift basket winners were announced.
Find snippets of the recognition ceremony and Procession of Past Presidents at the links below:
The Faces of Medical Assisting is the theme for this year’s OSSMA Conference and we sure have seen a variety of medical assistants from all over Ohio and Pennsylvania! Students, recent grads, mid-career MAs, and retirees have all made the trip to Boardman to take part in continuting education, the House of Delegates, and comraderie with other MAs. Today’s festivities include the President’s Luncheon, which will include the prize distribution from the Mary Buckley Basket Scholarship Raffle, the TRI-County Chapter Basket Ways and Means Raffle, the OSSMA Membership Raffle, and the Free Night Stay Raffle donated by the Holiday Inn, Boardman. Concluding the Luncheon will be a preview of next year’s conference which will be hosted by the Cuyahoga County Chapter in Cleveland. It’s really going to be an exciting time!
Tonight’s activites will include the Installation Banquet where the new incoming officers will be inducted. This symbolic event will serve as the passing of the torch from our 2012-2013 President, Sherry Brewer, CMA-AC (AAMA), to Mary Browder, CMA(AAMA) as well as announce our newest officers. We are truly thankful to all of the current Board members, Delegates, and OSSMA members for their time and dedication to the OSSMA and the AAMA.
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- Must be a graduate from an accredited Medical Assistant Program
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