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The Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants (OSSMA) is a state affiliate of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). We believe that healthcare changes so quickly, we as professionals are required to maintain our credentials by obtaining education that is relevant and current to our jobs and patient care.
Being a member of the AAMA and State Society provides you with the opportunity to grow knowledge and skills and be a part of your career community.  When you join AAMA, you also gain membership automatically in OSSMA (Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants). Membership Benefits include:  Continuing Education, Discount Conference & Seminar Registration Costs, Scholarships, Employment Networking, Accreditation Information, Legal Advice, Leadership Conference, Online Newsletter, and more!



Aimee Quinn, CMA(AAMA), BSHCA

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It’s hard to believe January is already over, the days are going by so quick!  I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and productive 2023. 


Planning is ongoing for the 2023 OSSMA State Conference, hosted by the West Central Ohio Chapter.   The conference will be held at the Howard Johnson by Wyndham in Lima, Ohio.  You will find the registration in this edition of Helping Hands or on the OSSMA website.    

The Chapter has been working hard and lined up some great speakers.  Thank you to the West Central Chapter for their hard work.  Conference is a great way to network with other CMA (AAMA)’s.  I look forward to seeing you at the conference. 


There are several open Board of Trustee positions available.  The nominating committee has extended the deadline for the consent to serve to February 28th.  If you are interested in holding a position at the state level, please fill out the consent or if you have questions about different positions please reach out. 


Have you checked out the new OSSMA website?  The website went live in December and the committee worked very hard to provide you with as much information as they could in an easy to find manor.  If you haven’t stopped by, take a minute to get a feel for the new site.  You can find it at  You will find all the important information on the site, like the new updated policy handbook. 


I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your State President.  The Ohio State Society is lucky to have so many great mentors in our organization.  Thanks to those that have helped guide me this past year, without you the organization would not be what it is today.


So, in closing, I again challenge those of you who are new graduates or new CMA(AAMA)’s to join the AAMA. I encourage our members to grab a new graduate, a fellow coworker, a friend, or someone just wanting to know more about the OSSMA organization and head to your local chapter or our state meetings. Again, we would love to see new faces getting involved, because one day you will be the future of our organization.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me, I am always willing to share my experiences, answer questions and be a voice for you.

2022-2023 Officers

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Vice President

Judie Alessi, CMA(AAMA)

Northwest Ohio

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Speaker of the House

Amy McMasters, CMA(AAMA)

Northwest Ohio

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Diane Morlock, CMA(AAMA)

Northwest Ohio

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Vice Speaker of the House

Laura Mizicko, CMA(AAMA)


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Carol Watts, CMA(AAMA)


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Immediate Past President

Melanie Shearer, CMA (AAMA)

Cuyahoga County


The medical assistants in Ohio recognized the importance and value of an organization which would best promote the goal of an individual. After four medical assistants from Ohio, had attended a meeting for medical assistants in Kansas City, Kansas in 1956, they wished to form an organization in the state of Ohio that would become a part of the national organization.


A charter meeting was held on April 17-28, 1957 at the Secor Hotel in Toledo, with 77 medical assistants representing 18 communities in Ohio. There were already three chapters organized within the state. After two days of deliberations, a constitution and bylaws was adopted, and the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants came into being. It was the desire of the newly formed organization to seek approval of the Ohio State Medical Association and affiliate with the American Association of Medical Assistants.

During the first year, the organization officially approved the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants on June 8, 1958, which led to affiliation with the AAMA.


  • To enable medical assisting, professionals to enhance and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professionalism required by employers and patients; protect medical assistant’s right to practice; and promote effective, efficient health care delivery through optimal use of multi-skilled Certified Medical Assistants.

  • To inspire its members to render honest, loyal and more efficient service to the medical profession and to the public which it serves.

  • To cooperate with the medical profession in improving the public relations of the medical profession.

  • To provide educational and informative services to, and on behalf of, the members of this Society.


  • ​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 in me.

  • I am dedicated to the care and well-being of all patients.

  • I am loyal to my physician-employer.

  • I am true to the ethics of my profession.

  • I am strengthened by compassion, courage and faith.

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