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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


This year is flying by, its crazy to think Christmas is just around the corner!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


The Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants has so much to be thankful for this year.  I would like to thank Cuyahoga and Summit County Chapters for hosting the Fall Education Seminar and Board Meeting.  I have only heard good things about the education that was presented.     

The National AAMA Conference was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where Ohio exceled.   


  • Deborah Novak, CMA(AAMA) was installed as the AAMA National President.  We are so proud of Deb and all her great accomplishments. 

  • Aimee Wicker, CMA(AAMA) has moved to Speaker of the House.  This year's House of Delegates was very well run, and we look forward to seeing what next year brings! 

  • Natasha Rodgers, CMA(AAMA) will be serving her second year on the Board of Trustees. 


We are so lucky to have these wonderful ladies as representatives for the State of Ohio.  The wealth of knowledge they hold is a great asset to Ohio and bringing up future leaders in the organization.  


The awards banquet brought another great night for the State of Ohio: 


  • Diana Rogers, CMA(AAMA) won an Excel Award in Publishing for the Helping Hands Newsletter. Congratulations Diana on a wonderful job and for all your hard work on the Helping Hands.  Fun Fact:  Diana won this award in two different states this year! 

  • Judy Harlan, CMA(AAMA) was a nominee for mentor of the year, unfortunately she did not win but she is definitely worth mentioning.  If you get the chance to sit down with Judy, take it, she is a delight and full of so much knowledge!  Congratulations on your nomination Judy, it was much deserved. 

  • Melanie Shearer, CMA(AAMA) received the prestigious Golden Apple Award.  This award is given to an educator who has been nominated by supervisors and peers as a result of the nominee’s outstanding dedication to and accomplishments in the field of medical assisting education.  The State of Ohio is lucky to have Melanie paving the future of new Medical Assistants.  Congratulations Melanie! 


Representatives from the OSSMA attended as Delegates at the House of Delegates.  The conference was well attended with some great educational opportunities and networking. 


We have several big projects ongoing within the organization, rebuilding the OSSMA website and updating the OSSMA policy handbook.  Hopefully the new website will be up and ready in December along with the Policy handbook. 


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. 


Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President!

Aimee Quinn, CMA(AAMA), BSHCA

2022-2023 OSSMA President


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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