Month: September 2015

A Medical Assistant is one who feels deeply, her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter.

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For Katherine (Kathy), Schoonhoven, (Certified Medical Assistant, AAMA) caretaker was a role that found her while still too young to be employed in the medical field. She took on the responsibility of caring for her mother after a breast cancer diagnosis, then her brother was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Naturally, she assumed the responsibility of caring for him, but as a result, her brother encouraged her to pursue a career in health care after recognizing her gift for healing.

“I believe being in health care you have to want to help, educate, advocate, and lend a compassionate ear”.  “You definitely have to love all kinds of people with different personalities and, at times, they come to you at their most vulnerable time in their life.”Contact Information: schoonhoven@frontier.com

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Katherine Schoonhoven

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke 

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You. 

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Lawrence Laganelli Producer/Administrator  

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Overcoming the complex barriers, circumstance and obstacle that hinders the development of medical assisting students and the program.

Coffeyville Kansas has experienced a slow and steady population decline since around 1960, when its population peaked at more than 17,000, now 10,000. Changes in industry and oil production have caused a loss of jobs in the area, and residents have moved to get work, but  in the midst of this community is Coffeyville Community College and Christina Tucker Sibley. It is the professional character of people like Christina Tucker Sibley that have made a difference in the lives of people and the community

.A Personal Note By  Christina Tucker Sibley  EMT, RMA, Medical Assisting Instructor at Coffeyville Community College

In Kansas, Medical Assistants are given almost no limitations, at a state level, as long as we are working under our practitioners orders. I think one of the biggest problems, at least here, isn't that we are not allowed to do things at a (state) legal level but that most providers and office/hospital administrators don't know what MA's can do. They are ignorant, if you will, of both the Medical Assisting profession and the laws of their own state. I've seen this first hand both working in offices and trying to set up clinical sites at offices/hospitals. They are often astonished to learn the amount of skills that MA's are trained and legally able to perform. As far as the professional reputation/perception of the MA...I agree with Steven Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we influence people by our character, habitual professional (and personal) actions, and overall behavior. We can talk until we are blue in the face about how we are professionals and educated but our actions and physical presence speak the loudest for us. We have to show them that we are not only as good as anyone else, but leave them wondering if we might even be better! We don't do this through talking ourselves up or putting others down but by BEING the ideal and indispensable MA every minute of every day. Respect is earned. You know if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck; it must be a duck? We have to work within our own personal circle of influence to change the perceptions of those around us, via our actions, in the hopes that it will spread from there.

Contact information: christinatucker11@gmail.com

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke 

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You. 

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Lawrence Laganelli Producer/Administrator  

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Being a Patient
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Imagine you are a patient, anxiously sitting in a waiting room, your heart beating, as thoughts, images, and voices of recent opinions by other medical specialists are flashing through your mind.

At times, a patient hopelessly walks away once a doctor has made up his or her mind about a patient's condition. During a time of critical need, when all else has failed, a patient desperately prays to hear “I believe I can help you.

After being diagnosed with an undiagnosed condition, life became a living hell. Jessica Deary talks about her experience and how it changed  her life. Now she is on a mission to awaken healthcare, understanding of the human condition of being a patient.

British physician and author Jane Wilson-Howarth stated that “Even doctors — or perhaps especially doctors — need to be touched by something personally to understand the suffering of others.

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Jessica Deary, MBA, President (AdvocarePA) , Healthcare Speaker & Trainer and Patient Advocate:

My passion lies in improving the patient experience by sharing my first hand knowledge and truly unique perspective of healthcare, derived from experience as a business strategist, legislative professional, healthcare provider, patient advocate and, most importantly, a long term patient, with healthcare providers, caretakers and other patients.

Contact Information LinkedIn jessdeary@comcast.net

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke 

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You. 

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Lawrence Laganelli Producer/Administrator  

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Victoria Adewale medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals her findings after a 3 year intensive authorized Brown University clinical research study of the Medical Assisting Profession

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  • Proposed meaningful use of a Medical Assistant
  • Reevaluating the Medical Assistants education
  • What is the professional/Social obligation of the Medical Assistant
  • A grassroots movement: recreating a unified Medical Assistant image/brand

  Contact Information

 Email: victoria_adewale@brown.edu LinkedIn

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke 

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You. 

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Lawrence Laganelli Producer/Administrator  

JOIN AND SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE with 7000 members!

My Contact Information: lawrencelaganelli@insidemedicalassisting.com