American Association of Medical Assistants

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American Association of Medical Assistants
1959 Mission Statement
The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to enable medical assisting professionals to enhance and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and professionalism required by employers and patients; protect medical assistants’ right to practice; and promote effective, efficient health care delivery through optimal use of the multiskilled CMA (AAMA). AAMA was incorporated in the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit professional organization. The national headquarters was opened in Chicago, Ill. The Scholarship Fund was started with a $200 contribution from Maxine Williams. It was later named the Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund. A Certification Committee was
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Active membership was opened to any practicing medical assistant who achieved AAMA certification. The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) was engaged as the test consultant for the AAMA certification examinations. Responsibility for the accreditation of one- and two-year medical assisting programs was transferred from the AMA’s Council on Medical Education to the AMA-sponsored but independently operated Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). The AAMA Endowment’s Curriculum Review Board remained the recommending body. Revised Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Assistant were accepted by the AMA Council on Medical Education.

A committee was formed to begin work on a guided home study course. AMA/AAMA filed a petition with the U.S. Office of Education seeking recognition as the official accrediting agency for medical assisting programs.

The Curriculum Review Committee became the Curriculum Review Board.

The U.S. Office of Education recognized AMA/AAMA as an official accrediting agency for medical assisting programs in public and private institutions.

The Continuing Education Board (CEB) was formed. For the first time, the AAMA basic Certification Examination was given twice yearly (in January and June) at test centers nationwide.

The revised certification program, consisting of a basic test plus three
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