Good Afternoon Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants Delegates, Officers and Chapter Presidents:
Tables reserved at the Lookout in Maple Grove on August 19th at 1pm.
If you are a 2018 Delegate, you must attend this meeting! Please do not forget your delegate packet.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. If it is nice, we will sit in the patio area otherwise we will be inside. Reservations are under Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants
The Lookout is located at:
8672 Pineview Lane N
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Fall Conference, 10/13/2018. To be held at Holiday Inn Maple Grove.
More Information to Follow.
Dear Members of the Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants:
Thank you for your support as your newly elected President of the Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants. My name is Dawn Verdon and I look forward to working with you the next two years. I have been a Certified Medical Assistant since 1996; however, I worked as a Medical Assistant for twenty years before becoming certified.
I am a graduate of Willmar Area Vocational-Technical Institute, now known as Ridgewater College. I grew up in SW Minnesota and have lived in the Brainerd Lakes Area since 1991. My husband and I live in Baxter. I have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
My experience as the Program Director and Instructor at Central Lakes College in Staples the past nine years has afforded me the privilege to work with many great students to assist them in becoming Certified Medical Assistants in the field. I loved my various jobs working in clinics for almost thirty years, but after furthering my education to become an elementary school teacher, I taught 3rd and 4th graders for three and a half years before starting the Medical Assistant Program at CLC in Staples. Now I get to teach what I loved doing. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing students attain their educational goals!
Two of my goals as your new president are to build our membership so that those who are new to the field of Medical Assisting are able to keep the passion ignited! Now is your opportunity to consider stepping into a leadership role with MSMA at the regional or state level and run for an office in the future.
The second goal I have is to increase awareness within the healthcare industry of the value of hiring Certified Medical Assistants. We need to promote ourselves!
As Lisa Sailor, your new President-Elect for MSMA stated, â€œThe AAMA is dedicated to preserving our rights and to build a better foundation for us as certified medical assistants.â€ We are committed to working on building membership for the great state of Minnesota! Lisa and I are willing to travel throughout Minnesota to attend your chapter meetings and share our passion as to how we can promote the great career of being a CMA (AAMA).
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the State Board Members if you have questions or concerns.
Wishing you a great summer,
Dawn L. Verdon, MS, CMA (AAMA)
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself as your newly elected President-Elect for the Minnesota Society of Medical Assistants. My name is Lisa Sailor and I have been a Certified Medical Assistant since 1999.
My husband Chad and I have two daughters, Jocelyn (15) and Andraya (11). Both girls are very active in sports. We reside in Zimmerman, Minnesota. My favorite activities include fishing, deer hunting, scrapbooking (invite me to retreats), kickboxing, taking long walks, and spending time with family and friends.
My experience as the Program Director and Laboratory Instructor at Anoka Technical College has helped me to become one of the many great Certified Medical Assistants in the field. I loved my job helping patients in the clinic. I also mentored new Medical Assistant students, who also became great Medical Assistants. I wanted to share my passion by formally educating Medical Assistants, so I became a Medical Assistant instructor at Anoka Technical College in 2010, and was promoted to the Medical Assistant Program Director position in 2011 at the school where I started my passion.
It is my desire to work hard every day to better the Medical Assistant Program and encourage students to be the best medical assistants out there. I am familiar with how great it feels to overcome fears and challenges to succeed! I want to continue to use my creativity to help future medical assistants become excited, give them hope, and help them reach their educational and personal goals.
Each year I set new goals. One of my goals is to help students succeed on their educational path, especially students who are new to higher education and to the healthcare industry.
The AAMA is dedicated to preserving our rights and to build a better foundation for us as medical assistants. Dawn Verdon, President, and I are committed to working on building membership for the great state of Minnesota!
If you have questions, concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Lisa Sailor, MS, CMA (AAMA)
Another successful MN State Society of Spring Conference has concluded. Watch for updated chapter presidents, state society officers, and delegate changes. Thank you all for your attendance! Congratulations to the new elected officials!
MSMA Spring Conference is underway. Yesterday we listened to representatives, Tim Miller and Matt Dean speak about MN Health Insurance. Learned a lot of what goes on in the House of Representatives in regards to health care issues regarding Minnesotans! We also learned about about a InterStim to treat urinary incontinence and frequency! We also had a chapter meetings! It has been a great day thus far and only see it getting better! Wish you were here!!!!!
One more day until the MSMA Spring Conference! Behind the scenes individuals have been working together to bring this event to you. It truly does take a committee. There is so much to do, but when it all comes together, a lot of emotions come to mind; excitement, relief, nervousness, plus everything in between. We need to find speakers, pick the venue, food, decorations and so much more. Contact your local chapter officers if you would like to help plan a conference; whether it be fall or spring!
See you all tomorrow in at Jackpot Junction in Morton, MN!
We are two days away from the MN State Society of Medical Assistants Spring Conference! Welcome new attendees and returning faces. One bonus of attending the conferences includes getting the re-certifying credits. Another great reason is making new friends and catching up with old ones! Also you can learn a lot about the organization! Attend chapter meetings at the conferences. If there are additional chapter meeting times outside of the conferences you can attend those too, they are posted on this website. Tomorrow I will be posting to let you know about another FUN way to be involved, party planners this is your calling!
Friday Evening(4/20) CEU on insurance to take place at 7pm instead of 6pm.
Social hour is at 6pm. Meet and greet leaders of MN State Society Medical Assistant and of local chapters. Learn about the different ways you can be involved!
We are three days away from the MN State Society of Medical Assistants Spring Conference! We are always seeking help in national, state or chapter organizations. Who else is going to protect and find ways to better our profession? Today I am going to share with you the different elective offices in the chapters and what they entail. Each chapter includes members in different regions of the state. There is a much better breakdown of this on our web page, http://www.mnsma.org/chapters. Each chapter has a President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. In some chapters the Secretary and Treasures may be a combined position. There are rules to be an officer such as being an active member; must be AAMA Certified and dues paid to the AAMA must be current. Terms of office may be one or two years upon the chapter. See the following offices in the chapter as below:
Contact your chapter president if you are interested in an elected position. To hold an elected office in the state society, you have must have held that office at a chapter level. For example, if you want to be president of MN State Society of Medical Assistants, you must have held that position at a chapter level. Also each chapter, along with the state society has bylaws, which act as a guideline as how to the organizations are run. If you would like a copy of the bylaws, contact your chapter leaders. Tomorrow we will discuss ways to get involved if you are not quite ready to take on an elected position. Stay tuned!
We are four days away from the MN State Society of Medical Assistants Spring Conference! We are always seeking help in national, state or chapter organizations. Who else is going to protect and find ways to better our profession? Don"t think you have enough time, think again! Myself, I am the PR/Website Committee Chair and doing this at 9pm! Of course I work full time, enjoy my family time and me time also!!
There are several committees you can join at the state level. I will highlight them below:
you are interested in joining any of these committees or have more questions,
go to webpage, http://www.mnsma.org/officers/#chairs,
for the appropriate committee chair to contact.
Tomorrow we will discuss involvement at the chapter levels that help prepare you for the state level roles. Stay tuned!
Chapters please bring door prizes to upcoming MSMA Spring Conference!
Chapter treasurers to bring financial books to MSMA Spring Conference. Give to Susan Mugrdechian, MSMA Treasurer, to review. If chapter treasurer not attending, make sure financial books get to MSMA Spring Conference!
We are five days away from the MN State Society of Medical Assistants Spring Conference! The calendar may say spring, but not so sure Mother Nature agrees! We are always seeking member involvement tin national, state or chapter organizations. Who else is going to protect and find ways to better our profession? For the next five days, I am going to highlight ways you can be involved in the American Association Medical Assistants, MN State Chapter of Medical Assistants, and the local chapters. Please note state and local chapters are affiliated with the AAMA.
Here is your big opportunity! Attend the American Association of Medical Assistant National Conference as a delegate! As a delegate, you are elected by the members of the MN State Society of Medical Assistants to represent their positions on a variety of issues discussed in House of Delegates. The Delegates than vote on issues brought before the House of Delegates and elect candidates for the national office. The Board of Trustees (BOT) than implements the policies established by the majority vote of delegates. Also a delegate gives direction to the Board of Trustees that effects your profession, and therefore you! The American Association of Medical Assistants National Conference takes place Sept, 14-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are interested in being a delegate, contact the nominating committee chairs, Laurie Murphy via email, email@example.com or Cherie Miller via email, Cherie.Miller@ ridgewater.edu for more information!
Tomorrow we will discuss the different committees of the MN State Society of Medical Assistants that volunteer their time for the profession of the Certified Medical Assistant!
Jackpot Junction Convention Center
39375 County HWY 24
Morton, MN 56270
Requested attendance includes the following,
Please send Chena (firstname.lastname@example.org) an electronic version of chapter and committee reports by April 16th.
Registration late fee has been waived. Continue to register for the Spring Conference to be held April 20-22 at Jackpot Junction! Registration forms can be emailed to you upon request by emailing Lisa, email@example.com