The Vance-Granville Community College Student Association of Medical Assistants (SAMA) recently elected officers for the 2017-18 academic year. The association is made of up students in the Medical Assisting program, based at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus. This year’s officers include President Morgan Edwards of Creedmoor, Vice President Jessica Ruffin of Franklinton, Secretary Brittney Hawkins of Henderson, Treasurer Ebony Terry of Franklinton, and Co-Historians Erica Tunstall of Warrenton and Patricia Judkins of Louisburg.
The purpose of SAMA is to promote the health profession of Medical Assisting and to promote health education in the college’s four-county service area. Members may attend meetings of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and engage in service projects.
VGCC offers both a one-year diploma and a two-year associate degree in Medical Assisting, an allied health profession whose multi-skilled practitioners perform administrative, clinical and lab procedures. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest-growing occupations in America. As VGCC’s program is nationally accredited, graduates are eligible to sit for the AAMA certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. For more information about Medical Assisting, call instructor Patrice Allen at the Franklin Campus at (919) 496-1567.
Above: VGCC SAMA officers include, from left, Secretary Brittney Hawkins, Treasurer Ebony Terry, Co-Historian Erica Tunstall, President Morgan Edwards, Co-Historian Patricia Judkins and Vice President Jessica Ruffin. They are pictured in front of the bulletin board that students created to celebrate “Medical Assistants Recognition Week” (Oct. 16-20) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (VGCC photo)