AAMA Elects Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), as Secretary-Treasurer

Press Release updated: Nov 1, 2017 08:00 ADT

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Cincinnati, Ohio for its 61st Annual Conference. Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), was elected as the 2017–2019 AAMA Secretary-Treasurer. In this capacity, Secretary-Treasurer Licurs, a resident of Gaffney, South Carolina, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) across the nation.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical assistants work in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.

Secretary-Treasurer Licurs states, “It is such an honor to be chosen for this role and to help serve medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA) nationwide. Our profession is integral to the delivery of quality health care, and I plan to work to increase recognition of all that CMAs (AAMA) have to offer.”

Licurs brings a great deal of experience to her office. She has been in the health care field for 31 years, currently working for Medical Group of the Carolinas­–Vascular Access Services as a medical assistant. She previously worked for Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for over 24 years in various positions including a dark room tech, medical secretary, medical transcriptionist, and as a medical assistant for James Hunter, MD, and Larry Puls, MD, in gynecologic oncology.

Licurs has served on many committees and strategy teams for the AAMA, including a term as chair of the Strategic Issues Planning Committee, as well as stints on the Health Information Technology Committee, Conference Continuing Education Sessions Task Force, Professional Awareness and Expansion Task Force, Partnership Task Force, Membership Development Strategy Team, Leadership and Mentoring Strategy Team, and the Nominating Committee.

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)—or CMA (AAMA)—credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the AAMA. The CB of the AAMA was awarded accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) under ISO 17024, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, representing powerful evidence of quality, efficiency, and safety.

A rigorous credential, the CMA (AAMA) is the only certification that requires college-level education. Only candidates who graduate from an accredited medical assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination maintains physician-quality exam standards. It is the only medical assisting exam that uses the National Board of Medical Examiners to construct and administer the exam. As a result, the reliability and validity of the CMA (AAMA) credential are of the highest order.

Certification status is a matter of public record and may be released. Every day the AAMA responds to more than 100 employer requests for CMA (AAMA) certification verification—for both current and potential employees.

The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

Media Contact:  
Christopher R. Tomke
AAMA MarCom Manager
[email protected]

Source: American Association of Medical Assistants

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