Externships are an important component of every medical assisting student’s program at American National University, providing real life experience in a medical office. For Danville, Kentucky graduate Lindsey Parker, her externship was a gateway to her first job in the field, as it gave her the opportunity to prove her skills to family practitioner Dr. Leo Rogers.
”I’m very, very excited about it,” Lindsey enthused regarding the job offer that she received during her externship. “[One member of the office staff] told me that they were impressed because I had so much knowledge about everything. I think that has a lot to do with [director of health care education] Stephanie Slone and our clinical classes that we took. We only had about twelve people in the room, so we really worked one-on-one.”
Before coming to ANU, Lindsey had been out of high school for about a year when she came to the realization that she wasn’t going to be able to find a good-paying job without a degree. “I was trying to get into a career-type of [job], but I found out that no one was going to hire [me] without a college education,” she shared. “I decided to look into schools, and I chose American National University just from the size of the classes.”
After passing the exam to become a registered medical assistant (RMA), Lindsey began working as a member of Dr. Rogers’s staff. She feels that she made the right decision in continuing her education at ANU. “It’s definitely changed my life,” she said. “I’m really glad that I came back [to school].”
A- Lindsey Parker was hired during her externship at Dr. Leo Rogers’s Family Practice, where she now works as a registered medical assistant (RMA).
B- As a registered medical assistant (RMA), Lindsey works in both the front office and in the clinical side of the practice.
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