American National University

Medical Assisting Graduate Has Success through Externship

Natasha Schoolfield graduated from the Danville, Virginia Campus last November with a degree in medical assisting.  As a student at American National University, Natasha was determined to use her education and skills learned before her graduation date.  She took advantage of the services offered through the career center and allowed them to work for her.

Eager to find employment, Natasha volunteered at local cardiologist Dr. Boshra Zakhary’s office for three weeks.  While there, she learned that her trainer, Jacqueline Rodgers, was a 2006 medical assisting graduate.  Jacqueline took Natasha under her wing and made sure she knew all there was to know about Dr. Zakhary, his practice, and his expectations from his staff. This volunteer experience was extended into an externship for Natasha.  She quickly learned that this environment was perfect for her skills and qualifications.

After successfully completing all of her externship hours, Natasha was offered a full-time position at as a medical assistant.  Natasha said, “I am thankful and blessed that Dr. Zakhary gave me the opportunity to be a part of his office team.  I learned so much and feel prepared for the workforce now.”  Natasha enjoys what she is doing and her passion for helping people has grown.

Dr. Boshra Zakhary with graduates Natasha Schoolfield and Jacqueline Rodgers.

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