Medical Assistant Externship Success!
Successful students in the clinical medical assistant/phlebotomy class at Region III have the opportunity to complete an externship at a healthcare provider’s office during their second year. During the externship the students spend their day working directly with medical office staff including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, phlebotomists and administrative personnel. They complete tasks such as rooming patients, EKG’s, sterile field, phlebotomy, injections, and various other clerical and clinical tasks. We are very pleased to announce that this year four of our students were offered per diem and full time medical assistant positions while they were out on externship. Some were offered the position only 2 weeks into their externship. The students were Taylor Fullerton, Taylor Wotton, Meagan Butler, and Molly Leblanc. In a few weeks, these students and their classmates will be sitting for two national certification exams, one in medical assisting and the other in phlebotomy. Currently, Region III is the only high school in the state of Maine that is offering a Medical Assisting Program which certifies students through the American Medical Technologist (AMT). Students are prepared to enter a medical assistant or phlebotomy job directly out of high school. Many students plan to go on to college in the healthcare field to study pre-med, nursing, radiology, laboratory technician, and physical therapy to name a few. Having this background prior to studying a medical field in college gives students an advantage as they have a great deal of knowledge that their classmates do not have. Kacie McLaughlin completed the medical assistant/phlebotomy program at Region III and is currently a junior in the Nursing Program at the University of Maine in Orono. She stated that “It has made learning a lot of things in nursing school easier, and there’s still a lot that I learned in the medical assistant program at Region III that my classmates don’t know yet in our 3rd year. I don’t know how many times I have told people that I am thankful for taking this program.”
The need for medical assistants is growing rapidly throughout our state. We receive calls from multiple employers looking to hire our medical assistants. Jennifer White, Director of Eastern Maine Area Health Education Center/PCHC states, “Having graduated from PVHS, working with Region III and having educational opportunities/externships at our PCHC locations was very important to me. We had two students assigned to Helen Hunt Health Center and three at Brewer Medical Center. All five students excelled in their Medical Assistant Externships. Not only did we know right away that we wanted to continue this relationship with Region III, but we also felt they were students we would hire if given the opportunity. There is a huge need for Medical Assistants not only in Maine, but around the country. Region III has a great program which showed in the quality of training these students came to us with. Their desire to learn and become a part of the PCHC team was exceptional and a true testament to the Region III community.”
Region III is very happy to announce that our number of externship sites has gone up considerably and that we no longer have to limit the number of students in the program.