West Georgia Technical College Medical Assisting graduate Rebecca Fitts received the American Association of Medical Assistants Excel Award at the AAMA Annual Conference September 27 through 30 in Atlanta.
The AAMA is the premier organization dedicated to serving the interests of medical assistants and providing the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.
"We commend Rebecca on her accolade and to her academic success at West Georgia Technical College," said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. "This is a tremendous achievement and we are extremely proud of her."
The AAMA medical assisting student video and essay awards competition consisted of a short essay or video that would inspire students to pursue medical assisting as a profession. The competition is sponsored by textbook publisher F.A. Davis and the winner receives $500. Fitts entered the competition in June on a whim and didn’t expect anything to come of it.
“I felt good about myself just by sending it in,” said Fitts. “I just wanted to make someone’s day and make a difference.”
When Fitts learned that her essay beat out others from around the nation, the announcement came at the surprise of both Fitts and her medical assisting instructor Jamie Shell.
“It’s unreal! We’ve never had a student to win,” said Shell. “This is a huge award. I’m just so proud that a student from our College won.”
The award comes as a great ending to Fitts’ time at West Georgia Technical College. She had enrolled at the College on three separate occasions but did not know what she wanted to study. When she enrolled her final time in the summer of 2010, she asked around about the instructors. With numerous glowing recommendations for Jamie Shell, Fitts decided to pursue a degree in medical assisting.
“Everything felt right this time. Everyone cared,” said Fitts. “It didn’t matter that I was older and had three kids. I knew this was the right program for me. West Georgia Technical College helped me make that choice.”
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.