Medical Assistant Student Finds Success in Her Externship


Santrelle Thompson at her externship at Aurora Family Practice in Oshkosh.

Globe University-Appleton’s medical assistant student Santrelle Thompson says she chose the school and the program because of the small class sizes and hands-on experience. Now in her last quarter, she is doing an externship at Aurora Family Practice in Oshkosh. She also just recently accepted a position as a medical assistant at Catalpa Health in Appleton, a new pediatric mental health clinic in the area.

Because of her extensive hands-on classes and experiences at Globe, she was comfortable jumping into her externship right away on day one.

“From the first day with my preceptor, anything I felt comfortable doing she let me show my skills and gave me feedback if needed,” says Santrelle. Medical assisting program chair, Michelle Vanden Heuvel is not surprised. “She has always put forth her best effort in her classes and is always willing to help her classmates!,” Michelle says.

Santrelle went on to say that “everything I have learned at Globe I am using. Getting the hands on training at Globe mentally prepared me to be able to give injections, draw blood and be able to talk to my patients with confidence to show them ‘yes I am new, but I am skilled’.  I have been so prepared and ready for this time to come that when I’m working I forget I’m still a student!”

Globe University-Appleton externship coordinator, Jamie Whitwam, was also excited by the amount of work Santrelle has been able to accomplish in the first weeks of her externship.

“Santrelle is an exemplary student. She is always willing to help her classmates and is not afraid to be the first to jump right in to practice her skills. Santrelle is graduating with the competence of an amazing medical assistant,” Jamie says.

Santrelle has been grateful for her classes and time at Globe and has some words for future externship students: “for those who are getting ready for externship next quarter, don’t be afraid to show your skills. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Have fun with this learning experience.”

The Appleton campus celebrates Santrelle and all its medical assistant students. During National Medical Assistants Recognition Week the campus hosted Crazy Scrubs Day, medical-themed trivia and movies.