Medical Assistant program not at a loss for words!

GU-GB’s Medical Assistant Program Chair, Jenni Derpinghaus, has been very busy thinking outside of the box to provide excellent opportunities for her students!  I met with her to ask “What’s new in MA?”   Here’s what she had to say:
“I have two guest speakers coming to MA286 CMA Review in the
next few weeks. Sally Podoski is coming on Monday, March 5th from
9:30-10:30. She has had over 30 years of clinical experience. She recently
retired from the HR department at ThedaCare. She is going to speak about the
traditional and nontraditional role of the MA within ThedaCare, the
interview/hiring process, what skills and characteristics they look for when
hiring a MA and also career path, where the MA degree can take them in the

“On Wednesday, March 7th from 1-3pm I have Toni
Westphal, Certified Nurse Midwife from Prevea, coming to speak about the Somali
culture in healthcare. She is also bringing a Somali community member with her
to discuss the Somali culture in general. I am really excited for this speaker
considering the large increase in the Somali population within Green Bay in the
last year.”

Providing guest speakers in the classroom that can talk to students about their real-life experiences is so instrumental as a supplemental tool for students with their class work.  Jenni has also experienced success with students outside of class.  In talking with her about this success, she stated:  “We recently had two MA students successfully complete their externships. Luke Paiser completed his as Prevea Pain and Spine, at the E.
Mason site and Meghan Herbst completed hers at Aurora in Kaukauna. Both had
stellar reviews and in their evaluations were said to have skills exceeding
those needed for entry level employment.”

Sounds like our MA Program is exceeding expectations…keep up the great work, Jenni!