Meet Our Medical Assistant Program Chair!

How many people do you know that knew from the time they were very little what they wanted to do with the rest of their life? Well if you don’t you do now! Ms. Amy Zobel realized from very early in her life that she wanted, somehow to be involved in health care. As a matter of fact, her first “real job” when she was 14 was as a Nurse Aid in the Woonsocket, SD nursing  home.                             From that time on, she was busy gaining experience in different areas of health care; this job really sent her on her way, professionally!  After high school, she got her AAS at Mitchell Technical Institute in 2003, and earned her CMA from the American Associati0n of Medical Assistants (AAMA). She began her first Medical Assistant job at a walk-in clinic in 2003 after graduation and continued there until 2011.  She began at Globe University in 2009 as an adjunct instructor and later became the program chair.  She is currently seeking her BA in Health Care Management from Globe University.                                                                                                                  Ms. Zobel takes her professional responsibilities very seriously. She’s the current state president for the South Dakota Society of Medical Assistants, and will be a state delegate for the AAMA national convention, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in September of this year. She’s been an active member of the association for many years; this will be her 6th convention representing South Dakota’s Medical Assistants!                                       When I asked Amy to describe her role as program chair to me, her eyes lit up. She views one of the most important parts of her role as Program Chair as helping her students connect with the communities where they live, and in which they will work. One of the parts she enjoys the most is to help provide her students with “amazing hands-on skills” to help them prepare for the workforce. She is very proactive in the community, and feels that it is important she and her students be a visible part of the health care community is to participate in local health care events throughout the  region                                                                                                                                                Ms. Zobel also assumes responsibility for assisting with the coordination of externship sites, including student placement and performance assessment; developing community contacts and chairing advisory board meetings; teaching program courses as needed according to specified learning outcomes; academic advising and career related counseling for students; monitoring student retention and identifying and assist at-risk students; maintaining competency and currency in medical assisting and healthcare research, trends, issues, and practices, including effective teaching strategies and assessment methods; and providing support for program and institutional initiatives.                                                     Ms. Zobel had some good advice for any student at Globe. She urged them to “remember their end goals. When things get hard, it’s easier to give up than to continue, but keep going”. She also urges them to get involved with other students and student organizations here on campus. “It’s a great way to help keep each other on track!”                                                                                                                                               Ms. Sydney Siemonsma, one of the newest Medical Assistant students, summed up her feelings about working with Amy this way. “Because this is my first quarter as an MA student, I was very nervous, but Amy has been very warm and accepting of me. Even though I’m difficult, she still finds ways to break the difficult wall down and teach me!”                                                                                                   If you see Ms. Zobel in the halls or the student lounge, and haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet her, go up and introduce yourself. I think you would like to meet her, and I know she would like to meet you! She is a welcome and valued part of our Globe University – Sioux Falls Campus family.