BMH/CCV graduates 3rd class of medical assistants

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Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

BRATTLEBORO — Addressing a room of new graduates at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Joyce Judy, Community College of Vermont president, asked Monday's class of new medical assistants to reflect on how they had felt 14 weeks ago upon entering their training program. Without hesitation, the responses echoed each other — "nervous" said some, "overwhelmed" replied others. And when Judy then asked them to describe their feelings upon graduating, the responses were equally unanimous — confident proclamations of "excited" and "grateful" were met all around with nods and smiles.

Monday's celebration marked the third class of graduating medical assistants from the College to Career certification program developed between Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Community College of Vermont.

"Each year of CCV's partnership with BMH, I have seen the benefits for our students and for the community," said Leigh Marthe, coordinator of academic services in Brattleboro. "This year's group has been highly motivated to move into a career that allows them to serve the community and their families in a new way. We are so fortunate to be part of an effort that allows students to enhance their role as educated citizens who are serving in a high need employment area in Windham County."

As part of the joint initiative, BMH provides full scholarships for eight applicants to the program. Scholarship recipients have their CCV tuition waived, and receive supervised clinical practice at BMH. Upon graduation from the academic portion of the program at CCV, students are enrolled in an extensive training program at BMH led by a registered nurse to enable them to work independently as an MA. The training includes rotations throughout the various primary care and specialties of BMH's 12 outpatient practices in order to learn how to operate specific equipment and to document appropriately in medical record systems.

"This program is a real asset to our hospital," said Eilidh Pederson, BMH vice president of Medical Group Management & Population Health. "The investment we make in training each new class of MAs helps us to deliver high quality care to our patients, and strengthens the health of our community by providing education and employment opportunities to local people."

BMH and CCV will begin accepting applications for the next session later in 2019. For more information about the program, visit www.ccv.edu or call 802-254-6370.

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