The history of Medical Assisting is a little different to other areas in healthcare which have been around for much longer.
Medical Assisting, as distinct from Nursing, came about as a genuine profession during the earlier parts of the 20th century.
By the 1950's people who were working as medical assistants, realizing how much benefit professional organization had brought to Doctors and Nurses, had begun to organize themselves into groups. The crystallizing moment, in an official sense, came when the Kansas Medical Assistants Society held a meeting in 1955 to set up a national body - the name they chose was the American Association of Medical Assistants.
The AAMA remains the premier body for medical assistants in the United States today.
By 1969 the AAMA had begun issuing accreditation and the 'Profession' of medical assisting was born as a recognized occupation in this country.
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