- Do Your Homework – Look up the name of the company your interview is with and find out as much about them as you can. The more you know in advance the better prepared you will be to not only answer questions, but also ask them. You can also look up company reviews on sites like Glassdoor and get a feel for the culture of the company. If you know in advance what employees say it can help you determine if the company is going to be a good fit for you.
- Take a Drive – Or a taxi, bus, or train. In other words drive to the company the night before the interview so you know where you are going and get feel for the area. You can also scope out parking and get an idea of what traffic may be like as you make your daily commute. Knowing where you are going will help make your interview day way less stressful.
- Dress For Success – And do it the night before the interview. Make sure your clothes are clean, in good repair, and ironed. If you need to replace anything make sure to do so before interview day. If you had to buy new shoes make sure to wear them before your interview so they are broken in and comfortable. If you’ve been putting off a haircut now is a great time to find some time and get it done.
- Practice – Remember your professional development class and all those great interview questions you discussed? Now is the time to re-visit that material and review everything. Write out questions and answers and practice saying them out loud. The more comfortable you are saying your answers, the more natural you will sound.
- Catch Some Z’s – The night before your interview get a good night’s sleep, at least 7-8 hours. The better rested you are the less stressed you will feel the next day. Also don’t forget your breakfast. A little food will go a long way to settling your nerves.
- Salmon – This tasty fish is rich in Omega-3s. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 servings of salmon per week. Some other options are tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel.
- Walnuts – They are full of “healthy” monosaturated fats that can help cut your heart disease risk. They also contain Omega-3s but not the same kind as those in Salmon. Some other options are almonds, cashews, pistachios, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
- Raspberries – They contain polyphenols which are an antioxidant. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins. Other options are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pretty much any other berries.
- Fat Free or Low Fat Milk and Yogurt – Dairy product contain potassium which can help lower blood pressure, but by choosing low fat or fat free options you reduce your intake of saturated fats. Other options are bananas, oranges, and potatoes which are all good sources of potassium.
- Chick Peas – They are high in fiber and an excellent way to lower your HDL or bad cholesterol. Just be sure to look for low salt or salt free options. Other options are Eggplant, okra, apples, and pears.
Choosing a career path can be intimidating. With so many industries and fields of study, it can be easy to become distracted by professions that won’t provide the benefits that one requires to live a financially stable and emotionally satisfying life.
A career in the medical field is an excellent opportunity to consider. It offers excellent job security and good pay. The best part is, you don’t have to spend numerous years and tens of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. As a medical assistant, you also help people while earning a consistent and competitive wage. Job prospects are high in this area of study because no matter what trends are happening in the world, humans will always need medical support.
Especially in the Phoenix, AZ, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, NY, areas, you are highly likely to find openings. As some of the most populous cities in the nation, they are equipped with a plethora of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Whether it be a general practitioner setting or a podiatry office, you will find satisfaction in being part of a close-knit team that works together to help those in your community.
If you are gearing up to take your CMA exam, consider these five tips to help you prepare:
Tip 1: Stay focused. It is easy to become distracted by your favorite shows, social media, and large sporting events. You must tune everything out and commit time to studying.
Tip 2: Plan ahead. Time management and organization isn’t natural for everyone. Utilize planners, organizers, charts, and wall boards to help keep you on task.
Tip 3: Find a study partner. You don’t have to go at things alone. Having a supportive individual whose goal is to keep you on track is highly valuable.
Tip 4: Designate a study area. Make sure you have a comfortable yet focused area with no distractions.
Tip 5: Take a breath before the big day. If you are employed, take a couple of days off before your exam to rest up and enjoy your time, so you feel good before going in.
Make sure to take advantage of these CMA exam tips to improve your chances for success. Remember that we also offer an excellent training course for medical assistants at The Allen School that will also teach you how to prepare for the CMA exam. We provide excellent programs throughout Phoenix, Queens, and Brooklyn. Please contact us for more information.
- Elizabeth Blackburn: Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California at San Francisco – Blackburn’s research has shown that in cancer cells, the enzyme Telomerase never shuts off, and cells become immortal.
- Rita Colwell: Director, National Science Foundation – Her extensive research on cholera created a method in which water could be filtered through sari cloth, thereby preventing 50% of cases of the disease.
- Elizabeth Gould: Professor of Psychology, Princeton University – Her research shown that the human brain does indeed develop new cells and neurons throughout a person’s life span. Important findings that have opened many doors to researching brain damage and disease that many thought impossible.
- Beatrice H. Hahn: Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, University of Alabama – She has dedicated her life into researching why the HIV virus does not effect a certain sub-species of chimpanzees and finding that difference may provide a pathway to curing this terrible disease.
- Mary-Claire King: Professor of Medicine and Genetics – Her research has shown that not only are humans and chimpanzees 99% genetically alike, but also that certain forms of breast cancer can be inherited.
- Protection from Disease-Causing Free Radicals.
- Potential Cancer Prevention.
- Improved Heart Health.
- Good for Overall Cholesterol Profile.
- Better Cognitive Function.
- Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Aid.
- Antioxidant-Rich Superfood.
Medical Assistant Certification: What It Is and Why You Need ItThe CMA certification is administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. A CMA holder has evidence that validates his or her comprehensive knowledge of what medical assistant do and how they fit into a healthcare team.
- Charles Drew (3 June 1904 – 1 April 1950) – American physician, surgeon and medical researcher known as the inventor of the blood bank.
- Daniel Hale Williams (January 18, 1858 – August 4, 1931) – African American physician who performed the first prototype open-heart surgery.
- Ernest Everett Just (August 14, 1883 – October 27, 1941) – African American biologist and author known for his work on egg fertilization and the structure of the cell.
- Marie Maynard Daly (April 16, 1921 – October 28, 2003) – The first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry.
- Patricia Bath (born November 4, 1942) – American ophthalmologist and inventor known for being the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention.
- Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) – African American researcher known for being a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants.
- Get up, move, walk, leave their room and play.
- Participate in therapy (physical, occupational and speech.)
- Forget their discomfort or pain.
- Interact more with others.
- Improve their mood.
- Improve their interactions with family and staff.
- Do things that may be a struggle, such as eating, taking medication or waiting.
Top 5 Reasons to Take a Winter Session ClassWinter is here and so is the cold weather. For many people the winter blues are setting in hard. Today we look at a few tips to get you over the snow and looking forward to warm sunny spring days
- Lighten Up – The days are short and it’s dark out early. Your body is craving some sunshine. Make sure to give it some! Open up the blinds and turn on the lights inside the house. Even 30 minutes of extra sunshine during the day can make a huge difference.
- Feed your cravings – A little cheating on that New Year diet can make a big difference to your mood. Carbohydrates can give you a little burst of energy that can help chase those blues away. So yes….eat that chocolate bar. Keep it in moderation of course, but a little bit of indulgence now and then can really help the winter blahs.
- Get Moving – Exercise can be a big help to getting you back in the warm weather groove (plus we just told you to eat a candy bar so…) Make a point to get moving for at least 30 minutes a day. Sneak out on your lunch break and get some real sun and get your blood pumping. You will notice a huge difference in your mood.
- Pump Up the Jams – Music can improve your mood significantly. So put on your favorite tunes while making dinner, playing with the kids, studying, and whenever else you can. Maybe even take this opportunity to be adventurous and give a new style of music a whirl, trade in your rock and roll for a little R&B or your country tunes for some jazz tunes.
- Nature Calls – No… not like that. We know its cold, but bundle up and go outside. Indulge your inner child and go play in the snow. Fresh air, even if its chilly will get your batteries recharged in no time. Take a walk, build a snowman, anything, just get outside and make sure its strictly for leisure, no shoveling the driveway.