Professional Achievement Award (PAA)
The Professional Achievement Award (PAA) was developed to recognize the professional growth of
Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants (WSMA) members. The advancement of the medical assistant
profession depends not only on our competency as practicing medical assistants, but also upon dedicated
and resourceful leaders. This award is designed to recognize the achievements of medical assistants in
both areas. The award is designed for you, the Wisconsin Society Medical Assistant.
WSMA Scholarship Fund
The Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants is honored to award two $500 scholarships to students who are interested in medical assisting as a health care profession. If you are a student enrolled in a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited Medical Assisting Program you may qualify. To ensure your are enrolled in a school with proper accreditation click on this link: Accredited Programs in Wisconsin
Medical Assistant of the Year Award
The Medical Assistant of the Year Award is a way to show appreciation for members who have given so much of their time, talent, and dedication to make our organization what it is today. The Medical Assistant of the Year Award helps us to share their accomplishments and give the Wisconsin Society of Medical Assistants an opportunity to recognize those individuals and to show our gratitude.
The final selection will be made by the Awards Committee. Announcement of the Medical Assistant of the Year Award will be made at the annual conference at the award/installation function.
Nominations must be received by February 1, 2019
The nominee must meet the following criteria:
1.Be a member in good standing.
2.Have been a member of AAMA for at least three years.
3.Served as an officer and/or committee chairman at the chapter, state, or national level.
4.Made some specific, outstanding contribution to the field of medical assisting over and above the usual duties associated with being an officer or committee chairman, i.e. initiated some new procedure, recruited a number of new members, settled a controversy amicably, successfully established a new chapter, etc.
5.Been an asset to their local community by active participation in community activities.
6.A nominee, who has been a recipient of the award, shall not be eligible to be nominated until after a lapse of 10 years.
7.Nominations for the Medical Assistant of the Year Award are to be resubmitted on a yearly basis to provide updated information and to allow for screening of their current status of activities within the organization.
Past "Medical Assistants of the Year" Winners
1993 Nancy Kohls, CMA (AAMA) Valley
1994 Denise Dorsey-LaCanne, CMA (AAMA) Valley
1995 Julie Flaatten, RN, CMA (AAMA), NREMT-B Central Wisconsin
1996 Cynthia Ruebl, CMA (AAMA) Waukesha
1997 Mary Holtzhausen, CMA (AAMA) Central Wisconsin
1998 M. Sheryl Tschudy Green
1999 Tracy Benson, CMA (AAMA) Valley
2000 Patricia Hurlbut, CMA (AAMA), MSEd, MT Waukesha
2002 Carol Wells Green
2004 Bonnie Ruscher, CMA (AAMA) Valley
2005 Kim Gropp, CMA (AAMA) Valley
2006 Joanne Steffens, CMA (AAMA) Valley
2007 Julie Flaatten, RN, CMA (AAMA), NREMT-B Central Wisconsin
2008 Donna Schultz, CMA-A (AAMA) Valley
2009 Judy Newland, CMA (AAMA) Valley
2010 Jean Zachariasen, CMA (AAMA) Greater Milwaukee
2011 Lori McBride, CMA (AAMA) Waukesha
2012 Kathy Anderson, CMA (AAMA), CCRC Greater Milwaukee
2013 Tandra Bauman, CMA (AAMA) RMA La Crosse
2015 Maribeth Blankenheim, M.Ed., BSN, RN, CMA (AAMA) Waukesha
2016 Don Miller, CMA (AAMA) Waukesha
2017 Tamara Braund, CMA (AAMA) Centeral Wisconsin