MRC GEM Members deliver presentation to Gwinnett Technical College Medical Assistants

On August 16 2008, over 20 students and graduates from Gwinnett Technical College’s Medical Assisting Program attended a presentation given by, MRC GEM Executive Director Sherwin Levinson (Executive Director)and VP of Operations Tony Varamo (VP Operations)on Federal, state and local organizations available to assist with emergency preparedness. presented information on the to future graduates of the Gwinnett Technical College’s Medical Assisting Program Marcie Jones, Medical Assisting (MA) Program (MA) Director invited the MRC to present information on “What is the MRC and how can I become a member?” The presentation included an overview of the Federal Response Framework, state sovereignty, mission of Georgia East Metro District Medical Reserve Corps, and how medical professionals can collaborate with these organizations for emergency preparedness. The presentation is part of the MRC’s continuing mission to provide individual and community information, education and awareness.

The MA program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) domain. This program is only offered full-time, during the day and takes 5 Quarters to complete. Additionally, the MA diploma level program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs. The presentation satisfied requirements for continuing education units (CEU) for the attendees.

Tony began the presentation with basic information on MRC’s Mission and the member application process. He also discussed the benefits of being a member and the personal gratification that comes from being an active volunteer in the community. He also explained the need for self and family preparedness prior to an “event” occurring. Sherwin followed with an explanation of the Federal Response Framework and activities of the MRC once the incident action plan is activated. He discussed the purpose of the National Stockpile, activities relating to Point of Dispensing (POD) Operations and how volunteers will fit into the Incident Command System (ICS) organization during emergency operations.

The students 22 MA students asked excellent questions relating to membership, program funding and time requirements for volunteering and training. After the presentation, Marcie escorted Sherwin and Tony on an informative tour of the college’s medical facilities and explained the various medical programs offered at the college. The medical assisting program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s medical offices. The goal of the medical assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behaviors) domain. This program is only offered full-time, during the day and takes 5 Quarters to complete. Additionally, the medical assisting (diploma level) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs.
Tony Varamo