Recently, we looked at several Medical Assistants in our spotlight series! The first segment highlighted a Medical Assistant who writes children’s books, and the last segment shed a light on the MA responsible for the Shining Star Award. Not only do these Medical Assistants help patients and doctors alike, but they inspire their fellow MAs.
Join us for the fourth segment of the spotlight series! Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Kimberly King was featured in a stellar article by Cathy Cassata. Every day, she strives to uplift Medical Assistants and support veterans…
Spotlight: Kimberly King, CMA
Kimberly King’s path to the medical field wasn’t always an easy one. After graduating from high school, she became a search and rescue crew member with the United States Coast Guard. Unfortunately, King would later break her neck while performing a rescue. As she told Cassata, “My ambition was to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. When I got hurt, I missed my spot to get in because of the rehab.”
King left the military and eventually met with an advisor at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, North Carolina. She quickly learned about the school’s Medical Assisting program as well as CMA certification. In 1990, she graduated with honors and obtained certification not long afterwards.
King found her first Medical Assistant job in the office of a family practice. In time, she also worked as a clinical supervisor in a larger hospital system, where she managed 10 other Medical Assistants. Nearly a decade passed, and King has filled a supervisory role ever since.
“Being a veteran, I have always felt that I wanted to give back,” she relayed to Cassata. “My husband retired in 2015 from the Army after 30 years of service. He’s a combat-disabled veteran, and he has a traumatic brain injury from being in Iraq. I have first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a caregiver, and I know the importance of proper healthcare for veterans.”
When not working or caring for her family, King volunteers at several outstanding organizations. These include the Wounded Warrior Project, Step Up for Vets, and the Warrior Initiative, just to name a few. She also strives to help female veterans who have children. In addition, King assists homeless veterans with accessing transitional supportive services for healthcare needs. During her conversation with Cassata, she emphasized her Medical Assisting skills, explaining how they have allowed her to better the community by volunteering at clinics and assisting with medical assessments.
“My goal is to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and help those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries and PTSD,” King told Cassata. “Medical Assisting is the reason I’m able to move forward. Working in this field has been my solid foundation. It gave me opportunities, knowledge, and skills that I will always carry with me.”
For more information about this exceptional Medical Assistant, be sure to check out Cathy Cassata’s article on the AAMA website. There you’ll find more amazing stories about other MAs, too!
About the Medical Assistant Program at Unitek College
Have you searched for “certified Medical Assistant training?” If so, you might want to explore all that Unitek has to offer! Founded in 2002, Unitek College is an accredited, private institution that provides training for the next generation of healthcare professionals. With seven campuses in California, Unitek offers educational programs in the cities of Bakersfield, Concord, Fremont, Hayward, Sacramento, San Jose, and South San Francisco.
Each location offers Medical Assistant training that can be completed in as little as 9 months. An active learning environment provides MA students with expert lectures, simulation training, and supervised externships. Below are some frequently asked questions to help get you started on this new career path:
+ How important is school for Medical Assistants? Look into this with us here.
+ What does Medical Assistant certification entail? Our blog post may help with this and other FAQs—check it out here.
+ What are some interesting facts about Medical Assistants? Check out another one of our blog posts here.
+ Why should I pick Unitek for Medical Assistant training? We delve into this here.
For more information about the MA program, check out our contact page and call a school representative!