The Iowa Society of Medical Assistants is the professional organization for medical assistants in the state of Iowa. The organization is dedicated to the advancement of continuing education and certification for medical assistants. In doing this we also offer opportunities for networking with others. We extend our invitation to you to join our association

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With the rapidly changing events of the COVID-19 in Iowa, I am deeply saddened to inform you that the 2020 ISMA Conference will be cancelled.  As far as I can go back this has never happened before.  I am very sorry for this.  If you have already sent in your registration, it will be mailed back to you with your original check.  If you have made hotel reservations, please call the hotel directly at 641-357-5253.  You will not be charged for this cancellation.


The North Iowa Chapter has put so much work into this conference, I feel bad for doing this to them.  If you have ever worked on a Conference committee you would understand, if you have not I challenge you to join your chapter when you host conference.


This decision was not easy to make.  I have taken guidance from Iowa State Health Department and from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.  In her most recent update, she has informed us of 23 positive cases in Iowa; with more to come.  It was suggested that events not be held with more than 10 people in attendance.  


We hope that you stop and take a look at your own chapter.  They will not be able to hold in person CEUs for a month or two, therefore not allowing you to get CEUs.  What if you volunteered your help to your chapter?  The more help they have, the more events they could host and offer CEUs to you.  If you are not sure who to reach out to, shoot me a message and I will help you with direction.  


When we have the dates for the 2021 Conference we will forward them on.  Let’s pray we are back to "normal" by then.


So where do we go from here?  We will all get stronger from this virus, we will conquer it!!!  Let’s keep our selves healthy as we are the medical professionals.  If you are being told to stay home and are having any issues with that, feel free to reach out to me or any other CMA and we can help you.  That's what we do!!!  

We will be working on doing a live event for the annual House of Delegates (HOD).  This would have been held on Saturday of conference.  We need to hold this to do some voting.  We will make everyone aware when this will happen. 


Thank you for taking time to read this.  If I can help you with anything at all please reach out to me.  


Katie Buck, CMA (AAMA)

ISMA President




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Carmen Monk, CMA (AAMA), BS

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AAMA Affiliation

We are affiliated with the American Association of Medical Assistants. The purpose of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to promote the professional identity and stature of its members, and the medical assisting profession through education and credentialing.


To read more about the AAMA go to: http://www.aama-ntl.org

Education & Certification

ISMA and its local chapters provide state and local programs to strengthen work skills and advance knowledge of medical assisting, with clinical, administrative and general seminars and workshops.


Medical Assistants can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to professionalism by earning the Certified Medical Assistant credential. Certification is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the CMA (AAMA) Certifying Examination. Exam applicants must have graduate status from a CAAHEP/ABHES accredited program. Like other professional designations, the CMA (AAMA) is evidence of competence in a demanding field.


Information about this examination and recertification can be found at: http://www.aama-ntl.org/ and select CMA (AAMA) Exam from the links at the top of the page.

Employment Opportunities

Certified Medical Assistants are in great demand. Employers across Iowa and surrounding regions often send ISMA current job openings and information regarding upcoming positions.


You can view our current listings HERE.

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