One of our employment specialists recently caught up with Justin Warner, 2007 graduate of the Medical Assistant program. Read below to see what Justin has been up to!
I currently work for Crawford and Fitch, Ear Nose Throat, in Franklin. As a Medical Assistant, I take the patients vital signs and get a brief medical history, which is very helpful for the doctor to decide on a treatment plan. I also assist the doctors with exams and help with in-office clinical procedures such as cyst removals, tubes in the ear, etc. I love my job and the team I work with.
I chose Great Lakes because the program length. I thought about nursing school, but it would have taken me a long time, and I wanted to get working quickly. It only took me 9 months to become a medical assistant.
When I went to school, I was not a traditional student. I had been out of high school for over 3 years, and I drove from Titusville to Erie to Meadville (for work), and then back home to Titusville each day.
While I was in school, I loved being able to go into the mock lab and clinic rooms. I was the only male student in the class, which made some days very interesting. That being said male Medical Assistants are very much in demand in this profession.
When Great Lakes says "life-time placement assistance", they really do mean it. I graduated in 2007, worked for many years in patient care, and in 2014, I called the school because I wanted to try a different career path.
I spoke with Shannon Marzka and she offered to allow me to come back and sit in on classes and refresh myself at no additional cost! In the time being, Shannon helped me with my resume and cover letter, and within two weeks, I landed a full time position with Crawford and Fitch, Ear, Nose & Throat.
The best thing about being a medical assistant is my schedule - NO WEEKEND HOURS and NO HOLIDAYS. I have done in-home care and worked in group homes and my schedule was always crazy. Thanks, Great Lakes, for helping me with my career!