Francis Calderon says he didn’t really have a plan after high school, until he enrolled at Pima Medical Institute’s Seattle campus. See why he calls his decision to pursue his medical assistant certificate life changing.
“I started the Medical Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute just weeks after graduating from high school. To be honest, I really didn’t have a plan and was just hoping to have some down time and find a job. My brother told me about Pima Medical and pushed me to go with him to check it out. We toured the campus, took the entrance test, met with financial aid and both enrolled in the program. It was literally life changing!
I knew it was going to be a challenge since I knew very little about the medical field or human anatomy, but I learned how to study and retain knowledge. It is an accelerated program, but I kept my pace and really thrived with all the physical hands-on instruction. My externship was fantastic! I was able to apply what I had been learning at Pima Medical and each day became more confident. As a brand new graduate, I was concerned about finding a job. But, in my very first job interview, I answered their questions, listened and made sure to complement their organization and two hours later they called and offered me a position. I am currently a medical assistant and endoscopy technician in a gastroenterology office and I love my patients. I enjoy talking with them and making them laugh and really enjoy seeing them improve.
I’m considering going back to Pima Medical to complete one of their associate or bachelor’s degree programs. I’m grateful to my instructors like Gene Rathburn, who made learning fun. Everything I do is because of what he taught me. Here I am 22 years old with a career in the medical field and it feels great!”
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