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Alumni Spotlight: Medical Assistant Graduate Mariela Canisales

Posted: April 23, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Medical assistant certificate graduate smiling with equipment.
Medical Assistant graduate, Mariela Canisales.
 


Mariela always wanted to work in the medical field and had a dream of becoming a Medical Assistant. Shortly after she started her program, her in-person classroom learning shifted to online because of COVID-19. Not only did Mariela rise to the challenge, she realized she could accomplish her goals and loves her new career. Her story is below.
 
“My sister graduated from Pima Medical Institute's Medical Assistant program, which made me look up to her. Right after high school, I tried to attend the program but didn't qualify for financial aid and I was devastated. About four years later, after having a child and working, I woke up one morning and knew I needed to fulfill my dream of a career in the medical field. It had always been in the back of my mind, but I knew it was time. I called Pima Medical, set up an appointment and enrolled in the program.
 
I was at the campus for exactly one week before COVID-19 hit and they closed the campus and went to virtual learning. I was devastated because I had tried online classes before and didn't do well. But my instructors were great and I surprised myself and I did really well. My instructor made the process easy, she was always available to help and I had a great experience.
 
I was offered a full-time position with Banner Health at an urgent care before I'd even graduated. I love the fast paced environment and I work with a great team. We are the first person our patients see and they're often fearful and our job is to help keep them calm. We are seeing lots of COVID-19 patients right now and they are very anxious. I love being able to reassure them it's going to be OK.
 
I'm so thankful for Pima Medical Institute and I appreciate the knowledge my instructors have instilled in me. It's made me the Medical Assistant I am today. I just love my job!”
 
Whether you prefer to be in the classroom like Mariela or want an online learning environment, Pima Medical can help you explore a program that will be the right fit for you and your goals. From certificate to associate degree programs to online bachelor’s and master’s degrees—we’ll help you choose the right career path for your future. Learn how we can help you get started.
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