In this Alumni Spotlight we caught up with Rumina Subedi, Medical Assistant Graduate who currently works at AHN Saint Vincent.

What where you doing prior to enrollment? What made you enroll in school?

Before going to Great Lakes, I was doing jobs such as direct care worker and dietary aide. I decided that I needed to find something that I always wanted to do, so I turned my career in the direction of the medical field. Health care workers have always inspired me to help out people who are in need. I chose the Great Lakes medical assistant program as my door into the industry, because of the school’s great reputation in Northwest Pennsylvania.

Where have you worked since you graduated and where do you currently work? What is your title?

I started working at UPMC Cardiology right after I graduated. Following that, I switched to Saint Vincent. My title Is Medical Assistant and I’m in the float pool.

What types of things do you do there day to day?

So many things! Since I’m in the float pool, each day is different. I work with family practice, as well as specialists. I do EKGs, I take vital signs, I help doctors with pap smears, dipsticks, etc. I help clients when they have questions or concerns and I make sure to inform the doctor about the concerns the patient is having. I also schedule patient appointments.

What do you like about your career?

Every day is different. I get to work with different people at different offices, since it varies day to day. I get to see new people every day. People come in with different symptoms, and there are new diagnoses. I get to learn about those. Every day I learn new things.

What did you like most about attending Great Lakes? How did Great Lakes prepare you for your job?

Unlike other traditional colleges, the education at Great Lakes just focuses on the techniques and materials that we need in our occupational field. Class lab activities were appropriate and hands-on. This training prepared me for the exact tasks which I currently do every day at work. Our instructors were supportive, and they made sure that every student understood all the lectures and lab materials.

What are your career goals for the future?

After working for a couple of years as Medical Assistant, I want to become a Health Coach. I seek to continue my studies to become a physician.

What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?

The best advice I can give is don’t miss any of your classes, especially your lab class! If you are absent, do not hesitate to ask your teacher or classmates for notes. Practice labs with your classmates. Every day is new day, and we learn different things constantly.

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