OBC Alumni Spotlight: Bart Hamrick
Posted on April 7, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Truxell
The medical assisting profession continues to grow in high-demand and is one of the best avenues for jumpstarting a career in the medical field. At Ohio Business College, we work to distinguish our medical assisting diploma students from other job-seeking candidates by delivering a top-rated, hands-on healthcare education.
Learn about OBC’s medical assisting program first-hand. Read about Bart Hamrick’s – a 2011 Medical Assisting graduate – time and experiences at OBC:
- Why did you decide to continue your education at Ohio Business College?
I researched several schools and found all my needs at Ohio Business College. I wanted a school that had smaller classes and a schedule that met my needs.
Who wants to sit in an auditorium and get lectured to when you can get more one-on-one attention and more individual time with the instructors?
I wanted to go to school and learn my field without having to take classes like archery or gym. I made the right choice.
- Why did you enroll in the Medical Assisting Program?
When I signed up, I was going through quite a bit, as a few loved ones were dealing with cancer. I wanted to know how the body operates. I also wanted to make sure that when patients go to their appointments, there was someone who cared waiting to get them ready to see the doctor – instead of someone who might be burnt out in the field.
- What were your favorite things about the Medical Assisting Program?
Performing injections and clinical procedures were my favorite. I’ll never forget my first blood draw; Boy, was I nervous! My instructor taught me to power through and get the task done, and that is exactly what I did.
- What was the most difficult or challenging thing(s) about this program?
Leaving my instructors and classmates was the hardest thing. We were like family and being together got us through the program. There were many ups and downs, but we all had the same goal: Graduation!
- How did Ohio Business College help you succeed in your studies and accomplish your goals?
I can’t express how much Ohio Business College has done for me. It would take me several pages [to fully express], so I will try and sum it up:
I was able to rely on OBC to keep me motivated and on track with my courses. Each of the staff and faculty have helped me in one way or another. OBC trained me with modern techniques and procedures to give me confidence when entering the field. I was in an environment that was always welcoming. I can never say enough thanks to Ohio Business College.
- Tell us about your medical assisting externship.
My externship was at the Cleveland Clinic and I was able to work in the cardiology department performing EKG’s, the ENT (ears, nose, and throat) department where I assisted the doctor with his procedures, and the pediatrics department was my favorite because the kids were so fun. I also learned rooming techniques and practiced my filing and scanning.
- Do you have a favorite memory about attending OBC? If so, what is it?
Wow! I will never forget EKG practice. There were only two males in my class – me and one other male student. The rest were females. Us guys agreed to shave our chests to be practice dummies, if you will. I showed up as the only one who shaved because my other male classmate didn’t show!
- What do you think sets OBC apart from other career education schools?
The school is in a league of its own. Ohio Business College goes above and beyond in every aspect.
- What are you up to now?
I am currently the Clinical Supervisor/Externship Coordinator at Comprehensive Pain Care and have been there for about 4.5 years. I work with four doctors and enjoy my work.
In June of 2016, I decided to attend OBC again to further my education – adding IT Specialist to my portfolio.
- What advice or tips do you have for prospective and current OBC students?
Stay focused on your studies and try to attend every class. Set the proper time aside for school and make it a top priority. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a step away for a bit and come back to your work later. Most of all, communicate with your instructors as they are the ones who can help you the most.
Want to jumpstart your medical career? Learn more about OBC’s Medical Assisting diploma program.