OBC Alumni Spotlight: Malekia Ford
Posted on September 23, 2016
Written by Elizabeth Truxell
Malekia Ford, a graduate of OBC’s medical assisting diploma program, realized that becoming a medical assistant was her next step in advancing her medical career, and a path to eventually becoming a nurse.
Discover where a medical assisting career can take you and your healthcare passions by reading about Malekia’s time and experiences at OBC:
- Why did you decide to continue your education at OBC?
I decided to continue my education at OBC because it is a smaller institution with less people, and I felt that I would get a better experience in a smaller setting. I also had a few friends that attended OBC, and they thought it would be a great fit for me.
I was just out and about riding around one day and I ended up at OBC. I felt like that was a sign for me to go in and sign up to get started in a new career.
- Why did you enroll in the Medical Assisting program?
I enrolled in OBC’s Medical Assisting program because I had already been a part of the medical field for close to three years as a nurse’s aide. I wanted to do something different, gain more experience, and make a little more money. I looked through the brochure to see what medical programs they had to offer. I looked at OBC’s MA program and knew immediately that was what I wanted to do.
- What has been your favorite thing about the MA Program?
My favorite things about the program are the instructors and all of the fun, hands-on experience I gained. I loved learning how to draw blood and do different things that I had never experienced. I even got to dissect a pig’s heart, which was very interesting since I hadn’t done that since middle school.
- What was the most difficult or challenging part the program?
The most difficult thing for me during the program was trying to balance school, work, and my everyday life all at the same time. Also, not wanting to give up if I didn’t get the grade I wanted or thought I deserved on a certain task or test. I used to be so overwhelmed and wondered how I was going to manage everything at once. The program [tailored to my busy schedule and made balancing everything possible].
- How did OBC help you succeed in your studies and accomplish your goals?
The staff and faculty are truly amazing. They pushed me to want to keep going. Every time I thought about quitting or giving up they were by my side rooting for me to continue. They would tell me I came too far to give up now, and they reminded me of all the things I had accomplished so far at OBC. They believed in me when I had given up on myself, and for that, I’m forever grateful.
- Tell us about your clinical externship.
My externship was at a Pain Management Center. It was a very busy and interesting place to be. I learned a lot of things there as well. I got to work under some excellent doctors and already trained medical assistants.
It took me a little longer to finish my externship than my other classmates because some days I would leave early to make it to work on time. My clinical extern coordinator was very understanding and he worked with me and my schedule so I could complete my externship in a timely manner.
- How has OBC helped you in your job search?
OBC got me my first two interviews as a medical assistant. One with Mercy Hospital and the other at Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS), where I’m now employed. Tina Hutchinson, OBC’s Externship Coordinator, and Cheryl Jankowski, OBC’s Career Services Director, are awesome. They worked very hard to get me placed as soon as possible. They worked with me through interviews and shadowing and sent out great recommendations for me. I truly thank them from the bottom of my heart. I love my job!
- Do you have a favorite memory about attending OBC?
I would have to say my favorite memory of attending OBC was the day I successfully completed a blood draw. That was one of my biggest accomplishments because I was so nervous about doing it, but I did it.
Another one of my favorite memories at OBC was the day we threw Mrs. Hinkel a birthday party. She was so excited. Her smile that day is also a great memory for me, and I’ll never forget it.
- What do you think sets OBC apart from the other career education schools?
[The staff and faculty is there for their students] from the beginning to the end. You call with a question or concern and they are there to help. I just finished school not too long ago and I’m already working at a wonderful place that OBC’s Career Services hooked me up with. They are very persistent in seeing their students succeed.
- What goals do you have for your future?
I plan to go back to school and further my education. I’m hoping to become a nurse in the near future. With the skills, determination, and drive I have obtained from OBC, I’m sure it will make my future dreams and accomplishments much easier.
- What advice or tips do you have for prospective and current OBC students?
No matter how hard things get, or how tough the road you are traveling may seem, you’ve got to stick it out. You have got to keep going for yourself. Strive for success and do great at everything that is put in front of you. Remember there is light at the end of the tunnel, you’ve just got to be strong enough to get to it. The sky is the limit and even after you reach it…keep going!!
Discover a hands-on, comprehensive medical assisting diploma program at Ohio Business College. Designed to work with you and your busy schedule, you can enter the exciting and rewarding healthcare field in just a year.
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