SELLERSBURG – For Joyce Edds, earning a Technical Certificate and an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting from Ivy Tech Community College of Southern Indiana was her ticket to a successful career. She used her education as a stepping stone that has allowed her to take on more responsibility at work and to advance in leadership positions with the Indiana Society of Medical Assistants. Her work for the society earned her the title of Indiana Medical Assistant of the year for 2010.
Joyce passed the Certified Medical Assistant exam in 1997 and went on to pursue certification in phlebotomy. She first served an externship at a family medical practice, and then went to work at a rheumatology practice, and still works there today, in the office of Dr. Norman A. Cummings, as the office manager. She has long served in the ISMA and the American Association of Medical Assistants as a devoted member, involved in chapter, district and statewide activities. She serves as the Southeast District president and was the state nominating committee chairman for 2009 to 2010. She was co-chairman of the ISMA state convention when it was hosted by the southeast District in 2008, and worked many hours coordinating the project, including scheduling speakers for workshops, planning the agenda and meals and coordinating vendors for the three-day event.
Joyce is a candidate for ISMA treasurer for 2011 to 2012 with the member vote and installation ceremony during the state conference to be held in West Lafayette in April. She also was elected as a delegate to the 2010 AAMA National Conference in Florida, representing Indiana during the annual meeting. She is currently serving as chairman of the Scholarship Committee for ISMA.
Her strong clinical and administrative skills have proven successful in the continuation of her profession. She is now the office manager at her current job. Under Joyce’s direction, the office serves as an externship site for medical assisting students from Ivy Tech and other area colleges. Joyce also serves as a mentor for students in encouraging them to pursue CMA certification and assists them in navigating the AAMA web site for information useful to their career.
Joyce lives in Jeffersonville.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.