The AAMA Reelects Claire M. Houghton, CMA (AAMA), as 2022-2024 AAMA Trustee

The American Association of Medical Assistants® (AAMA) installed Claire M. Houghton, CMA (AAMA), as a 2022-2024 AAMA Trustee at the 66th AAMA Annual Conference. In this capacity, Houghton, a resident of Spokane Valley, Washington, represents medical assistants and CMAs (AAMA)® across the nation.

Medical assisting is one of the nation's careers growing much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants work in outpatient health care settings. Employers are seeking and recruiting these allied health professionals because of their uniquely diverse clinical and administrative patient-centered training.

"It is such an honor to be chosen for this role and to help serve medical assistants nationwide," says Houghton. "Our profession is integral to the delivery of quality health care, and the CMA (AAMA) sets the bar for medical assisting excellence."

Houghton has served as a member or chair of many AAMA committees, strategy teams and task forces, including Leadership Development, Bylaws and Resolutions, Membership Development, Marketing and Editorial Advisory. She also continues to serve her local chapter and state society.

Houghton has been a medical assistant for 21 years. She has worked in many specialty practices and currently works in a family practice.

The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)® — or CMA (AAMA) — credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board of the AAMA. The Certifying Board of the AAMA was awarded accreditation by the International Accreditation Service under ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012, the global benchmark for personnel certification bodies, thus distinguishing the CMA (AAMA) from all other medical assisting certifications.


The American Association of Medical Assistants®, the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the medical assisting profession, was established in 1956 and serves the interests of more than 92,000 medical assisting professionals. The American Association of Medical Assistants provides quality resources and educational opportunities for medical assistants by offering certification, advocacy for quality patient-centered health care, credential acknowledgment and scope-of-practice protection. For more information, visit

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