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Illinois Society of Medical Assistants




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Welcome to the Illinois Society of Medical Assistants website. Thank you for visiting.
The mission of the Illinois Society of Medical Assistants is to unite into one society the medical assistants in the state of Illinois for the purpose of maintaining the current standards of the CMA (AAMA) credential through educational programs. 
In addition to advancing the profession by giving honest, loyal and efficient service to the public and continue to work within the medical community to demonstrate the knowledge and professionalism of the CMA (AAMA).
Learn more about the Illinois laws pertaining to Medical Assistants



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Saturday, October 19, 2024

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Holiday Inn, Countryside

6201 Joliet Road

Countryside, IL 60525

(708) 354-4200


Registration Form

AAMA Conference 2024

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September 20-23

Grand Rapids, MI

Learn more about this event and register at:

ISMA Monthly
Business Meetings


All business meetings are held via zoom. Dates are to be determined.


If you would like to join our monthly meetings please email us and we will add you to the zoom invite. Thank you.

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President's Letter


I hope this finds you well as we dive into the summer season, Summer is here!  With Memorial Day behind us and the 4th of July close it's time to gear up for an exciting lineup of events from the Illinois Society of Medical Assistants (ISMA).


ISMA is already hard at work preparing for our upcoming Symposium in October, a vital opportunity for education and professional growth.  Illinois Society State Symposium will be held on Saturday October 19th, 2024, in Countryside, IL at the Holiday Inn.  There are some great topics planned for this event, such as Drug Addiction, Recognizing Medical Emergencies in the Office, Wound Care, Humanitarian Work & Medical Assisting, and Awareness of Life Saving Equipment in the Office.   In addition, let's mark our calendars for the AAMA National Conference September 20-23, 2024, set to take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  If you are interested in this event, please go to the AAMA website for more information.


Reflecting on our recent State conference that was held in April, it was a tremendous success.  As you already know, new officers were elected, and we were fortunate to host a fantastic array of educational speakers, offering a total of 11.5 credits. Topics included Healthy Habits for Wellbeing, Benefits and Challenges of Having a Service Dog, Targeted Violence Prevention and Response and Sickle Cell:  Just the Basics and two speakers on Friday Night, Living with Sleep Apnea and AIDET!  What a great line-up of education that we had at our State Conference.   Thank you to all that came and took advantage of our State Conference!  A special Thank you for all that made this weekend a success!


I encourage each of you to actively engage with both your local chapters and our state society. Your involvement is crucial to our collective success. For those seeking further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to your local officers or state representatives for guidance.  Our next scheduled Executive Zoom meeting will be August 13th at 6:00 PM (there will be NO education offered).    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.


REMEMBER membership with the AAMA, gives you access to the AAMA, ISMA and your local chapter.   You are truly rewarded with membership,  educational opportunities and discounts on the national, state, and local levels.

Here’s to a productive and enriching summer season ahead!

Warm regards,


Katherine Schoonhoven, CMA (AAMA) AAS

President, Illinois Society of Medical Assistants


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