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Chula Vista - Dental Assistant
In 2008 I lost my job as a director in early childhood development after twenty years in the field. The social service program I was working for got hit with a massive funding cut, and I came to the realization that no matter where you are in life, you sometimes have to learn to embrace the change. My change would be reinventing myself professionally.
When I walked into Pima Medical Institute in January 2009, I wasn’t sure if there was a specific program I would be interested in. My eventual decision to go into the Dental Assisting Program wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement of the staff, and I would not be where I am today without them.
Being a PMI alumnus makes me extremely proud, and I feel confident in my skills and what I learned from my instructors at Pima. In spite of our economic situation today, I was fortunate to be hired during my externship. I am a member of the PMI Advisory Board and continue to be a positive example to the externs that I come into contact with. It is my desire to instill in them the highest expectations and standards we hold for them as Pima Medical graduates, and I know I will help enable them to be some of the best-trained dental assistants in the field.
I fell in love with this field because of the transformation and satisfaction of each patient we handle. It gives me such joy every time I see one of our patients smile and I am proud to be a part of that.
Las Vegas - Pharmacy Tech
My experience at Pima was great! The area where I gained the most from Pima was through my externship. Working hard 8 hours a day every day of the week, feeling tired at the end of the day and knowing I did a good job felt great. This feeling and experience of working was especially gratifying because I have never had a job before. This experience was invaluable in my life. My externship not only prepared me for a job and a profession but it prepared me for life.
I was hired by CVS pharmacy for a few hours a week right after completing my externship. When another location was available with more hours, I was able to transfer within the company. I am now at a store where I make a great difference in people's lives every day.
Tucson - OTA
Before and during my program at Pima Medical Institute my life was blessed with many changes and challenges. In the summer of 2010, life was particularly stressful for me. I found myself a single mother with no job, homeless, and struggling to keep the little state assistance that I did receive. I filed for bankruptcy, I lost my newly purchased home, and I was struggling to find the right path. I knew I had to find something soon so I could provide for my son.
I started researching what jobs were still hiring in the medical profession. I met with an admissions counselor, Adam, at Pima Medical to choose my program and, after much discussion, he suggested I observe an Occupational Therapy Assistant in action. The more I learned about OT, the more it just seemed to fit my dreams, my personality, and my needs for a career. As I observed the gentleman I was shadowing, I realized I could do this the rest of my life.
Two years later, I am now a graduate from PMI’s OTA program. I graduated at the top of my class with a 3.65 GPA. I want to thank all the wonderful people at Pima Medical for their guidance, support, and dedication to the program and for helping me succeed in life. Finishing my program was an achievement worth the rough road. Now I find myself expecting my second child and looking forward to a promising new career as a COTA. Thank you PMI – I couldn’t have done it without you!
Chula Vista - MA
To me PMI means: “ read moreTo me PMI means: “People Making It!” Making people’s dreams come true and providing a better future. I have been in the medical field as a Medical Assistant for more than 11 years. I have worked in many different specialties and practices. I’ve gained an awesome experience working with the San Diego Padres in the Orthopedic Sports Medicine department and worked with pediatrics to geriatrics. From clinics to hospital environments, I’ve learned new skills and gained experiences, met many different types of people of different cultures, backgrounds, and professions.
I am currently now one of the Medical Assistant Instructor for PMI, sharing my knowledge, experiences, and skills to our future Medical Assistants of tomorrow. I am in love with my profession with passion. I am in love with it so much that I have continued my education to become a Registered Nurse.
I teach what I love and love what I teach. It’s true what people say, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life!” I take pride in what I do and what I have accomplished and, will accomplish.
If it wasn’t for PMI, I wouldn’t be where I would be today. I am proud to say that “I am a PMI.”