A Stand-Out Student Advocate Helping MCI Students to Get Ahead in their Field

Students attending MCI, ECPI University’s School of Health Science, know they can rely on advocates in Career Services. However, Jemma Boler, a recruiter with Duke University Hospital and Duke Medicine, who for over five years has been a consistent resource for recruiting students, attending career fairs, critiquing resumes, and participating in advisory boards. Jemma has encouraged MCI students with an interest in employment with Duke Medicine to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) and Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). The CMA is considered the gold standard of medical assisting professionalism. The credential represents a medical assistant who has been certified by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. The RMA is a certification through American Medical Technologists; either the CMA and/or the RMA is required for employment with Duke.

“Jemma has worked with MCI students to provide counsel from how to make themselves look most attractive and stand out when applying, through coaching them on how to perform during the interview process,” says Alan Levinson, who works for MCI career services in Raleigh.

Duke University and Health System is a world-class academic and health care system. Duke Medicine strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

“Hiring managers have been happy with MCI graduates,” said Jemma. “It benefits Duke because MCI students with clinical placements at Duke Medicine allow managers the opportunity to assess their skills as potential hires, and managers have made offers upon graduation.”

The Duke University Health System combines the University School of Medicine, the Duke University School of Nursing, the Duke Clinic, and the member hospitals into a system of research, clinical care, and education with several location and physicians.

“For a hire it is how students sell themselves during clinicals and on their resume,” explained Jemma. “It also helps managers to know the past history of great MCI students currently working at Duke.”