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Student Prepares for New Career Because of Externship

Feb 03, 2014

Alana Gatliff, a student in the medical assisting program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus, is more excited than ever to begin her career in health care after gaining experience working in the field during an externship with Central Kentucky Interventional Pain Center.

“I absolutely love it,” said Alana.  "I’m ready to be in the medical field.  I’ve learned so much in just a few weeks already here.” She is working side-by-side with several other American National University graduates who have been hired by the practice.

Her duties include both administrative and clinical work in the office.  She particularly enjoys helping to prep patients and watching as the physician performs a variety of epidurals and other pain-relieving injections.  “After getting over the nervousness part, I wanted to be in there every time,” said Alana.  “I’m learning a lot…about the whole back area.”

In addition to the externship, Alana is preparing to sit for her certification exam in her Medical Assisting Exam Success Class in which director of health care education Stephanie Slone leads a review for the test. “She’s absolutely amazing,” said Alana.  “She’s really helped.”

Once she completes her externship and becomes certified, Alana feels that she’ll be well prepared for her new career. “It will change my life tremendously, just getting a real career and starting in the medical field,” said Alana. “I’m almost there.”

Alana Gatliff is a medical assisting student preparing to sit for her certification exam.

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