Sherry Pfaff-Doody Director, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, Sparrow Health System, Lansing, MI speaks with Jeffrey Mosher. Her department is the CAMW! (Capital Area Michigan Works!) MVP for November 2018.
In today’s health care labor market, medical assistants are in high-demand!
● To meet the industry’s occupational needs, Sparrow Health System and other local health care facilities enlisted the help of Capital Area Michigan Works! to recruit those interested in participating in an apprenticeship program for medical assistants.
● The first cohort of Sparrow’s Medical Assistant Training Program began in January 2018 and the medical assistants graduated on Tuesday, Nov. 27th.
● This year there are five medical assistants going through the program and they will have 12 in the 2019 cohort.
● As Sparrow's first cohort wraps up, they constantly are thinking of ways to enhance the program moving forward..
● The workshop was geared toward employers wanting to develop and launch a US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program and she found it very helpful.
● As the labor market gets tighter in the future Sparrow will begin looking to expand their program to other occupations in the healthcare field.
● The majority of Sparrows medical assistant positions work full-time. As they go through the program, the medical assistants attend class and do on-the-job training where they can apply and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Sparrow's program pays the medical assistants to be in the classroom learning these skills.
Learn more about career opportunities at Sparrow Health System at www.careers.sparrow.org