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Ben McBride-Medical Assistant Instructor Extraordinaire

Published on March 6, 2014 by Bob Trewartha

Here at Broadview University-Orem, we are lucky to have some great faculty. One of our new medical assistant (MA) instructors, Ben McBride, brings a combination of expertise, passion and work ethic to the classroom. I had a chance to sit down and ask him a few questions about his experience and advice for his students. Here are some of the highlights from the conversation.

What is your educational background?

I attended Stevens Henegar and received an AAS degree. I was the first in my family to graduate college of any kind. Since then I have been trumped by my brother, who is a doctor, and another brother and sister who are both pharmacy techs.

Ben and one of his students examining medical instruments

Tell me a little about your experience

I graduated in 2008 and have worked in two clinics since that time. I still work there once in a while in order to keep teaching the things that are prevalent in this field.

Any advice for new students?

Attending classes with a can-do attitude is 90 percent of the battle. Have great organization and love the time you are in school. You will miss it when you are gone.

Any advice for medical assistant students entering the field?

Be the “next step MA”. Ask questions from providers. Keep yourself busy. Love the patients, even the hard ones to love. Keep learning because you have only just begun.

Any stories from the medical industry that you’d like to share?

I have sat with patients and laughed. I have sat with patients and cried. It’s part of the job. I took the time to get to know my patients, and so when I left working the first clinic I was in, patients came in just to tell me goodbye. No paycheck could ever be that rewarding.

Why do you think education is so important?

Because we all want to succeed in life. Education is not a sure thing for success but the statistics prove that it is your best chance.

Any additional thoughts?

I went back to school when I was 34 years old. I had a wife and four children all under the age eight. It was tough. But I read an article that said 90 percent of children whose parents graduated college will graduate from college. That was my driving force. I had always been drawn to medicine so I went to school to be a cave-dwelling radiation tech. I ended up having to do my externship hours as an MA and fell in love with the job and the patients. Grateful for every minute of it.

Ben’s story is similar to a lot of Broadview students—going back to school years after high school to gain an education that gives you a career. If there is a lesson to be learned, it’s to never give up, to get an education and pursue your dreams.

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