Julie Burns graduated from the Medical
Assisting program at Cañada College in December of 2015. After earning her
Associates degree, Julie was accepted into San Francisco State University where
she majored in Recreation. Focusing primarily in Recreational Therapy, Julie
dedicated much of her time to volunteering at therapeutic recreation facilities
such as BOK Ranch in Woodside. She was also an intern for the Coastside Adult
Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay where she designed and implemented the Music
and Memory Program. Julie currently works for Stanford Children’s Health as a Training
Coordinator in the Information Services Department.
What initially made you decide to take
Medical Assisting classes at Cañada College?
I always knew that
I wanted to work in the medical field, and wanted to start with Medical
Assisting, which I knew would give me great in to patient care.
Did you explore other Medical Assisting
Programs in the area before taking classes at Cañada College?
Yes, but I chose the program at Cañada College
because it was small, and I knew I would get a more personalized education
there. I also love the campus!
What did you enjoy the most about the
Medical Assisting Program at Cañada College?
I enjoyed how
small it was. It allowed for me to establish personal connections with my peers
and instructors, and also made for a better learning environment.
How do you feel your courses in the
Medical Assisting program prepared you for your career?
My courses at Cañada
College prepared me tremendously. We were given real life scenarios and our
courses were very hands-on, which gave me a better understanding of the
material that was being taught.
What advice would you give to students
currently in the Medical Assisting program at Cañada College?
I would tell them
to enjoy their courses to the fullest, to ask as many questions as they can,
and to develop relationships with instructors as they make wonderful resources
once you graduate. Also, volunteer when you can to gain more experience. I will
only prepare you more!
What do you love the most about working in
the healthcare industry?
I love making a
positive difference in someone’s life! I also crave knowledge and love to
learn. Although I am not working in patient care, I am still working in the
healthcare industry and am learning how challenging, yet invigorating it can be
to work behind the scenes.