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.