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Virginia’s Profile and Background

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LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/virginiachambers

Portland Community College, Medical Assisting Dept. Chair, Program Director, and Clinical Coordinator, 2009- Present

  • Program and department responsibilities include:
    • Develop of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) curriculum for Medical Assisting
    • Maintain up to date curriculum with PCMH standards for recognition
    • Develop of clinical lab workflows based on LMG, PMG, and OHSU standard practices
    • Develop of best practices and standards for student performance
    • Develop of up to date clinical and administrative competencies for accreditation
    • Develop of assessment tools used to evaluate student softskills performance
    • Implement standard assessment tools for evaluation student softskills performance
    • Train faculty on student softskills evaluation techniques
    • Observe student performance and provide essential feedback on administrative and clinical skills
    • Develop of standard operating procedures for Medical Assisting department and staff
    • Coordinate, plan, and facilitate biannual health fair and screening events for both Willow Creek Center and Cascade Campus
    • Develop and maintain up to date clinical affiliation contracts for student placement
    • Develop new community partnerships and clinical affiliations for student placement
    • Develop assessment strategies for evaluating program and course outcomes


  • Leadership Excellence and Development, LEAD Academy, Portland Community College – cohort 2021
  • YESS Workgroup: ESOL Subgroup, Portland Community College – committee 2020
  • Women in Healthcare, Oregon Chapter – member 2019
  • Health Professionals Task Force, Portland Community College – committee 2012-2013
  • Health Professionals Work Group, Portland Community College – committee 2018-present
  • American Association for Medical Assistants (AAMA) – member 2009-present
    • Continuing Education Board member 2014-2019
    • Leaders in Education and Practice Task Force 2014-present
  • River Cities Chapter of the AAMA, Immediate Past President– board member 2015-2016
  • River Cities Chapter of the AAMA, President– board member 2014-2015
  • River Cities Chapter of the AAMA, Continuing Education Chair– board member 2012-2015
  • River Cities Chapter of the AAMA, Educators Forum Chair – board member 2015-present
  • Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) – member 2013-present
  • Oregon Medical Group Managers Association (OMGMA) – member 2014-present


  • LGBTQ Meaningful Care Conference, Portland, OR, 2014
  • Oregon Medical Association, Care Connection Health Fair, Portland, O, 2013
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Walk, Portland, OR, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • World Organization for Organic Farming (WOOF), Mullingar, Ireland, 2005
  • Outside In, Homeless Youth Clinic, Portland, OR, 2005
  • Northwest Medical Teams, Oaxaca Mexico,1999, 2000, 2001


  • Golden Apple award, American Association of Medical Assistants, 2015
  • Educator of the Year award, Oregon Society of Medical Assistants, 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching, League of Innovation in Community Colleges, 2017


  • How Nurses and Medical Assistants Can Foster a Culture of Immunization in the Practice (CDC Video), Immunization Education & Training, Atlanta, GA, 2019
  • HIPAA security risk assessment, Annual Conference, Oregon Society of Medical Assistants, Silverton, OR, 2019
  • Free Immunization Training (Within Reach E-learning), Vaccine Training for Medical Assistants, Seattle, WA, 2018
  • HIPAA compliance review and updates, Annual Conference, Oregon Society of Medical Assistants, Eugene, OR, 2017
  • Knowledge, skills, and attributes for providing patient-centered vaccines, Oregon Flu Summit, Oregon Health Authority Immunization Program, 2016
  • Northwest Regional Joint Conference, Oregon Society of Medical Assistants (OSMA) and Washington State Society of Medical Assistants (WSSMA), Portland, OR, 2016
    • General session: Patient-Centered Medical Home softskills enhancement for medical assistants
    • Leaders in Education and Practice (LEAP) session: Implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) curriculum
  • National Conference, American Society of Medical Assistants (AAMA), Portland, OR, 2015
    • Leaders in Education and Practice (LEAP) session: Implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) curriculum


The Education Fund (SEIU-UHW & Joint Employer Education Fund), 2020
  • Independent contractor – curriculum design
  • Developed Telehealth Basics course in Canvas for Kaiser Employee’s
Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, Independent contractor for continuing education, 2015- 2019
  • Independent contractor – curriculum design and instruction
  • Developed, maintain up to date curriculum, and teach HIPAA Compliance with Security Risk Assessment for healthcare professionals
  • Developed, maintain up to date curriculum, and teach OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens for healthcare professionals
Portland Community College, Medical Assisting Program, 2009 – present
  • See above description of roles and responsibilities
Oregon Health & Science University, Clinical Research Coordinator, Endocrinology, Dr. Andrew Ahmann, 2008-2009
  • Preformed clinical trial visits with research subjects for FDA approved studies, obtained vital signs, specimen collection and protocol specimen processing, detailed documentation following study protocol, worked with the institutional review board on study protocol submissions
Woodstock Family Medicine, Medical Assistant, Lead, 2006-2008
  • Preformed clinical and administrative functions; spirometry, adult and pediatric immunizations, venipuncture, etc. Responsible for new employee training, maintaining office CLIA compliance, laboratory ordering and inventory
Doctors Family Clinic & Immediate Care Clinic, Medical Assistant, X-ray technician, 1997-2007
  • Preformed venipuncture, specimen collection and processing, vital signs and health histories, immunizations for adults and pediatrics, assisted in minor surgeries and suture repairs, preformed suture removals, cast removals and patient education, developed standard paperwork and forms for documentation (medications flow sheet, CLIA waived testing etc.), wrapping and packaging of sterile equipment
Oregon Health Science University, Clinical Research Assistant, Bone and Mineral Clinical Research Unit, 1996-1998
  • Performed DEXA scans for clinical trials, specimen collection and processing, followed study protocols and procedures, and worked with the IRB for protocol and consent approval
Mt. View Medical Center, Medical Assistant, X-ray and DEXA Technician, 1995-1996