Medical Assistant - Fatoumata Tambadou
Fatoumata Tambadou came to New York City in 2004 from Gambia in West Africa in search of a brighter future. Mrs. Tambadou and her husband are the proud parents of three loving children, two boys and one girl. In 2012, after receiving her permanent resident card, she started to search on the internet for opportunities in the medical field. She found the SUNY Bronx EOC’s website. She could not believe that the programs and services offered were free of charge. Shortly thereafter, she registered to take the Medical Assistant program.
Since her program of choice was not starting any time soon, she decided to begin her educational journey with the Microsoft Office Specialist course and successfully became certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Mrs. Tambadou then enrolled and excelled in the Medical Assistant program thereby receiving the Achievement Award from SUNY. Additionally, as part of the Medical Assistant course she became certified in Access. After the instructional part of the program, Mrs. Tambadou went on to complete an internship at North Central Hospital.
Upon completing her practical experience requirements, she returned to the ATTAIN Lab to complete the Outlook certification and thereby officially became a Microsoft Office Specialist. As if all of that was not enough, Mrs. Tambadou also became a Certified Phlebotomy Technologist. In June of 2013, she successfully obtained a full time position as a Phlebotomist with the New York City Health & Hospital Corporation at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Currently, she is looking forward to gaining as much experience as possible to further her career in the healthcare industry.
Mrs. Tambadou continues to be an example of persistence, perseverance and success. She is an inspiration to her family, friends and community.
Medical Assistant - Mark Hernandez
Mark Hernandez, born and raised in the Bronx and has many dreams and aspirations. Mr. Hernandez and his wife are proud parents of a four-year baby boy. In the fall of 2012, encouraged by his family, Mr. Hernandez decided to pursue his high school equivalency diploma at the SUNY Bronx EOC. His goal was not just to obtain his equivalency diploma but to start a career in the healthcare industry. It took Mr. Hernandez only two months to fully prepare and pass the high school equivalency exam (formally known as GED) in just one try.
Immediately after receiving his diploma, Mr. Hernandez enrolled in the Medical Assistant program and also became a certified Microsoft Office Specialist in Word and Access. He then obtained and successfully completed his internship at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Upon completing all requirements of the program, Mr. Hernandez obtained his certificate and a full time position as a Medical Assistant with a pain management clinic in the Bronx. Since he believes in sharing his success, he encouraged and referred his wife to take the high school equivalency exam. Suffice to say, that with his support and guidance she also passed the test on her first try.
Mr. Hernandez wants the best for his family. He has his sight set on a college degree to better provide for his family. He is currently enrolled at Bronx Community College as Liberal Arts major.