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Pam Audette is Program Chair for Medial Assistant Program

November 2, 2009

Pam Audette BS, MT (ASCP), has accepted the position of program chair and instructor for the Finlandia University Medical Assistant program.

In her position, Pam will direct Finlandia's new Medical Assistant program and begin completing the steps necessary for the program to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

"This will include planning and developing the curriculum, establishing and coordinating externships at local affiliates, and teaching medical assistant classes based on the educational competencies for a medical assistant," Pam explains. "I look forward to the challenge!"

Pam's immediate goals include preparing to teach her first medical assistant class this summer, as well as preparing for the classes she'll teach in the 2010-11 academic year.

Pam was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 1992 she completed a bachelor of science in medical technology at Northern Michigan University. Pam worked in the Microbiology Clinical Laboratory at Marquette General Hospital from 1992 to 1998. She returned to the Copper Country in 1998 to raise her sons.

From 2000 to 2009 Pam worked as the microbiology supervisor in the Clinical Laboratory at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Laurium, Mich. Also at Aspirus Keweenaw, Pam was the clinical teaching supervisor for Northern Michigan University Medical Technician Laboratory student interns.

In 2004, Pam earned a secondary education teaching certificate at Michigan Technological University. She is currently working on a MBA in healthcare management through Western Governors University.

Pam resides in Laurium with her two sons, Curtis and Bryce. She enjoys gardening, collecting depression-era glassware, watching local youth hockey, traveling, and being a life-long learner.

"What I enjoy most so far about my position at Finlandia is the friendly atmosphere of the entire campus," Pam says. "I feel like I have been working here for quite some time as everyone is so friendly and extremely helpful!"

Contact Pam Audette at 906-487-7367,, or visit her office in Mannerheim Hall.

Photo cutline: Pam Audette, program chair and instructor, Finlandia University Medical Assistant program