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Mentor to Remember

Author: Skurka, Margaret A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000

The old Army recruiting slogan "Be all that you can be" comes to mind this month as I challenge you to serve as an effective mentor or professional role model for a new HIM professional. With the untimely death of my mentor and program director Rita Finnegan, RHIA, CCS, this....

Resource We Can't Afford Not to Cultivate

Author: Fuller, Barbara P.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2001

How do we nurture our health information students and new professionals? I was prompted to ask myself this question after reading a recent letter from a new HIM graduate. This graduate was asking for a mentor and help in securing a job with a living wage.

Among other ways,....

Team Talk Participants Offer Ways to Make a Difference


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2002

How can we interest students in the HIM profession? How will AHIMA get new members? This spring, AHIMA members were focusing on these and other big issues. At Team Talks meetings across the country, members were talking. And AHIMA was listening.
During the month of March, members of AHIMA....

Beyond GPA: What Are HIM Students Really Thinking About?


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2003

It's a terrific time to be an HIM student. Whether students are making a switch from another industry or upgrading their skills in order to move ahead, the HIM field offers a growing number of diverse, well-compensated career paths that are challenging and rewarding. Plus, not every employment....

Make the Most of Professional Mentoring

Author: Siegel, Barbara

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2003

In classical mythology, the image of a mentor is based on the vision of Odysseus, who entrusted the care of his son to his friend. Mentor was a wise and faithful friend, a counselor, and advisor.

The attributes associated with mentorship come from this classical vision. Today,....

Coder Takes e-HIM to the People

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: October 2007

Interview with Bonnie Sher, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, and one of the first AHIMA members to join the Action Community for e-HIM® Excellence (ACE) program.

ACE Member Shares Her Passion for HIM

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: February 2008

The personal health record is Julie Wolter's self-described passion. It's a passion she hopes to share with other HIM professionals around the country in the coming months as a member of the AHIMA Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE).

ACE Member Mentors Student in HIM Role

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2008

A member of AHIMA’s Action Community for e-HIM Excellence (ACE), Stephanie Peterson has always felt her main contribution to ACE would come through mentoring students. Her chance came after the College of St. Scholastica began offering an internship for RHIA-aspiring seniors called "Explorations." The curriculum-required internship allows HIM students to spend one week with an HIM professional working in a non-traditional HIM role.

ACE Dedicated to Crafting HIM Education, Students


Source: AHIMA Advantage

Publication Date: June 2009

ACE is a collection of HIM professionals at the top of their game, who volunteer into the program to serve as mentors, author articles, conduct industry interviews, and generally support the HIM profession. As an ACE member, Virginia Bell is able to brush up on some of her HIM skills, as well as offer her expertise to others.

HIM Enters an Era of “Powerful Possibilities”

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2009

Discussing his enthusiasm for the HIM field, he said, “I am fortunate to be coming into the field at this time... I missed all the boring stuff and am getting in it when things are really happening.” I laughed and assured him that those of us who have been around for a while have n....

Leading: What It Means in HIM

Author: Rollins, Genna

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010

Times like these require a lot of leadership. That means risk-taking, passion, mentoring, and always striving, say HIM professionals.

The enormous change that healthcare is undergoing calls for professionals in all disciplines to step out of their routines and play....

HIM’s Time to Lead

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010

This is HIM’s time to shine. Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, sees the current debate on national healthcare reform as a great opportunity for HIM professionals to increase their prominence in the healthcare world. The new AHIMA president feels HIM has a lot to offer the conversation and....

Taking The Doctoral Challenge: Educators Push HIM Professionals to Add PhD to Credentials

Author: Brodnik, Melanie S.; Valerius, Joanne D; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2013

The push toward graduate education in health information management (HIM) is becoming a reality as more universities and colleges develop or explore launching HIM and informatics graduate curricula. Fundamental to offering these programs is the need for doctorally prepared HIM-credentialed....

Editorial: The Need for Mentoring and Training

Author: Brownfield, Cathy

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: October 2015

The current demand for coders is extremely high, making it more important than ever for new coders to enter our industry. Many of us are asked, "How do I get into coding?" We then see posts on message boards from students who just graduated saying they can't find a job because they ha....

Salute to PPE Site Managers

Author: Chenoweth, Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2017

For college seniors, May is the time when the job search intensifies—putting the finishing touches on the resume, buying that new interview suit, and making connections with alumni.

The professional practice experience (PPE) is an important part of student education and is a....