The Old "Foot in the Door" Conundrum
October 30, 2012 6:01 PM Subscribe
Plenty of education, but no experience--how do I break into health information management or roles as a trainer in a healthcare setting?
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I am a person with a professional background in librarianship, training/instruction, and adult education. I'm enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program in health information management and informatics that will make me eligible to sit for the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) exam. My career goals are to work in a health information management role or as a trainer in a healthcare setting, maybe in support of electronic health record systems and system implementations, so I feel like this program triangulates nicely with my other professional skills.
But I don't know how to get my first job, because everyone wants experience, and I don't have any healthcare experience at all. And I can't figure out how to remedy that. Everyone seems to want coding experience for almost any health information job, medical office experience for any billing job, and healthcare-specific experience for any training job. Do I try to get an entry-level medical records clerk job? Do I really need to become a medical assistant also in order to get my foot in the door? Is there anything I could be doing better right now, or are there any great foot-in-the-door opportunities I might be missing? Are there any associations I should join?
Assume that I have already tried my best to use whatever placement/experience services my school may or may not offer. I have also talked to the American Health Information Management Association about mentor opportunities.
Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.