Over the summer, I interned in the Wexner Medical Center’s Medical Information Management department. As an intern, I assisted in updating and ensuring the accuracy of medical records through managing the proper assignment of inpatient and outpatient documents.
Through this internship, my assumptions about my future career were changed through this internship. Before this experience, I was unsure of what would lie ahead of me with my future and my career path. However, this internship gave me some clarity to the potential fields and career paths that I may lead upon graduation. Prior to this experience, I thought my only option as a Health Information Management and Systems major was coding. However, I learned that coding could be one of the few options for me; and at that, an option for only a few years. With more experience, I will be able to manage the coding team, manage the department. Furthermore, I could work in IT, billing, or reimbursement. The possibilities are endless. This internship allowed me to realize what I want to do upon graduation: work for the healthcare software company EPIC as a consultant.
This STEP project allowed me to realize my ideal job after graduation, working for the consulting team at EPIC. However, to explain how my internship led to this transformation, I first need to detail what opportunities this internship gave me, what EPIC is, and how I came to this career path realization.
At my internship, I had a variety of duties to perform in the Medical Information Management department. One of my main duties was document imaging. In this, I would scan, mail, and assign a variety of inpatient and outpatient documents to the correct patient and document type. This was especially tricky for outpatient since the document types would look different from physician to physician and hospital to hospital. Documents ranged from echos, EKGs, cardiac monitoring report, cardiac catherizations, stress tests, nuclear medicines, operatives, procedures, ultrasounds, CTs, MRIs, x-rays, physician letters, history and physicals, discharge notes, orders, calipers, telemetries, and the list could go on. I would have to scan in and assign over 400 documents within a 24-hour period of receiving these documents.
Once these documents are scanned in, physicians and HIMS professionals can view these documents through the patient’s electronic medical records in EPIC. EPIC is one of the three major healthcare software companies in the United States. As a consultant through EPIC, I would travel throughout the United States and implement this software at other major hospitals and healthcare organizations.
In this experience, one of the relationships that I made was with a current manager of a department within the Medical Information Management department. This manager has recently taken a new part-time position with EPIC. She opened my eyes, mentored me through the summer, and introduced me to the wide opportunities and career paths that would lie ahead of me upon graduation.
This transformation is significant to my life because it allowed me to have some clarity in my future after graduation. HIMS is a small major that has big potential. Although HIMS students are valuable and often receive many job offerings post graduation, there are often very differing positions and career paths to follow. However, through this internship experience, I was not only given valuable work experience, but also clarity. This internship gave me something valuable: a clear understanding of where I want to take my first couples of steps into my professional career.