HIM Professionals: Finding Creative Ways to Mentor

by Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
(Excerpted with permission: For The Record Vol. 31 No. 2 P. 30)

For the busy HIM professional, it sometimes seems as if there are never enough hours in the day to complete that lengthy to-do list. You may legitimately wonder how mentoring would fit into such a busy schedule. Fortunately, there are ways to make it work. The following are ideas on how this can be accomplished:

  • Write an article for an industry news source offering helpful how-to tips and advice.
  • Offer to speak or teach a class at a local college or regional HIM meeting.
  • Volunteer to guide a student intern. Whether it be for a day or a month, you will help that individual grow simply by letting them observe and shadow different positions within your department or office.
  • Volunteer to present a webinar for a vendor or a professional association such as AHIMA or AAPC. It’s great practice for public speaking. Should it prove to be a success, it may become a regular gig and a source of additional income.
  • Investigate becoming part of a formal mentoring program. Many companies offer mentoring programs in which you can volunteer to mentor someone or become a mentee yourself.
  • Become a committee member for a task force on an unfamiliar topic. You will help educate others and learn something in the process.
  • Mentoring can be fun. Host a Take Your Kid to Work Day in your department. Shadowing a parent can inspire the future leaders of tomorrow. Have the youngsters play games that emulate the medical record process. For example, they can create their “own” medical record with a file folder. They can take an “X-ray” of their hand on the copy machine that can be placed into their patient file. Have them type a report—perhaps even write a progress note.

Those interested in becoming a mentor should research the topic to learn more about what it takes to become successful. In that regard, resources such as AHIMA’s Engage Community, which features a mentor matching program designed to help HIM professionals participate in such a program, are invaluable.

Keep in mind that mentoring doesn’t occur solely at work—you can mentor in your family and social life as well.


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Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Darice Gryzbowski is President of H.I.Mentors, a company which provides best practice health information and revenue cycle consulting services, education, leadership and key performance indicator software to health care providers. Darice is a sought after lecturer on topics from revenue cycle management to electronic health records and has published over 50 papers and spoken at all major health association conferences across the country. Darice believes strongly and is committed to guiding organizations, students, and staff to reach their highest potential in health information management. Darice can be contacted at [email protected].

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