Sebrina Campbell is getting a lot out of her college experience. Sebrina Campbell is a current junior student in the health information management (HIM) program at Doisy College of Health Sciences. In addition to HIM, Sebrina is very active around campus. She serves as a Resident Advisor and Student Worker in the Medical Records Department at SLU Student Health and Counseling Center. Sebrina also serves as president of SLU Active Minds (her second term), volunteers at the Hopewell Center in the Medical Records Department, and is a member of the AHIMA Student Advisory Council. Although she keeps busy with extracurricular activities, Sebrina also finds time to excel in her studies and is a Martin Luther King Scholar and Honors Program student. To top it all off, this year Sebrina was recognized for her academic excellence and received the Student Triumph Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The award is for students with high academic standards who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the future of the HIM profession. Sebrina is such an outstanding student, that we wanted to know how she chose health information management and what she sees as her next steps.
What made you choose HIM for your degree?
"I chose HIM because I wanted to work in the healthcare industry, but knew I didn't want to be a physician. The HIM field is one that appealed to me because it is always changing, offers a wide variety, and is a demanding field. I knew that I enjoyed management and have always seen myself in a leadership role, and HIM was the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in healthcare and my passion for leadership in one major."
Sebrina considers herself a good fit for HIM. "I have always been a natural leader. I thrive in situations where I am able to delegate tasks and manage others. I am very organized and detail oriented which is often necessary for HIM jobs." She also considers her strong communication skills to be an asset as she prepares for entry into the field. "Communication is a key aspect in the health care industry because it is primarily based upon it. Without strong communication, errors in documentation and patient care occur."
What do you see as next steps?
Sebrina is on her way to completing her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management at Saint Louis University, and plans to continue one more year in the Master of Health Administration program. Getting her RHIA, Registered Health Information Administrator credentials, is also on her list of priorities. Sebrina would like to work as a director of an HIM department at a local hospital, where she can continue to gain experience. "I do not know where this job will take me afterwards, but my ultimate goal is to become President or CEO of a health care related facility."There are many choices besides working in a traditional hospital HIM department. "I am also interested in managing a pharmaceutical company, a health systems business, or a special care facility."
Do you feel prepared to graduate?
"SLU's HIM program has helped me prepare for my career in HIM by giving me a large variety of courses. These courses have helped me direct my career path as well as build a strong knowledge foundation that increases after every course. The SLU HIM faculty are very supportive and have really worked with me to greater understand concepts and understand where I would like to go beyond graduation." Her advice for other students: "Take a look at all of your options. There are so many different paths that you can take with an HIM degree. Don't limit your options! Find something that really interests you and go from there. Also, connect with your professors and any HIM professionals."
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