What interested you in becoming a coding education and quality coordinator?

I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field, but also knew that hands-on patient care was not for me. Health information management, particularly coding, was the perfect fit. I was drawn to the anatomy and physiology knowledge that was required, the ability to work independently, and also the flexibility the field allowed.

What physical and/or soft skills do you need to have to succeed?

To succeed in coding, you must be detail oriented, self-motivated, and always willing to expand your knowledge.

What advice would you give to interested high school students?

I would recommend interested parties thoroughly research the field of Coding and gather information from potential academic institutions regarding their HIM program offerings. I would also strongly encourage shadowing a coding professional to gain knowledge of the day-to-day workload.

What interested you in working at Cleveland Clinic?

A variety of things contributed to my interest in working at Cleveland Clinic. With both of my parents employed at Cleveland Clinic, I saw firsthand that Cleveland Clinic is a great place to work and grow. Also, after completing my required clinical rotations at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus my confidence in applying for a job was increased. Finally, because Cleveland Clinic is one of the top hospitals in the country I knew as a coder I would be challenged every day and knew I would be working with exceptional professionals in the field.

What excites you about working as a coding analyst?

HIM is always evolving and Cleveland Clinic is a pioneer in the development and implementation of new systems. Every day is challenging and leaves you with a sense of accomplishment.

What has been your most gratifying experience as a coding analyst?

My most gratifying experience comes from the teaching aspect of my job. Whether it’s helping a group of coders learn something new or helping one individual with a challenging case, helping and teaching others is what I find most rewarding.

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