The School Experience
Q. Why did you pick your program at CD-ED?
I choose Health Information Management CD‐ED because I always had a desire to work in the health care field. Having a background in computer science and business administration I wanted a program that would align with my previous education background.
In addition, cd-ed offered an online program compared to other institutions that only offered in-class teaching. This was flexible to me and enabled me to study when I was off work.
I also didn’t have to move based on the fact that I reside in Alberta.
Q. Which part of the course was the most enjoyable? Most challenging? How did you handle this?
In general, I enjoyed the entire course. I was very interested in all the subjects that they taught so I put in the effort to understand the subject material. I always knew what job I wanted to do so I made sure I understood every material and asked for help whenever I needed it.
The challenging part I found was not having enough contact with fellow students taking the program (unlike my previous courses where I went to class) but on the brighter side, CD‐ED has amazing instructors who offered support and feedback as soon as they were able to.
This helped with challenging assignments and understanding the concepts better.
Entering the WorkForce
Q. Where are you working now? What’s your job title?
I am working with Alberta Health Services as a clinical coding specialist
Q. What is a typical day like for you at work?
A typical day is me working an 8‐4 job with an amazing team of health information professionals.
I mostly do coding and abstracting of charts in all areas such as inpatient coding, emergency charts, clinics, and day surgeries.
My job is enjoyable because each chart is different and I get to learn a lot.
The other fun part is being able to share ideas among the team and learn and support each other.
Q. What program skills do you use the most in your work?
I mostly use my coding and computing skills, medical terminologies, anatomy, and pathophysiology all areas the program offered each course helps.
Q. Anything else you’d like to share about your overall experience?
I had an amazing experience taking the program.
The many assignments and practicums prepared me for the real job world. I did get hired as soon as I graduated.
To future and current students, take your time and understand what is being taught if you don’t understand ask for help.
While in placement treat it as your job oftentimes those are the places that will hire you once you graduate.
Best of luck to you all.