Happy New Year, THIMA Members & Colleagues!
As Chair for the THIMA Pathways Committee I am sending you an update on the Mentor Program. As many of you know this initiative started just a few years ago and gained immediate interest by both our future members, as students prepared for entering the HIM careers, and others, as they looked at career changes and joined HIM. Many of you have been or are a Mentee, and many of you are already Mentors. However, as this fiscal year began and I reviewed the status of the program, I learned that at least 2 Mentees were without an assigned Mentor, and several Mentors had 2 or more Mentees.
I would like to ask each of you to personally consider completing the application to become a Mentor, as we have a new set of students graduating soon. I personally have found the program to be rewarding and it helps me focus on the non‐academic aspects of being a HIM professional. Recently, I even had the opportunity to assist a previous Intern with an interview dilemma. Our discussion made me take a step back and wonder why we did not have this discussion a couple of years ago. ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’.
For those of you not familiar with the THIMA Mentor Program, here are a few objectives:
- To integrate students learning experiences with professional career experiences, thereby preparing them for the effective leadership roles in the HIM field and other careers in healthcare…
- To help the mentee identify and set realistic, measurable, and attainable short‐term and long‐term professional goals.
When you click on the link, it will take you to the Mentor Application. The application will ask you a few questions, and it includes those areas of HIM you feel best suited to assist: Revenue Cycle, Compliance, Coding, etc.
Additionally, there is a portal on KnowledgeConnex where Mentors and Mentees can share references and ideas.
I can be available for additional questions if needed. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is hoping 2021 will bring calm and health to everyone.
RHIA, HIM Pathways Chair