I’m a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Health Information Management. I held two healthcare internship positions at both the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System as well as at Advocate Health Care. During my time at UIC I also worked part time as an New Home Sales Assistant with Hartz Construction Company, a local Chicagoland builder. I credit Hartz with helping to develop my client-relationship skills.
What originally drew you to Galen/what was your first impression?
What originally drew me to Galen was the prospect of working for a healthcare consulting company. Consulting first piqued my interest after I had discovered the potential career paths that I could pursue with my major. I had the chance to speak with several alumni of the HIM program at UIC who went on to work as consultants that convinced me it was an amazing job opportunity. In part it was also because of the familiarity of everything listed in the job description. I had found a job that was directly relatable to what I had been taught in school, which is exactly what I wanted (not to have wasted my money).
What does your job entail, and what is the one thing you hope to do in it this role?
My job entails knowledge of SQL syntax combined with clinical data relevancy to support VCO and complete EHR data migrations. One thing I hope to do in this role is make a lasting impression on the clients that I help. After all, the primary reason I decided to pursue a career in healthcare was to assist with improving the quality of patient care.
What do you like about the culture here? What do you think makes it unique?
What I like about Galen is how relaxed and laid-back it is here. Everyone jokes around and there’s a sense of comradery, which I don’t think you find too often at other jobs. I can also come to work in just casual dress attire like jeans and a flannel like it’s no big deal. I thought starting a full-time job would be incredibly hard to get used to coming from college, but in reality it’s actually been an easy transition for a recent graduate to make.
Anything else you’d like people to know?
I might be young and inexperienced, but I think I make up for that with my willingness to learn, my ability to think and work independently, and my social skills.
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