#IAmGalen: Anyssa Buchanan, Associate Technical Consultant

#IAmGalen: Anyssa Buchanan, Associate Technical Consultant


Anyssa BuchananWhen did you join Galen, and what do you do here?

I joined Galen in January 2015. I was finishing my last semester at Boston University when I joined as a Technical Services Intern. As an intern I bought munchkins, baked various breads, cookies …. And assisted with two data conversions (migration) projects. A year later, I’m now an Associate Technical Consultant. I’m still focusing on data migration projects which is great because I enjoy the challenge of developing scripts and gaining familiarity with new EMRs. Last summer I joined the HIE Connect team where I’ve been working on data extraction as well as script development for multiple EMRs.

What sort of work did you do in college?

Most of my work experience in college wasn’t related to what I’m currently doing. I actually worked on web development projects, UI/UX design and a little bit of mobile app development.  I received a degree in Sociology which is a bit odd since I’m working on technical projects/ tasks instead of essays and ethnographic studies.

What were you looking for during your job search? What made you choose Galen?

Since I was going into my second semester at BU, I was mainly looking for an internship that could potentially turn into a full time opportunity.  I was fortunate to be offered a full time position before I graduated.

What team did you join at Galen and what does that team do?

I joined the Technical Services team at Galen. Technical Services focuses on interface development, data migration projects, HIE implementation, TechOps, and custom programming.

What has been most unexpected about working here?

Knowing you’re not alone or knowing everyone is willing to help out was really surprising.  I was expecting the opposite to be honest -so basically you’re on a project, it’s just you, figure it out, no one is going to help you kind of deal. I’ve been here for almost 2 years and have witnessed many Galeneers lend a helping hand. No one hesitates to ask questions and everyone is always willing to help whether they’re on Professional Services, Technical Services or Products.

What do you like about the culture here?

The freedom. Even though I’m on Technical Services, I still have the opportunity to write blog articles which are usually marketing tasks. If I want to learn a new skill, such as interface development or reporting, all I have to do is ask. I feel like a handful of companies lack this level of freedom or flexibility and employees are often stuck in their day-to-day tasks/routine.

Anything else you think is important for someone to know about Galen?

You’ll learn something new each day. Sounds lame but it’s the truth. Whether you’re learning a new SQL trick or a random fact about Florida…you’ll learn something new.

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