[Posted by Michelle Rachal on behalf of Michelle Bass]
Thanks to NCNMLG’s professional development grant, I applied for and was granted provisional AHIP status as of June 2017. I had been on the fence about applying to AHIP as a provisional member but was encouraged to apply by colleagues from current and previous jobs. As luck would have it, Cynthia Henderson, AHIP, Associate Dean Health Sciences Libraries & Director Norris Library at the University of Southern California, is my AHIP mentor. I shared my interest in learning more about medical library budgetary needs as well as management and leadership training opportunities. I look forward to meeting with her in person at the upcoming NCNMLG/MLGSCA Joint chapter meeting in January 2018. Without this grant, I would not have applied for a provisional AHIP membership and would have missed out on this wonderful mentoring opportunity.
[Posted by Claire Sharifi, on behalf of Nicole Capdarest-Arest]
Inspired by Michelle Lieggi and Michelle Rachal, fellow NCNMLG members who received professional development awards to apply for AHIP status, I similarly was very happy to receive NCNMLG’s support to help me put forward an application for AHIP, Senior Member status. Although I’ve been a medical librarian for over 5 years, the application fee for AHIP credentialing had thus far been a barrier to my putting forward an application. But this year, with the grant received from NCNMLG, I finally had everything it took (medical library experience, publications, CE credits, and the application fee) to apply. I’m proud to say my application was just accepted by the MLA Credentialing Committee, and I can now put “AHIP” in my signature line!
To help others out there who might be thinking about going through the AHIP application process, here are a few tips:
- Organize! You will need to have evidence of all of your professional achievements. So if you’re thinking of applying for AHIP, start being diligent about organizing and documenting your CE credits, conference attendance, teaching activities, publications, etc. You will have to provide documentation for everything in PDF format. It’s way easier to get it all uploaded into the system if you are very organized and have this all in one place on your computer with a file naming system.
- PDF compiling software. If you have PDF compiling software (like Adobe Acrobat Pro or similar software), this will be extremely helpful! The submission system asks that you upload supporting documents into as few PDFs as possible. Thanks to having access to good PDF compiling software, I was able to combine all my supporting documentation into one huge PDF, which I then uploaded in one go to the submission system. This made it easier on my end as the submission system can be a little tricky to deal with and, in my opinion at least, it also makes for a more professional looking submission that is easier for the committee to review.
- Plan time. The submission documentation along with sitting at the computer and actually processing the submission form takes more time than expected. Plan for at least several days (if not months, depending on how much time you can work per sitting), even if you’re already extremely organized as mentioned above. You’ll also need a copy of your diploma or master’s degree transcript, so if you don’t have that already, you may need extra time to contact your university to get that.
- Self-care. Be patient with the process. Because you may or may not have been organized in the past about collecting evidence for your professional accomplishments, part of the process may be frustrating (i.e., “I know I have that CE certificate somewhere?!). Remember you don’t have to have every single thing you’ve ever done, just as long as you have enough points overall to satisfy the criteria of the level you’re applying for. It’s a good reminder going forward to keep better track of your accomplishments in an organized way. Give yourself breaks when you need to, and know that you’ll get everything done in due time. This credential is for you!
Overall, I’m extremely grateful to NCNMLG for funding my AHIP application. It was a process that, though time consuming, I found extremely rewarding and well worth it.
Nicole Capdarest-Arest, MA(LIS), AHIP
The MLA Medical Informatics Section (MIS) awards up to $1,500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics. If you’ve been wanting to take a course or attend a conference related to medical informatics but haven’t had the funds, then this is an opportunity worth exploring! MIS membership is a preferred qualification, so as a member you already have a step up on the competition!
The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. For further information or to apply, go to the grant information page at http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=301
November 15 is the NEW deadline to submit papers, lightening talks, and special content session proposals for the upcoming meeting, Crossing the Canyon: Bridging Divides and Navigating Waters, January 21 – 24, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.
See the meeting website for instruction on where to submit your abstract proposals. http://mlgsca.mlanet.org/joint2018/
NCNMLG Mentorship Program
The NCNMLG Mentorship Program is an informal program designed to connect mentors and mentees around areas of common interest. Please see the mentor booklet for a list of mentors, and contact Stephen Kiyoi at Stephen.email@example.com to learn more about the program, connect with a mentor, or volunteer to serve as a mentor in the chapter.