In our Alumni Career Spotlight series, you will meet some of our alumni and learn about the important work they are doing to create a healthier nation and world.
Employer: Robin Healthcare
Current position: Medical Scribe
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Degree(s): Health Services Management, Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI, 2021
Why did you choose your major/program?
While taking an exploratory course my freshman year, I remember listening to fellow students talk about the degrees IUPUI offered. As I had not yet decided what degree I wanted to pursue at IUPUI, I enjoyed hearing from students from all different backgrounds explaining their studies and why they chose to pursue their particular degree.
The student coming from Fairbanks School of Public Health explained the importance of public health, including epidemiology, finance, and policy. It was a perfect degree path for me as I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field. The more I learned during my studies, the more I understood the importance of both clinical and administrative work in the healthcare field.
Do you have any research interests?
As I was a member of a research team during my undergraduate career, I am interested in pursuing more research opportunities in graduate school. Although I do not have specific research interests at this time, I am open to exploring and finding a project I can learn more about and contribute to. The opportunities are endless.
Briefly describe your career path.
I will be attending medical school in July 2022 and this will be a four-year degree. The first two years, I will be learning in the classroom and lab. In the final two years, I will have the opportunity to complete clinical rotations in a variety of specialties, including but not limited to, family medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology.
After my four years of medical school, I will then have to apply for residency, which can be anywhere from three to eight years of additional training. At the time, I am not certain what I would like to specialize in as I am trying to keep an open mind and find what truly suits me as a physician. Once I have completed my residency, I will seek a position as a physician where I can utilize my training and expertise.
Describe what an average day for you might be like.
I have been fortunate to work as a remote medical scribe for the past six months. I usually work from 9-5 p.m. and am responsible for observing patient-provider encounters to produce medically professional SOAP note documentation, handling all information in compliance with HIPAA, and assigning accurate codes for reimbursement.
As I transition into becoming a medical student, I can imagine my average day will look similar to my undergraduate experience, but much more intense. I will be required to fulfill more coursework in advanced subjects, dedicate a significant amount of time to studying, and complete lab work. While it will be challenging, I am certain it will be very rewarding.
What advice would you give your college self about pursuing your current career path or industry?
I would tell my college self to not be afraid to ask for help in seeking opportunities and to network. It was late into my sophomore year when I really started becoming involved on campus and in the community. If I would have started volunteering, joining clubs, and seeking other opportunities my freshman year, I would have been afforded more connections in the community and chances to give back to IUPUI. This university is a great place to learn and grow academically, personally, and professionally.
What is a lesson learned at FSPH that you have been able to apply to your career?
Prevention is the best medicine. As I am preparing to matriculate into medical school where I will be studying osteopathic medicine, this lesson will be utilized throughout my studies and when I am able to treat patients.
What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
Besides being accepted into medical school, I have been enjoying my time with friends and family. As I am from Des Moines, Iowa, going to school in Indianapolis, Indiana to play basketball was a big challenge. I was not able to see my friends and family as much as I would have liked, so now that I have the time to catch up with them and make new memories, I am incredibly thankful. This time has also allowed me to find and enjoy new hobbies and interests, such as reading and baking.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What’s next for you?
In 10 years, I hope to be a certified Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and practice medicine in a field I thoroughly enjoy, whether that is pediatrics, family medicine, or women’s health. I hope to be contributing to the community I am a part of in more ways than providing medical care and helping others who are in pursuit of medical school.
What is your favorite IUPUI/FSPH memory?
My favorite Fairbanks School of Public Health memories come from all of the practical assignments we were given, such as mock interviews, résumé building, and presenting to an audience. These memories stick with me because at the time, I was really dreading them, but reflecting back, they were incredibly helpful in finding a job after graduation and applying to graduate school.