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Topic Originator: Steve Verno
Post Date October 22, 2007 @ 6:22 AM
Externships Wanted


Steve Verno
October 22, 2007 @ 6:22 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

If you are a hospital, health clinic, physician practice or medical billing company, in the Orlando, Florida area, Florida Metropolitan University is asking if you would be willing to accept Medical Coding and Medical Billing students in an externship.

These students will be required to work at your location so that they can learn hands-on experience in coding and billing.  They will receive no pay during their externship.  These students undergo an intensive training program, where the instructors are real coders and medical billers, not someone that was hired simply because they had an associates degree.  They are also taking the AAPC, CPC exam and the National Health Career Association CBCS exam.  The University is also working with the Medical Association of Billers to become a proctor site for the Certified Medical Billing Specialist, CMBS exam.

If you have an opening, for students who are eager to learn our profession, using real live experiences, please contact me here or Dr. Youssef, the Department Chair at 407-628-5870

Molly Walecki
December 12, 2007 @ 3:46 AM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

I live in Apple Valley, Calif. (High Desert) near Barstow. I have had my CPC-A for 3 years now, but have been unable to get a job because of no experience.  Apprentices are between a rock and a hard spot, no experience they won't hire you, how can you get experience if no one will hire you.  This is a career change for me, I wanted to get into the medical field and felt this would be a good job to do.  After all the medical field will never go away.  When I see ads for billers and coders, I call and ask about an externship, (no cost to them). No one wants to be bothered with it, just want to hire someone with experience.  How can we get offices to help new students with getting experience.

Steve Verno
December 12, 2007 @ 7:03 PM Reply  |  Email Friend   |  |Print  |  Top

1)  This is an oversaturated profession now.

2)  Doctors hired someone with no training or experience and they were burned.  Now they don't trust anyone.  They would rather outsource to a companyt that has been in business and has the experience.

3)  The untrained and inexperienced are also applying for the positions, so the office staff is now immune to marketing.

4)  I have tons of experience, tons of certification and I teach coding and billing.  I get the excuse I am overqialified, so I can't get hired and I've been looking for full time work for 3 years now.  

You just have to keep trying and never give up.



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