What am I doing?

Jeffrey-Martin-croppedHere's an interesting new tactile experience:

I'm wearing scrubs. I've never worn scrubs before. I never had a reason to. I do now, though, because we have to wear them to class. Scrubs feel weird. They feel like the clothes you put on while you're waiting to put on other clothes. They're not so much articles of clothing; they're more like slipcovers for your body.

Let's review.

Regular readers know I'm a real student here at Fountainhead (all the cool kids call it FCT), but let's talk about my program for a little minute.

I am working towards an Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management with a concentration in Medical Coding. How's that for a piece of fried gold? It even sounds impressive. But it's not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of FCT. Most people come here wanting to be one of the cyber-boys or girls, getting a degree in Information Technology, working with computers all day. It's all about the Pentiums and, from what I can tell, the program here is absolutely outstanding. A good friend of mine in the IT program is pulling down an obscene amount of money at a good, stable job, because of the education he continues to receive here.

So why didn't I do that? Why come to a technological school for Medical Coding classes?

First of all, math and I don't get along. As soon as I hear the word "calculus," my throat tightens up. I have severe math anxiety and to do the computer stuff, you've got to know the math stuff. That's my personal reason, but I have some fairly pragmatic reasons also.

A technology school has to be on point. It needs to be right there on the edge of everything that's going down. That attitude has to stretch all the way across the board, to every discipline. At FTC, it does. Not only are we learning the way medical coding and billing is currently done, we're getting set up to learn what that system will be after it changes next January. Old ways, new ways, our program is good to go.

Everyone, no matter how bulletproof you think you are, is going to need health care at some point. That means there is always going to be a need for someone, like myself, to figure out how much you're going to owe for that health care. See, I'll be the guy with the Magickal Book of Codes, chronicling your entire journey through Medical Land. I want to make sure you don't get charged for procedures that never took place. I want to do what is right by you as a patient and as a fellow human being.

On that same note, since everyone is going to need to visit the doctor, and the doctor has to get paid, this particular job market is pretty solid. In fact, the US Department of Labor is projecting about 5 million new health care jobs will be created by 2014. Coders, in particular, are going to be in high demand. The USDL website states that the median wage for coders is $35,010. The more certifications you earn, the greater chance you have of making even more money than that.

For one of the few health care professions that don't require you to take care of patients in a "hands-on" manner, that's a pretty sweet paycheck. And it's a forty hour a week job in an air-conditioned building. Kids, that's part of what's left of the American Dream.

And if that's not enough to pique your interest, did I mention you get to wear these sweet scrubs? I got black ones. I make these look good.


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