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Bayas was about to graduate from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Biology and with no job in sight. He applied for everything from lab research assistant to national park tour guide to manual laborer at a fish hatchery. Two hundred applications later, not one interview or offer.
Three months later, the 24-year-old landed a plum job in the Health Information Technology (HIT) field as a training specialist for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendor company. How? Bayas was accepted into the UT Health IT Summer Certificate Program. During the six-week program, HIT professionals came and spoke to Bayas and his classmates. He received hands-on experience working with six different EHR systems. Then Bayas went off to a three-week practicum where he saw healthcare up close and personal working at an HIT-related organization. HIT faculty worked with Bayas on everything from his resume to interview skills, and transformed him from an unmarketable job seeker to someone that received multiple job offers from several EHR companies.
I had 13 interviews with ten companies. I had four job offers and I am still getting them.
- 2010 HIT Summer Program Graduate
I actually felt well prepared for my job because of the training I received. Unlike others who went to work for EHR vendors, I wanted work on the policy side. I want to be a part of making health care better. The instructors spent a lot of time talking about the law, which is a huge part of my job now. And they spent a lot of time talking about how HIT works in Texas, which I am able to apply on my job. My dream job is to one day work for a think tank on healthcare issues.
- Merila Walker, policy analyst, Texas Department of Health and Human Services
The reason I go to the job I go to today is because of UT HIT. I have this great job because of the UT HIT instructors. When I went into training after my company hired me, I was the star of my class. The person teaching that class would ask me, ‘Daniel is that right?’ or ‘Is this right?’ That doesn’t just say a lot about me. That says a lot about the program.
- Daniel Fritz, marketing consultant, Sage Healthcare
I really enjoyed the program. I learned a lot and what I learned pertains to the job I do now. When we get a new sale, I help with the implementation process. I connect them with hardware people. I help with software and I schedule their training. I love my job. I feel like this position matches the skills and talents I have.
-Kimberly Chen, implementation project manager, eMD’s