Tips to Help You Ace A Phone Interview

Phone interviews are becoming increasingly more popular. Recruiters want to prescreen potential candidates before they invite them in for a face-to-face interview.  Healthcare professionals should be prepared before a phone interview with a potential hiring manager. Forbes shared some insight as to how to have a successful phone interview.Preparation
  • Research the company’s history
  • Be in a quiet and comfortable area
  • Print out your resume and highlight key points
  • Have a note pad handy
  • Have questions prepared prior to the call
While the phone interview is being conducted
  • Fully listen before speaking
  • Smile while speaking – it makes a difference
  • End the call on a positive note
Post Interview
  • Immediately send a thank-you email
  • Have not heard anything back? Follow up in a week
Healthcare professionals, follow these steps the next time you have a phone interview. Keep in mind that healthcare is a competitive market. Always make sure to go the extra mile to stand out from other Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants or Medical Billing and Coding candidates. If you have any phone interview tips that aren’t listed then please let us know!

Tips to Get YOUR Resume in Shape

Recent healthcare graduates with limited work experience sometimes struggle with creating a resume that catches an employer’s attention. With many graduates vying for similar job openings, it’s important to set yourself a part from the competition. Making yourself marketable can still be accomplished with limited work experience. Below are the top five resume tips from professionals in the healthcare field.
  1. Volunteer – Take advantage of healthcare volunteer opportunities. The Allen School offers multiple healthcare volunteer opportunities for students each month. Through the Institution for HOPE Campaign students can strengthen their resume and relevant volunteer experience.
  2. No Blank Spaces – It is a red flag for recruiters if there is blank space on a resume. Shade out the space with words. Add another bullet point, more relevant volunteer experience or awards received if necessary to fill the space. Allen School offers students the ability to qualify for Honor Roll, Attendance Awards, and Student of the Module as well as Valedictorian which are great accomplishments to add to a resume.
  3. Key Terms – Recruiters use software that searches for certain key words. Include, healthcare terms on your resume, so it stands out and potentially gets pulled for an interview! Incorporate words such as: certified, certificate, direct patient care, phlebotomy, EKG, ICD-10 etc.
  4. Put Numbers – For example, give an estimate as to how many patients you assisted on a daily bases or the amount of employees managed. Do not keep the potential employers guessing.
  5. Two Resumes – Have a medical resume and a separate resume with your past career experience. Always make sure that the resume being submitted is relevant to the job listing.
Recent healthcare graduates implement these tips and see how it makes a difference throughout the job search process. Some of these tweaks may seem small, but can make a significant difference to potential employers. If you are an Allen School student or graduate contact Career Services for more tips on how to become a stand out candidate.

Tips to be Successful From Our Current MIBC Ambassadors

Much to many people’s surprise the Allen School of Health Sciences is national. A lot of prospective and current students assume that we are located in only Brooklyn and Queens, New York; however, we do offer a Medical Billing and Coding program online. The online program caters to those students that are not able to physically come to school due to work demands, proximity, childcare issues, etc. Recently, a few of the Module 1 Ambassadors had a chance to discuss their experiences at the Allen School of Health Sciences, to tell a bit about their background, interests and ultimately share a few of their best practices for being successful in their classes. All of them live in different states, have different hobbies and diverse backgrounds, but they all share common threads that link them such as their passion for the program and academic excellence. We would like to share with you some of the advice and tips these MIBC Module 1 Ambassadors shared for current and prospective MIBC students: • Create a schedule/routine for studying and homework • Do not fall behind – Attendance and Participation is important • Form a study group with classmates • Speak up – If you have a question or concern then ask for clarification • Take it day-by-day, so you do not get overwhelmed Hopefully, these tips will be useful as you take the next step into starting the MIBC program. If healthcare is your passion and you would like to advance your career we encourage you to take a leap and find out more information about our MIBC Online program and the array of campus programs offered. To speak with an advisor contact us at 1-888-429-0046. We look forward to speaking with you!

Celebrating American Red Cross Month

March is American Red Cross month. In honor of one of the nation’s leading humanitarian organizations the Allen School of Health Sciences would like to thank them for their efforts. The Red Cross has been a fixture in communities throughout the nation and even in various parts of the world for numerous years. Although the organization is known for quite a few philanthropic works. Their mission is simple but impactful, “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”According to the American Red Cross, volunteers, employees and supporters of the Red Cross focus on five critical concerns:  – People affected by disasters in America– Support for members of the military and their families– Blood collection, processing and distribution– Health and safety education and training– International relief and developmentAt the Allen School of Health Science we pride ourselves on giving back to the community. We have demonstrated this through our Institution for HOPE (Helping Other People Endure) Campaign which strongly encourages students and their families to get involved. In efforts to make a change and difference in your local area the Allen School of Health Sciences challenges you to volunteer! If you are interested in learning more about the American Red Cross and possible volunteer opportunities; please, click the link to learn more http://www.redcross.org/

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History month, and in celebration of that we’d like to share with you a few of the amazing women who have influenced healthcare both in the past and today.Clara Barton – She played a major role in the Civil War as a nurse, helping wounded soldiers, but her most incredible contribution to healthcare is that she is the founder of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross was founded in 1881 and today aids in disaster relief around the country. In her honor March is also American Red Cross month.Dr. Virginia Apgar – Dr. Apgar developed the Apgar Score Test in 1951 to provide standardized evaluation of the health of a new born infant. This test was vital prior to the use of fetal monitors and scored infants based on things like their skin tone, breathing, reflexes, pulse, and muscle tone.Selma Kaderman Dritz – She is an Epidemiologist and was the Assistant Director of San Francisco’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Her research laid the basis for understanding AIDS and the HIV Virus. She was also on the frontline of prevention and education efforts to help curb the spread of the virus.Gertrude Belle Elion – She was a chemist and after losing her grandfather to cancer she vowed to find a cure. She created the medication Purinethol, the first chemotherapy drug used to fight leukemia. Over the course of her career she created 45 different cancer treatments and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for her work in the field.Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She devoted her life to helping those in the African American Community. When the Civil War ended she relocated her practice to Richmond, Virginia to address the needs of the newly freed African American population in the south.These of course are just a small handful of the incredible people and contributions that have been made by women to the field of medicine over the years. There are many others who have contributed remarkable innovations that have shaped every aspect of the healthcare field. We hope you take some time to do your own research and find even more  heroes like these to inspire you as you begin your own career in healthcare.

Happy Healthy Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is here and while the romantic side of you may be thinking candle lit dinners and chocolate, the Healthcare provider in you is probably thinking that these aren’t the healthiest choices in the world. So here are a few suggestions from GetHealthyU that will appeal to your romantic side and keep your healthcare side happy as well.
  1. Give Indoor rock climbing a try.
  2. Sign up for a dance class together
  3. Bundle up and head outdoors for some skiing, skating, or even some sledding
  4. Show off your flexibility with a yoga class
  5. Get your bounce on at an indoor trampoline park
  6. Get your heart racing by running a race together. Start training now for the spring marathons
To read the full article on these great ideas please click hereNot only will you have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, but you will also be supporting our Institution for HOPE campaign which is heart disease prevention in the month of February. The American Heart Association says that two key factors to maintaining a healthy heart are exercise and healthy eating. So what are you waiting for?  Plan your healthy fun Valentine’s today!

Amazing Contributions to Healthcare

In Honor of Black History Month we’d like to share with you just a few of the incredible African Americans who have helped shape the medical field over the years through their tremendous accomplishments and revolutions to medicineDr. Ben Carson – Famous for separating conjoined twins in the 1980’s. Dr. Carson went on to pioneer many of the Neurosurgery techniques in the world today.  His life was not easy, he grew up on the inner-city streets of Detroit, but overcame tremendous odds to attend Yale and later become a director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Surgery at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the United StatesDr. Charles Drew – Dr. Drew is famous for devising a way to store blood plasma for transfusions during World War II. Without his research there would not have been nearly enough blood to treat those injured in fighting. He was made head of the Red Cross Blood bank for his efforts.Dr. Regina Benjamin – Dr. Benjamin was the first black women to be elected to the Medical Association in the state of Alabama. She was also the first person under 40 to achieve this honor. She also served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States under President Barrack Obama.Mary Eliza Mahoney RN – She is known to be the first Black professional nurse in America and had a very successful career. She is also famous for taking the stage at a 1909 nursing conference in Boston in 1909 and calling for healthcare providers to take direct and immediate action to address the inequality between the treatments people of different races were receiving in medicine.Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She devoted her life to helping those in the African American Community. When the Civil War ended she relocated her practice to Richmond, Virginia to address the needs of the newly freed African American population in the south.These of course are just a small handful of the incredible people and contributions that have been made by the African American community to the field of medicine over the years. There are many others who have contributed remarkable innovations that have shaped every aspect of the healthcare field. We hope you take some time to do your own research and find even more American heroes like these to inspire you as you begin your own career in healthcare.

How to Work on Your Listening Skills

One of the most important skills you will need both as a student and as you begin your professional career is the ability to listen. No matter what course you are taking at the Allen School you will spend a lot of your new career listening to your patients and using what you hear to help them address their health issues.Here are 10 great tips from Forbes Magazine to help you develop great listening skills.
  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4.  Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.”
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback.
  10. Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.
To read the full article, please click here.Being listened to is one of the most important things a patient wants when they interact with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Start using these skills in the classroom today and pretty soon you will have a skillset that is highly valued by potential future employers.

How To Help Keep Your New Year Resolution

January is almost over…how are your New Year resolutions holding out? If the diet is more cheat days than good eating days and the gym membership card hasn’t been swiped since you signed up let us help get you inspired to get things back on track.
  1. Remember the Why – Take some time and think about the reasons you made your resolution in the first place. Think about the people in your life who will benefit if you follow through on your goal. Make a list of the benefits you will gain if you see things through.
  2.  Find Some Support – You are certainly not the only person who made a resolution. Chances are a friend, family member, or classmate had similar goals to yours. Now is a great time to start encouraging each other to follow through on that resolution. Maybe you become workout buddies or maybe just send each other texts of encouragement. No matter what you will be more likely to keep your resolution if you have someone to encourage you.
  3. Plan Ahead – Maybe it all seemed easy on paper when you made your goals but now you see that life is making things challenging. Take some time to sit down and address those things that are holding you back. If you aren’t able to cook healthy meals during the week consider prepping and freezing foods on the weekend that won’t take so much work. If child care isn’t working out consider finding a way to include your children in your goals. Not only will they see your progress, but they will see the benefits of hard work and dedication.
No matter what your New Year Resolution is we hope these tips help you keep on track and achieve your goals.

How to Beat the Winter Blues

January is here and so is the cold weather. For many people the winter blues are setting in hard. Today we look at a few tips to get you over the snow and looking forward to warm sunny spring days
  1. Lighten Up – The days are short and it’s dark out early. Your body is craving some sunshine. Make sure to give it some! Open up the blinds and turn on the lights inside the house. Even 30 minutes of extra sunshine during the day can make a huge difference.
  2. Feed your cravings – A little cheating on that New Year diet can make a big difference to your mood. Carbohydrates can give you a little burst of energy that can help chase those blues away. So yes….eat that chocolate bar. Keep it in moderation of course, but a little bit of indulgence now and then can really help the winter blahs.
  3. Get Moving – Exercise can be a big help to getting you back in the warm weather groove (plus we just told you to eat a candy bar so…) Make a point to get moving for at least 30 minutes a day. Sneak out on your lunch break and get some real sun and get your blood pumping. You will notice a huge difference in your mood.
  4. Pump Up the Jams – Music can improve your mood significantly. So put on your favorite tunes while making dinner, playing with the kids, studying, and whenever else you can. Maybe even take this opportunity to be adventurous and give a new style of music a whirl, trade in your rock and roll for a little R&B or your country tunes for some jazz tunes.
  5. Nature Calls – No… not like that. We know it’s cold, but bundle up and go outside. Indulge your inner child and go play in the snow. Even if it’s chilly, fresh air will get your batteries recharged in no time. Take a walk, build a snowman, anything, just get outside and make sure it’s strictly for leisure, no shoveling the driveway.
 Try these tips and you may actually find yourself enjoying the winter weather. However if you find you truly cannot beat those winter blahs remember….we have a very nice campus is sunny Phoenix, Arizona and we would love to have you visit.