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Optimum CareerPath analysts are talented and skilled individuals making a difference at health systems nationwide. In this series, we asked our analysts four questions. Below, read about their experiences within the program and with clients and how they’ve accelerated their careers in healthcare IT.

If you’re looking for ready-made entry-level talent for your healthcare IT team, or if you’re a recent graduate looking to get into the healthcare IT industry, check out what these Optimum CareerPath analysts had to say about their experience:

Q: What drew your interest to the Optimum CareerPath Program?

“As a recent graduate and someone seeking to transition career paths from Fitness to Data and Healthcare, I was searching for an opportunity that could allow me to grow my professional skillset and enter a career with long-term stability.”

  • Jean Michael Bernard, ServiceNow Analyst, Nemour’s Children’s Health

“The program is designed to help me develop the skills and knowledge I need to succeed in a career in healthcare IT.”

  • Scott King, OCP Analyst, Optimum Healthcare IT

“As a recent graduate, it is difficult to know where your interests, passions, and talents intersect, and the CareerPath program allowed me to take the time to discover those things while learning about different positions from experts in the field.”

  • Carly Jennings, Jr. PM, Oregon Health and Sciences University

“Bridging the ‘experience gap’ is important in any field, but few seem to truly address the issue. Switching from the academic realm to the workforce is a difficult transition for a lot of people. CareerPath was the perfect steppingstone to provide the tools needed to make the process less intimidating.”

  • Hannah Sparks, Epic PB Analyst, University of Maryland Medical System

“I was attracted to the opportunity to get into an industry that is hard to be hired at entry level. Many IT jobs are hard to get without 1-2 years’ experience.”

  • Paige Bonin, Epic Cogito Analyst, NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist

“The program’s focus on equipping individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the healthcare IT industry greatly appealed to me. Optimum’s goal of the program was unique, eye opening, and inspiring.”

  • Parissa Mehdi, Epic Clindoc Analyst, Gundersen Health System

Q: What would you say is the best aspect of the program?

“I have made great professional and personal relationships since starting at Optimum Healthcare IT Careerpath. It also gives you an open door to advance your career whether you are new to IT, or right out of college! The opportunities are limitless and the OCP team has supported me every step of the way!”

  • Alexandra Ricciardiello, NOC Analyst, OU Medicine

 

“I was exposed to various professionals within the healthcare IT field that enabled me to quickly learn and develop qualities for success.”

  • Jean Michael Bernard, ServiceNow Analyst, Nemour’s Children’s Health

 

“The best aspect of the program is the opportunity to continue learning. During CHIME we were able to learn from industry leaders. Talking with different healthcare executives was a great experience and I was able to learn a lot from them.”

  •  Scott King, OCP Analyst, Optimum Healthcare IT

 

“Having people to support your curiosity and guide you toward a position that suits you best makes you feel free to explore your own talents and interests. It allowed me to develop my own goals and map out a path to achieving them.”

  • Carly Jennings, Jr. PM, Oregon Health and Sciences University

 

“CareerPath has allowed me to network with people I never would have met, provided resume building through certifications and trainings, and gave me mentors who encourage me to believe in myself and my capabilities.”

  • Hannah Sparks, Epic PB Analyst, University of Maryland Medical System

 

“By having monthly meetings, Optimum ensures I’m on the right path. Everyone within the program wants you to succeed and is cheering you on the entire way.”

  • Paige Bonin, Epic Cogito Analyst, NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist

 

“The program not only provides a solid foundation in healthcare IT concepts, systems, and methodologies but also offers ample opportunities for networking with individuals with real-world application of the learned skills. The emphasis on practical training allows employees to gain valuable experience when working with clients.”

  • Parissa Mehdi, Epic Clindoc Analyst, Gundersen Health System

 

“If you show your dedication and willingness to learn, they will give you the tools and resources to excel in Healthcare IT.”

  • Alejandro Mendoza, Epic Ambulatory & MyChart Analyst, Centura Health

 

Q: What would you say to someone who was considering applying for Optimum CareerPath?

“Take the leap and apply to the CareerPath program. I would not have been given the opportunities and gained all of the knowledge I have to further my career if I had not taken this leap. And the rewards have been tremendous. I will always be grateful that I was able to begin my career as an OCP analyst. “

  • Alexandra Ricciardiello, NOC Analyst, OU Medicine

 

“Optimum CareerPath offers a great entry for new graduates or career transitioners that are seeking to get started with healthcare, analytics, and IT. OCP is a productive and enriching program that allows you to develop within a high-growth career field and to expand your professional network while learning in-demand trade skills.”

  • Jean Michael Bernard, ServiceNow Analyst, Nemour’s Children’s Health

 

“Optimum will help you pick a direction and bridge the gap between where you are, and where you want to go.”

  • Carly Jennings, Jr. PM, Oregon Health and Sciences University

 

“Whether it’s training to become an Epic analyst or project manager, the Optimum family is always there to support you when needed.”

  • Hannah Sparks, Epic PB Analyst, University of Maryland Medical System

 

“Be a sponge. Soaking up as much information as you can only helps in the long run.”

  • Paige Bonin, Epic Cogito Analyst, NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist

 

“The program’s comprehensive curriculum, experienced mentors, and practical training opportunities will provide you with the knowledge needed to excel in healthcare IT.”

  • Parissa Mehdi, Epic Clindoc Analyst, Gundersen Health System

 

“If you are passionate about healthcare, but also want to be a part of a growing industry that encourages learning and innovation, this is a great way to get started!”

  • Alejandro Mendoza, Epic Ambulatory & MyChart Analyst, Centura Health

 

Q: How has your CareerPath training helped you in your client work so far?

“All of the Healthcare IT professionals through CHIME shared their experienced knowledge with the OCP analysts which I use on a daily basis with the client. Additionally, the technical skills I learned through Careerpath have been extremely helpful on this journey.”

  • Alexandra Ricciardiello, NOC Analyst, OU Medicine

 

“I use the project management training I received during the CareerPath program every day in my current role as a project coordinator. The CHIME digital health training has also been critical in maintaining compliance during my work with electronic medical records. Because healthcare has such a direct impact on people’s lives, the background in policy and safety practices is critical to being successful in any role.”

  • Carly Jennings, Jr. PM, Oregon Health and Sciences University

 

“The program allowed me to gain confidence in public presentations, which is helpful as I now regularly lead meetings at the client location. Learning how to optimize processes has allowed me to implement several new workflows and protocols when working with clients to provide solutions. From day one, the best advice I received was to keep pressing the ‘I Believe’ button and not sell myself short on my capabilities—I’ve successfully overcome every obstacle by taking on this mentality.”

  • Hannah Sparks, Epic PB Analyst, University of Maryland Medical System

 

“CareerPath training is one the primary reasons why I feel I have been so successful at my client. The certifications that the program provided helped my learning within my job with my client.”

  • Paige Bonin, Epic Cogito Analyst, NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist

 

“The CareerPath training I received through Optimum has taught me how to effectively communicate with clients, understand their requirements, and propose tailored solutions. My client specifically requires an Epic ClinDoc analyst to help with a healthcare system restructuring initiative. The work can be challenging at times and when some of the technical requirements exceed my current skillset, I have an open line of communication with my Optimum trainers. Overall, the CareerPath program has been invaluable in helping me excel in my client work and make a positive impact in the healthcare IT space.”

  • Parissa Mehdi, Epic Clindoc Analyst, Gundersen Health System

 

“Success at a remote client requires discipline, consistency, and communication skills that are necessary when completing your CareerPath training. The ability to complete projects and meet deadlines during my training was very similar to how my client work is structured. The experience I received during my CareerPath training has allowed me to improve on these skills and successfully integrate with my team during my client work.”

  • Alejandro Mendoza, Epic Ambulatory & MyChart Analyst, Centura Health

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Interested in learning how a CareerPath graduate might support your organization? Reach out to your Optimum Sales Rep and we’ll get the conversation started. Interested in becoming a CareerPath analyst? Apply today!

Optimum CareerPath is a targeted recruiting, training, and placement program that identifies and trains high-aptitude, early-career employees. After a 12-week, paid training program, CareerPath graduates are placed at client partner sites for rewarding careers in healthcare IT. Learn who the people are behind this innovative talent program.

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