If you are thinking about a career in healthcare, whether you are at the beginning of your journey, or are looking for a change, this overview of different career paths may help you find direction. In a recent webinar, “Entrepreneurial Careers in Healthcare,” our panelists discussed non-traditional healthcare careers. Through two blogs, we will share with you some tips and information about each unique path that experts shared with our members.
Becoming a Patient Advocate (Tips from Trisha Torrey, founder of the Alliance for Professional Health Advocates)
A health advocate helps patients get what they need from the health system when the system doesn’t currently provide it. While it isn’t necessary to have a clinical background,
Trisha advised that you should have a great deal of knowledge around the healthcare system to become an advocate.
Trisha shared these personality and skill sets of successful patient advocates:
- Can work privately, self-employed
- Can think outside the box of the traditional healthcare system
- Be willing to market own services
For more information on patient advocacy, visit the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates.
Becoming an Evidence-Based Health Coach (Tips from Melinda Huffman, co-founder of the National Society of Health Coaches)
A health coach is a trained professional who uses clinical intervention (such as skilled conversation) to actively and strategically engage patients to promote health behaviors. Health coaches work in a variety of settings included individual practice, hospitals, community-based centers, occupational health, and more.
Melinda shared these top 5 characteristics of a good health coach:
1) Excellent listener
2) Collaborative partner
For more information on health coaching, visit the National Society of Health Coaches.
To access the full archive (which contains more information and tips from these experts), visit SurroundHealth today!
Stay tuned for Experts Share Tips on Different Healthcare Careers, Part 2, coming later this week!