Sheila Carlon, Ph.D., RHIA, FAHIMA
Where do you work?
Regis University, Program Director for Health Services Administration and the HIA Program in Denver, Colorado.
How long have you been there?
I’ve been at Regis ten years, eight of them as Program Director, two as faculty. I was also Program Director for three years at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota prior to that.
What classes do you teach?
I teach Human Disease & Pharmacology, Health Care Information Systems and HIM Data Systems & Structures (EHR & Alternative Delivery Systems) Also teach a graduate course in Organizational Development.
Why did you choose this path in HIM?
I have been teaching something almost all my life starting with swimming and skiing. Once I started working on advanced degrees (master’s and doctorate) it just seemed the natural thing to do.
Benefits to being an educator?
The biggest benefit is to see students finish a program and obtain excellent jobs in the field and then see them volunteer and seek office in local and national HIM communities.
Comments for the international HIM education community.
After an international experience with a small hospital in rural Ethiopia and working with a school there and in Ghana, I think we have a lot to offer to those in under developed countries. HIM is one profession that exists worldwide but we in the United States seem to just focus on our own hospital or workplace and maybe inclusive of the city or state in which we live. I’d like to challenge educators and HIM practitioners in the U.S. to seek ways to help other countries.