Academy Value to Colleagues
If you are asked about the Academy or wish to explain it and its value in meetings, presentations, or around a water cooler, here are some messages you can convey:
Tell me what AHIP is?
The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) is the certification and career development program for medical librarians and other health information professionals.
It is equivalent to certifications in other professions, such as Human Resource (HR) certification, perioperative nursing certification, and medical-surgery nurse certification. AHIP is the only certification available for health information professionals.
What does AHIP certification say about you?
My AHIP certification means I have that I have demonstrated to my peers, who have evaluated my portfolio, that I have met standards for formal education and for continuing education and individual accomplishment in areas such as teaching, publishing, conference presentations, and professional association activities.
My AHIP certification means that I am committed to staying current in my field by meeting requirements for ongoing professional development and accomplishment.
What can AHIP certification offer health information professionals?
- A boost to a health information professional’s career. Many employers know about AHIP, and many of them show they value it by requiring or recommending it for hirings, promotions, and raises. Three salary surveys have documented a 15-18% average greater salary for AHIP members.
- Increased stature and prestige. AHIP membership is a sign of stature and credibility in the health information profession and provides parity with other professional groups that have credentials.
- Demonstration of a commitment to professional growth. AHIP membership shows peers and employers that your professional development is a personal priority.
- Support and guidance in career planning and development.