I have been a member of AHDI since 2009. I first joined because I was going to take the CMT exam and wanted the member discount for my exam prep and the exam itself. However, as I searched the site, I found out that there was a whole lot more to AHDI than I had thought. After passing my CMT exam, I decided I should also get my AHDI-F. I looked over the requirements and found it to be a little daunting. While I didn’t take any action at that time, the desire for that extra acknowledgement was never far from my thoughts. Every once in a while I would go back to the AHDI website and look around a little more. Each time I found out more about AHDI and the other MTs who were involved. I decided one day to fill out the volunteer application. I don’t even remember now which categories I said I was interested in volunteering for, but over the last six years I have been a mentor, helped with editing Plexus and Matrix, served on the Research and Development Team and the Credentialing Development Team, and am currently the district 5 director. A little over a year ago I looked at the requirements for the fellow designation again. Much to my surprise, I had completed enough of those “daunting” items to apply as a fellow.

Volunteering with AHDI has taught me a lot. I have had opportunities to meet new people and learn new things. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and written articles (writing is NOT a strong point for me). I have spoken at state conferences. I have learned how to write policies and exam questions. I have been involved in the grant writing process, and even though I don’t think I was much help to the process, I was able to learn from it, and maybe next time the opportunity comes up I can play a bigger role. All of these things have crossed over into my professional life as well.

AHDI has given me so much, and I hope that by continuing to advocate for AHDI and MTs, that I can give something back.

Do you volunteer for AHDI? Why or why not?

Christine Peterson, CHDS, RHIT, AHDI-F
District 5 Director

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