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Purpose

From the MLA website:

The Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) is MLA's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program. The academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession.

The academy provides a structure for individualized professional development for all health information professionals, no matter how long they've been in the field. Whether you are new to the profession or have been working in it for years, the academy has a membership level and professional development guidelines for you.

 

Benefits of AHIP Membership

For the professional librarian, academy membership provides a structure for professional development. From the initial needs assessment and mentoring of provisional members to the recognition of professional accomplishments of distinguished members, the academy is here to support professional librarians. Membership in the academy recognizes and encourages professional activities, and the AHIP designation demonstrates this commitment to professional development.

Employing institutions view academy membership as proof that their librarians are committed to their own professional development and continuing education. Institutions who value academy membership recognize and reinforce the importance the health information professional plays in their organization.

Whats New for 2014

Starting January 1, 2014, all provisional membership applications (both new and renewing) will be required to include 5 points of professional individual accomplishments per year. This new requirement will allow members the opportunity to become more involved with MLA; MLA Sections, SIGs, and Chapters; and local medical library groups. Professional individual accomplishments then can be used towards the application for membership when the provisional member moves on to the member or senior level of AHIP.

  • New Job Requirements
    MLA has found that because of the economic recession, some medical librarians are no longer full-time medical librarians, have left the field, or have become a different type of librarian. We know that those who want to move into, remain in, and come back to the health sciences librarian field want AHIP membership. To help members succeed with AHIP, the MLA Board of Directors has approved the following changes to the job requirements for AHIP starting May 1, 2012.
  • Academy Online Submissions
    MLA's Credentialing Committee and staff are proud to unveil a whole new system for submitting your Academy Portfolio of Professional Progress.
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