I Am AAPC: Sherlyn Miranda Sulapas, RN, CPC, CPC-I
My path to coding and training began after I passed the 2008 Nursing Licensure Exam (NLE) in the Philippines. After my exam, I was hired to work in an organization that processes preauthorization requests for admissions, procedures, and supplies for a big insurance company in the United States. Working for this company gave me a glimpse into how medical coding works, which sparked my interest in pursuing it as a career.
Testing My Resolve
After three years at my job, I decided to study medical coding and was blessed to pass AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam on my first try. It was not easy for me to work as a medical coder, however, and I struggled a lot during my first two months. I even doubted my capability to thrive in my chosen profession. Having awesome colleagues and the right mentor helped keep me on the right track. I studied all of my errors, worked on difficult charts, and made sure not to make the same mistakes from my previous audits. This hard work paid off when, after a couple of months, I was able to get 100 percent scores on my audits. I was even endorsed by a client to be promoted to auditor and trainer for them!
Fast forward to 2016, when I was tapped by a training company in the Philippines to train people in preparation for the CPC® exam. In 2017, I passed the exam to become a licensed instructor for medical coding with a 92 percent score. Having the Certified Professional Coding Instructor (CPC-I) credential*, I was now able to help more than 150 health workers pass their CPC® exam. This opportunity paved the way for me to be recognized by AAPC and other coding companies as a good instructor. Students and healthcare facilities from other countries soon started to reach out to me for training-related consultations.
A Rewarding Experience
Being a member of AAPC is a very rewarding and humbling experience. It feels good to be a source of motivation and encouragement as I train people to become coders. It has also given me the opportunity to connect to executive officers of large companies not only here in the Philippines but also in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
I hope to gain more credentials from AAPC in the future and continue to help others attain their certifications. As I move forward in my career, I aspire to help mold and motivate new coders to become future leaders and trainers in the medical coding and billing industry.
*The CPC-I credential is now the AAPC Approved Instructor credential. To learn more, read CPC-I Becomes ‘Approved Instructor’ by Kris Taylor in the Knowledge Center.
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