Ochsner stages auditions for EMR trainers

By Bernie Monegain
09:57 AM

Ochsner Health System, southeast Louisiana's largest nonprofit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system, is taking a Hollywood-style approach to filling available healthcare IT jobs: auditions.

Ochsner will participate in a program called Big Break New Orleans. It is the brainchild of Intellect Resources, a healthcare IT consulting and recruiting firm.

Big Break New Orleans offers a one-day audition programin which candidates compete to become a trainer and instruct healthcare staff on the use of Epic technology. IT personnel selected in the audition will complete a minimum five-month employment assignment with Ochsner, which is implementing an Epic EHR system.

“We’re really hoping to find some great candidates from all walks of life who are interested in getting into the high-growth field of healthcare technology,” said Chad Jones, Epic project executive at Ochsner. “The audition process is an exciting way to let candidates be a little more creative than the typical job interview, and we’re looking forward to this unique recruiting experience.”

To receive a ticket to the audition, candidates must apply online at irbigbreak.com, complete the application, upload their resume and complete a short questionnaire before the application window closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19.

The auditions are slated for Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at the International House Hotel in New Orleans. The trainers hired at Big Break New Orleans will instruct healthcare staff on the new electronic medical record system from Epic.
“Big Break is an opportunity for the many unemployed and under-employed New Orleans citizens who want to transition into a more stable career or an industry with higher potential for growth,” said Tiffany Crenshaw, president and CEO of Intellect Resources. “Instead of targeting those who already have experience in healthcare IT or training, at Big Break we’re looking for individuals with the right personality who we can train on the technology. We’re opening the audition process to anyone with a degree or professional certification, who thinks they have the personality, work ethic and people skills to succeed as a healthcare technology trainer.”
After applying at irbigbreak.com, approved contestants will receive an e-ticket to the event and further instructions for the audition via email. No walk-ins will be admitted the day of the event.  There is no relocation package.

Ideal candidates will have excellent presentation skills, a flexible work schedule, English fluency, a degree or professional certification and computer proficiency. Candidates selected from the auditions must successfully complete a four-to-six week paid credentialing course in order to be placed on assignment at Ochsner.
Contestants will advance or face elimination as they are routed through Big Break’s audition phases including: interviews, a videoed Q&A session, team activities, a presentation and more. Contestants will be evaluated on their professionalism, presentation skills, communication skills, poise, attitude, teamwork and ability to think on their feet.
After final selection, the team will be  trained and credentialed in the appropriate electronic medical record before training healthcare staff in a classroom setting and providing over-the-shoulder support during the go-live event.