Dear HIM-Interchange readers
Welcome to the second issue for 2020. This is a special issue focusing on health information management education, in particular, student and supervisor experiences of professional practice placements.
Merilyn Riley (2020) from La Trobe University provides a guest editorial on the topic of ‘work integrated learning’, which is what clinical placements or professional experience placements are. Following this, you can read articles from former health information management students, most of whom are now employed as Health Information Managers (HIMs), on what they gained from their professional practice placements. While the workplaces and the projects students work on during their placements may have changed since I did my training (it does not look like preparing a medical record procedure manual is on the agenda these days), the value of these placements, the skills they help to build and the confidence they give to students remains the same.