Zee Shuaib is not your typcial MaHIMA member.  

Zee is a Physician Scientist and an HIM professional.  With years of patient care management experience in acute care, inpatient, and outpatient clinical settings, she is also an experienced reviewer of clinical documentation and cancer registry abstraction.  Her interests include quality control, data coding, and data analysis as well as clinical documentation improvement.  Zee is CDIP certified through American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

We recently asked Zee to tell us more.


1.    What drew you to HIM as a career?

As a physician scientist, it was my responsibility to ensure the validity and reliability of a large prospective cohort study, and one of the ways that I achieved this goal was by working with the medical records and cancer registry data of 59,000 participants. Being on the receiving end of medical record data, I quickly realized the weight of importance of accurate medical record documentation. The ramifications of accurate medical record documentation go far beyond the patient, the hospital, or even the insurance companies. Its effects are also felt in research thereby affecting public policies etc. 

Although I had been working with health information data for a very long time, I only found out about AHIMA last year through a friend and I couldn’t believe that I had not heard about this association before. It seemed like it was a well-hidden secret. Needless to say, I have been a member of AHIMA and MaHIMA ever since.


2.   What advice would you give your younger self about work in general or the HIM profession specifically?

Find what you love to do and do it. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there or how many hurdles/obstacles you have to climb/go through, know that your dream can still become your reality. Listen to advice from others who have gone before you, but do not let their limitation/s become yours. Use the lessons learned from them to chart your own path. 

One of the things I love to tell myself is: “’It’ is only difficult until you learn how to do ‘It’”. What is your ‘It’?


3.  Where do you want to go in your career?  

I see myself making great strides in the medical field using good healthcare data to bring relevant changes to our health as we know it. I am currently a Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner but I’m also looking forward to becoming a Certified Healthcare Data Analyst in the near future. It is my belief that health care data is a huge gold mine but we’ve only scratched the surface.

Zee received her Master of Public Health – Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health in 2011.  She is a graduate of Ambrose Alli University in Nigeria where she received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MD) in 2006. 

Until recently, Zee was a Research Fellow on the Black Women’s Health Study underway at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University.  In this role, she read and abstracted medical records and cancer registry records to validate self-reported data and review diagnosis and treatment for 59,000 participants. She also performed quality control on these records.

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