HLTH 110: Wellness for LifeHealth professional interview instructionsDUE Monday 11.5.18 @ 2:30pm via BlackboardPurpose: The purpose of the health professional interview is to help you, and your classmates,gain knowledge about careers in personal and community health. In addition, you will gainexperience communicating health information. You can conduct an interview in-person, byphone, remotely via Skype or similar technology, or through email (note: email will require someback and forth communication, thus added time). Recall that wellness is multidimensional andmany professions impact “health,” so “health professional” is a broad term. Obvious examplesinclude physicians, chiropractors, nutrition professionals, fitness professionals, massagetherapists, public and community health educators, nurses, etc. We will develop a list ofacceptable careers in class and then randomly select one career per student. There cansometimes be overlap. For example, an orthopedic surgeon is a “physician” and a psychiatrist isa “physician,” but the careers differ substantially.Requirements:1. Select an appropriate health profession . We will do this in class. If you are not in attendancethen I will assign you a health profession.2. Conduct research on the career . Prior to scheduling the interview and developing a set ofinterview questions, you should search reputable internet sites to learn about the profession.Search professional organizations such as the American Medical Association, relevantcertifying agencies, labor unions, and/or other profession-specific organizations. Thoseorganizations will have information about the profession that will educate you about theprofession and help you decide what to ask during your interview. Keep notes thatdocuments your progress and what you learned from each website. One paragraph in yourwrite-up should discuss the sources your found and how those sources informed yourinterview schedule.3. Develop an interview schedule . This involves generating a pre-determined number ofquestions that you will ask. The interview schedule should be considered “semi-structured.”That means you prepare some pre-determined questions but also ask new questions as theinterview unfolds (e.g., follow-ups). For example, your interviewee might say somethinginteresting and you want to learn more about the statement (i.e., a “follow-up” question).Ask! Do not feel stuck to your pre-determined questions. In fact, to exceed expectations youmust ask follow-up questions. Minimally, achieve the goals of the interview portion of theassignment by addressing the points listed in a-e.a. Tell us about who you interviewed but use a pseudonym (i.e., fake name).Assignments that exceed expectations will provide details about how and why theperson entered the profession.b. Educate the class about how one becomes involved in the career, including but notlimited to education requirements, certifications, continuing education, etc.Assignments that exceed expectations will detail the interviewee’s thoughts aboutany relevant professional requirements.HLTH 110 | Souza | Fall 2018 1c. Inform the class about expectations and advice for people entering the profession,including but not limited to, typical daily activities, rewards, and challenges of theprofession, etc. Assignments that exceed expectations will clearly demonstrate athoughtful line of questioning and provide unique details about the profession andthe interviewee’s professional experiences.d. Answer questions from your classmates. Everyone will be required to ask onequestion to two different classmates. Only I will know who is asking a question after aparticular interview so you will need to pay attention to each presentation. Insightfulquestions that demonstrate you were paying full attention are required to exceedexpectations.e. Send a “thank you” email to the interviewee and cc me on the email.4. Complete an assignment summary that highlights your findings.a. Provide the data from part 2 above. This includes the list of resources you used toresearch the profession and descriptions of how the resources informed yourinterview. Assignments that exceed expectations will provide plenty of detail, clarity,and insightfulness. If a resource did not help you, explain that situation, too.b. Provide your interview schedule from part 3 above. Be clear as to the questions thatwere pre-determined and the questions arose during the interview (i.e., the “follow-ups”).c. Summarize the interviewee’s responses. You can transcribe responses verbatim,which is especially easy if you interview via email, or you can simply summarize themain findings for each question. Assignments that exceed expectations will includeyour own thoughts and experiences related to the interview. For example, ifsomething surprised you or wish you asked something different, include that in thesummary. Furthermore, assignments that exceed expectations will connect severaldetails from the interview with relevant course material (e.g., material we havecovered up to the due date).d. Conclude by completing the following sentence: “For someone looking to enter [theprofession] my three recommendations/warnings are…” you do not need to includethree recommendations and three warnings. Just three points which can be allrecommendations, all warning, or a mix of recommendations and warnings. Morethan three points is acceptable.5. Give an informal presentation (at your seat) to the class regarding your work. In 4 minutes(plus or minus 30 seconds), not more nor less, summarize the most important informationyou gathered from the interview. Presentations that exceed expectations will be rehearsed(e.g., you will not need to look at notes) and make links to relevant course material.
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