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Lorraine Papazian-Boyce, who teaches in the health management program, won an award celebrating texts from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.
Famed author William Arthur Ward once proclaimed, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." At The College of Health Care Professions, there are plenty of instructors and professors in that final category. Those individuals shape and nurture students that will become the future of the healthcare industry. For these teachers, it's rewarding enough just to know they made a difference in a student's life. Sometimes, though, these academic leaders are honored with actual awards. Case in point: Lorraine Papazian-Boyce, who is a winner of a prestigious award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.
This isn't Papazian-Boyce's first award, either. In 2012, she won for her very first text, "ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding: A Map to Success." Nonetheless, Papazian-Boyce explained that she's just as appreciative the second time around.
"It's an amazing honor to win this award because it is validation by fellow authors that I accomplished my vision for the book," she said in a statement. "I will accept the award in June at TAA's annual conference in San Antonio. I will add that Angela Campbell, another HIM instructor, worked as a subject matter resource expert for me on the text and made numerous valuable contributions."
Other winners of the Texty include influential instructors and authors in the fields of calculus, astrophysics, sustainable building and English.
Pushing new ideas
It's that experience that has helped make her latest text such a vital component of modern healthcare instruction. Papazian-Boyce said that she designed the text with one major intention in mind: to be a definitive source for instructors and students alike.
"The goal of this text is not only to create a comprehensive coding text but to approach coding in a way that gives instructors new tools for communicating successfully and gives students effective methods for learning new skills," she said. "No chapter and no example were written without answering the question, 'How will this help instructors communicate with students?'"
In the 60-chapter, 1,200-page textbook, Papazian-Boyce addresses, among other topics, coding fundamentals, the development of ICD-10, the physician coding system and online coding.
The bigger picture
"I think it (winning the award) would present a positive image to students that the HIM program is using an award-winning textbook and that the author is teaching one of the courses in which it is used," she said. "This should instill confidence in potential and current students that they will receive a high quality education in the HIM field at CHCP."