Author: Cristina Cardona
Over the last couple of years, the MTA has worked with industry stakeholders and leaders through workshops and focus groups to establish best practices and protocols for handling international patients. The Medical Tourism Professional certification will allow insurance, HR professionals, travel agents, and individuals new to the industry and veterans to take away from the courses the tools necessary to develop strong health and wellness travel programs, and further their understanding of the requisites for implementation and sustainable growth of this niche market opportunity. Adding a professional certification to your credentials not only demonstrates your commitment to the industry but it can also add almost $117,000 in lifetime earnings over a high school diploma according to a report from the Center of Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.
Renée-Marie Stephano, president of the Medical Tourism Association™, stated, “Due to the increasing number of requests from specific industries such as insurance and HR professionals and travel agents looking for specialized education, the Association has provided a solution which allows these professionals to set themselves apart from others on a platform of best practices as they enter this niche market.”
“The certification program will give them the tools to create a roadmap and turn medical tourism from a concept into an action plan that can actually be implemented and managed with ease. This certification program should also allow more insurance, HR professionals and agents to become educated and will raise awareness and adoption of medical tourism across the globe,” Ms. Stephano added.
• Demonstrates to employers, insurers and peers that you possess the training and knowledge to successfully implement and manage both an international and domestic medical tourism program
• Sets you apart from the competition and shows colleagues your specialized expertise and commitment to the industry
• Shows that you are up to date with best practices in implementation, communication & engagement
• Opportunities for job promotion and career enhancement
In order to receive the Medical Tourism Professional certification, program participants must: • Finish 8 hours of training/classes (this can be done either in person or online) • Meet educational and professional experience requirements • Pass a comprehensive 100+ question. In order to remain certified, Professional™ must complete five hours of continuing education credits for the two years following certification, to stay apprised of the best practices and standards in the industry.
The Medical Tourism Professional certification course will be offered Wednesday, September 24th in Washington D.C USA, immediately following the conclusion of the MTA’s 7th Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress.
For more information or to sign up for certification you can go to http//www.MedicalTourismCongress.com.The cost of the program is $1,500 for two years.