Jillian Barthelemy, a-IPC

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Company/Organization: Regional Infection Prevention Support Team

Title: Infection Prevention Trainer

First Certified: November 2022

1.    What made you want to pursue a career in infection prevention and control?

My interests in public health have always been rooted in epidemiology, infectious diseases, and emergency management. Working in infection prevention and control has allowed me to bridge my interest areas, collaborate in an interdisciplinary space, and help create safer healthcare settings for patients/residents and healthcare workers. I have found that infection prevention and control is more than a career path for me; it is my passion.

2.    What does being a-IPCTM mean to you?

 Becoming a-IPCTM has been a huge accomplishment for me! I think that the certification displays my commitment to the field of infection prevention and is a stamp of approval to show that I am knowledgeable in this realm of public health and healthcare.

3.    What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the examination?

I purchased a study guide online that closely mirrored the examination content outline and set aside time each week to review the materials. I also listened to public health and infection prevention related podcasts every time I walked my dog or drove anywhere. APIC’s “5 Second Rule” is one of my favorite podcasts!

4.    How has gaining the a-IPCTM credential impacted your career development?

Studying for the a-IPCTM has made me a well-rounded infection preventionist. My team collaborates with long term care facilities to assist in the quality improvement of their infection prevention programs. So, studying for the a-IPC exam allowed me to learn more about infection prevention in other healthcare settings while sharpening my existing knowledge of infection prevention. This credential gives me confidence in my work and shows other healthcare partners that I am well equipped to serve as an infection preventionist.

5.    Do you intend on pursing your CIC® credential? If so, why is becoming certified important to you? 

Yes! Becoming CIC certified is a career goal of mine that I hope to achieve in the next 2-3 years. I think that obtaining the CIC is important because it reflects an individual’s expertise in infection prevention. Plus I am always excited to learn more about infection prevention, emerging diseases, best practices, and opportunities for improvement.