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700-plus people in NH, VT will compete for 10 jobs

WEST LEBANON, N.H. (AP) -- More than 700 people have registered to compete for just 10 job openings in the medical coding field.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Vermont HITEC teamed up to present an orientation session Monday night in West Lebanon.

After a two-week screening process, 10 people will be selected to be trained as medical coders. They analyze medical documentation and assign the correct codes used in medical insurance claims. Dartmouth-Hitchcock will employ the successful candidates.

Backers of the session say the jobs come at a good time as the health care and medical information fields continue to expand.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a major health care provider in the state. Vermont HITEC is a non-profit that educates, trains and employs Vermonters in several fields.