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Student Spotlight: Varshi Broumand

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For this week’s Student Spotlight we’re interview Dr.Varshi Broumand, a member of the Executive Class of  2020 and a Nephrologist here in San Antonio!
How did you hear of the TU HCAD Executive Program? I heard of the program from the CMO at Christus Health and colleagues.
What has been your favorite part of the program so far? I’ve really enjoyed learning about the history of healthcare and health policy in our country and operations management.
How do you see the graduate degree benefiting your career advancement? It would allow me to use the knowledge I gain to become an effective associate CMO for my hospital and help with operations at my medical practice.I view myself as a 2nd year medical student now with regards to the HCAD program.The sky is the limit, and we will see where my interests take me as I go through this journey. Just like medical school, I did not know where I was going the first day of school; where I thought I may go, ended up being different than where I am.

What does …

Student Spotlight: Samantha Echols

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For this week's Student Spotlight, we're interviewing Samantha Echols, a member of the Executive Class of 2020 and Lead Physical Therapist at St. David’s Surgical Hospital!

How did you hear of the TU HCAD Executive Program? My rehab director – Crystal Milan. She has been the biggest influence for me to go back to school.
What has been your favorite part of the program so far? For our first semester, I would have to say being on-campus to interact with classmates and the professors.
How do you see the graduate degree benefiting your career advancement? I plan to switch gears from clinical to more professional.  My goal is to ultimately become a COO within the next 5 years.  This degree would allow me the education needed to understand the business aspect of that career.
What does “being a leader in healthcare” mean to you? Means making an impact by creating new and improved ways to provide health-care to not just an individual patient but to whole communities, populations and even the …

Student Spotlight: Dianna Cobb

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We're back with a Student Spotlight! This week we're interviewing Dianna Cobb, a member of the Executive Class of 2020. She's currently the Division Vice President  of Cardiovascular Services for Methodist Healthcare System here in San Antonio! Without further ado, here's her interview!

How did you hear of the TU HCAD Executive Program?   From work peers, several of our Executives attended the program.
What has been your favorite part of the program so far?   The flexibility it offers with my full-time, demanding job.  The instructors are extremely supportive and knowledgeable!!
How do you see the graduate degree benefiting your career advancement?   My undergrad and 1st Master’s are in clinical studies (Nursing).  The MHA program will give me insight into the business, marketing, policy, and strategic side of healthcare.  My goal is to, one day, become a CEO where those skill will be even more critical.
What does “being a leader in healthcare” mean to you?   Healthcare is cha…

ACHE Congress? We've Bean There!

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This past week, Trinity HCAD students had the chance to enjoy the annual tradition of attending the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress in Chicago. This fun ritual allows first-year students to bond with their classmates, meet and learn from ACHE's community of executives, connect with Trinity alumni, prepare for Preceptor's Conference with mock interviews and experience the city of Chicago.
All 23 of the first-year on campus students attended the event along with the Trinity HCAD faculty and a number of the second-year students, who are currently in their year-long residency. There were over 100 education and networking sessions so students were busy meeting with healthcare professionals and graduate students from across the country. Hopefully these connections will turn into friendships as students advance in their careers. 
Trinity professor, Dr. Amer Kaissi, won ACHE's Book of the Year for his book Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High Perfo…

Student Spotlight: Meagan Goggans

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For this week's Student Spotlight, we're interviewing Meagan Goggans! Meagan has a knack for supporting her classmates- it's one of the many reasons she makes a great Health and Fitness Co-Chair for the Class of 2020. As you'll be able to tell in her interview, she's also hilarious and can be counted on to make her classmates laugh, even during stressful situations. Without further ado, here's her interview!
Undergraduate University: The University of Texas at Austin Undergrad Major: B.S. in Psychology What made you interested in healthcare administration? I think – like a lot of my classmates – I originally found myself drawn to the healthcare field from an early age. My mother is an ICU nurse and growing up I had always admired her for her  work ethic, ability to put others first, and her desire to never stop learning in a constantly changing environment. I have done my best to learn from her and emulate these qualities, and it was through my mother that I found…

Student Spotlight: Austin Gailey

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For this week's Student Spotlight we're interviewing Austin Gailey! As you'll see while reading his interview, Austin is an insightful and eloquent writer and we are so lucky to have him in the program! Here's his interview!
Undergraduate University: The University of Oklahoma
Undergrad Major: Biology
What made you interested in healthcare administration? -It is no secret that the U.S. healthcare system is largely segmented, non-transparent, and for many, care provision is prohibitively expensive. I have always found joy in improving the lives of others, and motivation in being confronted with great challenges – a career in healthcare administration affords me both. As Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Far and away the best prize life has to offer is working hard at work worth doing.” To me, there is no work more worth doing than improving the health and well-being of others.
What made you decide to apply to Trinity? -Trinity’s Health Care Administration program is a well-renow…

Student Spotlight: Andrea (Andi) Fernandez

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For this week's Student Spotlight, we're interviewing Andi Fernandez! Andi is Preceptors Conference Co-Chair for the Class of 2020 as well as the class' resident baker and dog mom to her adorable golden doodle Bentley. You can always count on Andi for optimism and positivity. We're so lucky to have her in the program, here's her interview!
Undergraduate University: Baylor University
Undergrad Major: Bachelor of Science in Biology
What made you interested in healthcare administration?  I always wanted to be involved in healthcare and thought the only way to do that was by going to medical school and becoming a doctor. It wasn’t until my junior year of college when I was pursuing a minor in business administration and involved in various leadership positions that I began to see a different path for myself.  These experiences led me to realize I loved the business side of healthcare.
What made you decide to apply to Trinity?  After researching programs that offered healthc…