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Student Spotlight: Ashraf Ali

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For this week's Student Spotlight we're interviewing Ashraf Ali, a member of the Class of 2021. We're so lucky to have him in the program and look forward to learning more about him!
Undergraduate University: Auburn University
Undergrad Major: Health Services Administration
What made you interested in healthcare administration?
I became interested in healthcare at a relatively early age. I was raised in southeast Michigan and it
became clear to me that the socioeconomic status of our community coupled with the state’s
educational inequality had a detrimental effect on the overall health status of individuals within the
community. Our community was also very ethnically diverse, and I believe that cultural boundaries
imposed further challenges for individuals to receive the care they needed. Later, I fell in love with
business management and found that healthcare administration as a career path was a perfect
combination that would allow me to have a greater reach on serving com…

Student Spotlight: Isabella Harrison

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This week's Student Spotlight features Isabella Harrison, a member of the Class of 2021! We're so excited to have her in the program and without further ado, here's her interview!

Undergraduate University: Oral Roberts University
Undergrad Major: International Business, minors in Biology and Theology
What made you interested in healthcare administration? I have always loved science and being able to care for people, but after multiple medical missions trips and many talks with doctors, I realized I did not want to be a physician. My junior year of college, I had the opportunity to lead a medical missions trip to the Dominican Republic. I was a business major and led a group of pre-medical and pre-nursing students and discovered I loved being able to coordinate and plan strategies to help us be most effective in providing medical care to the Dominican people. I didn’t fully recognize my interest in this field until this past year when I was living abroad as a baker in Ireland…

Student Spotlight: Ian Crawford

This week we're excited to be interviewing Ian Crawford, a member of the Class of 2021! We're so lucky to have him in the program and without further ado, here's his interview!

Undergraduate University: The University of Texas at San Antonio

Undergrad Major: Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

What made you interested in healthcare administration? 
Coming out of high school, I had no direction and no real idea of what I wanted to do. After taking a gap year between high school and my undergrad, I started attending UTSA and pursuing a business degree. At the same time, I was working full time. During my gap year I had gotten a retail job at Walgreens, which eventually turned into an opportunity to move into the pharmacy. What started as simply a promotion and pay increase, turned into an exceptional learning experience that first introduced me to the healthcare industry. Never before had I ever thought I would want to go into healthcare. That being said, for me h…

Student Spotlight: Garrett Dewbre

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Student Spotlights are back! We're excited to be starting off this semester's round of interviews with Garrett Dewbre, a member of the On Campus HCAD class of 2021. We look forward to learning more about Garrett and his classmates throughout this year!
Undergraduate University: Texas Tech University
Undergrad Major: Biology
What made you interested in healthcare administration?  I first became interested in healthcare administration while working as a phlebotomist in a hospital. I made friends with a few administrators and became very interested in the work they did. Overtime, these mentors helped me realize that a career in healthcare administration would allow me to combine my passion for healthcare and business.
What made you decide to apply to Trinity? Trinity’s HCAD program is nationally ranked, and my mentors spoke very highly of the program. The residency portion of the program was a huge factor for me, and I also like that Trinity has a very supportive alumni network. 
What a…

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…