As the 2014 Fall semester for Trinity University's Health Care Administration Program comes to a close, Second Year students eagerly look forward to starting residencies and First Year students celebrate a successful first semester. This has been an exciting semester filled with engaging coursework, interactive exposure to the health care industry and development of lasting relationships with faculty, staff, alumni and colleagues.
Although the Class of 2015 is extremely excited to begin their residencies, they have remained focused and involved in their final semester on campus. The students are working on Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) projects throughout San Antonio, learning about the importance of adaptability in managing such a dynamic endeavor. The class also just finished their case competition presentations which addressed the implementation of telemedicine in hospice organizations. This provided them an in-depth exposure to the post-acute side of health care. As a component of their Process Improvement course, the class will soon be receiving their Lean Six Sigma yellow belts which will be a valuable tool during residencies. Despite this rigorous workload, the Second Year students still made time to welcome the Class of 2016, offering invaluable advice on how to survive Schumacher's statistics exam and creating relationships both inside and outside of the program.
The Class of 2016 started the year with a determination to create strong, lasting relationships and to leave our footprint on the program for years to come. We worked to accomplish these goals by developing mission, vision and value statements for our class. We hope that this will guide our efforts throughout our time in the program and that this will become a tradition for future classes. We have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn through hands-on coursework, weekly hospital visits, and guest lectures from prestigious executives and distinguished alumni. As the semester comes to an end, we are hard at work on our departmental assessment and hospital system projects, and we are learning the importance of time management and teamwork. Outside of the program, our class has enjoyed getting to know each other through volunteer activities, Graduate Student Association mixers and playing in a local social kickball league (obviously, we're undefeated). We are counting down the days until the ACHE Congress this spring and we look forward to making the kinds of memories many of you have shared with us from your Chicago trips.
Students from both classes have thoroughly enjoyed opportunities to engage with alumni throughout the semester. The happy hour and golf tournament in October were excellent opportunities to receive advice and get to know you all on a more personal level. We are already looking forward to Alumni Weekend 2015 - some of us are even signing up for golf lessons, so be sure to pick your foursomes wisely next year!
As the President of the Class of 2016, I want to thank you on behalf of the First and Second Year classes for your continuous support. We are so grateful to have such an engaged and active alumni network, and we look forward to meeting, learning from, and deepening our relationships with you in the future.
Class of 2016