The HCAD Executive Program is designed for individuals currently working in a health care setting who have decided to pursue an advanced degree while employed full-time. In an effort to bolster recruitment, HCAD appointed Amer Kaissi as Director of the Executive Program in August of 2015. As part of this role, Kaissi is working with Sharon Hubenak, Director of Recruitment and Residencies, and with the faculty on external promotion and recruitment and on internal quality improvement. For example, the program launched a campaign called "Executive Potential Identification Challenge" (EPIC) whereby alumni are challenged to find a rising star in their organization and to introduce them to the Executive Program. In return, the referring alumni will be recognized by the Department. To date, five potential applicants referred by alumni have contacted HCAD as a result of this program.
As part of its recruitment events in various cities, HCAD organized a reception in Harlingen on September 28, 2015. Alumni and friends of the program residing in the Rio Grande Valley area were encouraged to bring along an administrator or clinician from their organization who may be interested in the Executive Program. Sharon and Kaissi provided a short presentation, while Trey Nash '13 and Silvana Vela '14, both graduates of the Executive Program, shared their experiences with the attendees. Similarly, on November 2, a reception was organized in the Texas Medical Center in Houston for alumni and friends. Jim Brown '99, recent winner of the Momentum Award, and Jerry Ashworth '02, Executive Program graduate, shared their experience and encouraged the attending alumni to support HCAD with its recruitment efforts. Other recruitment events were planned in November in El Paso at the Hospitals of Providence and at HCA- Del Sol Medical Center.
If you have someone in your organization who is interested in the Executive Program, then please have them contact Kaissi at amer.kaissi [at] trinity.edu or at (210) 999-8132.