As another semester concludes, Trinity University's Health Care Administration Program continues to instill theoretical knowledge and understanding of health care into the minds of intelligent and eager students. The spring semester allowed students to better understand the field of health care, either through time in a residency program or through in-depth conversations and interactions with the program's knowledgeable professors. Trinity is helping the classes of 2014 and 2015 contribute to developing solutions for tomorrow's changing health care industry.
The class of 2014 has reported many positive experiences with their residency programs. Their adaptive learning experience has encompassed attending strategic planning meetings, participating in steering committees, and observing board meetings. Other students are not only learning from individuals in different health facility departments, but also from participating on system-wide projects. Although there is much to learn while in their residency, the class of 2014 has reported feeling well prepared and fully able to take advantage of the many opportunities and challenges placed before them. a number of students of the class of 2014 were able to participate in this year's American College of Healthcare Executive's Congress and share their residency stories with the class of 2015.
ACHE was a great opportunity for students to become better educated and aware of the latest health care issues and trending possible solutions. Aside from classes, students had the great privilege to interact with Trinity HCAD alumni and receive advice on how to succeed in the field of health care administration. The commitment to assisting future generations of health care leaders was apparent during Congress as some alumni participated in mock interviews in order to help the class of 2015 better prepare for the Preceptors' Conference. Students of both classes claimed that their time in Chicago was a positive and impactful educational experience.
While successfully completing the rigorous course load, several students within the class of 2015 vigorously took part in both internships and volunteer opportunities with several prestigious health systems within the San Antonio area. These projects included cost containment studies and "meaningful use" implementation of electronic medical records. After numerous discussions with the class of 2014 regarding the positive impact of their residencies, the class of 2015 is eagerly anticipating finding organizations that allow for both the student and the organization to grow and benefit. Given the high caliber of students, we anticipate all students having a residency placement within the coming months.
As the president of the class of 2015, I want to thank you on behalf of my classmates for all the support and encouragement we have received from you, including allowing us to experience this year's ACHE's Congress. Given your sterling example, we look forward to one day being able to support the future Trinity HCAD students as you have done for us.
-Art Herrera III