As the spring semester comes to a close, the Health Care Administration Program continues to be an enriching experience for students both on and off campus. The Class of 2015 is fully engaged in their residencies, becoming immersed in the cultures of a diverse array of health care organizations. The residency program has proved to be an invaluable experience for the Class of 2015, allowing students to learn and grow under renowned leaders in the field, shadow in clinical and operational departments, attend strategic and executive-level meetings, and make meaningful contributions to their organizations through impactful projects. The HCAD program has done an excellent job of preparing the Class of 2015 for this experience, and we all look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in their residencies and beyond.
The clear highlight of the On Campus Class of 2016's semester was attending the American College of Healthcare Executive's Congress in Chicago. This was an incredible opportunity for us to interactively learn about everything from leadership development to the utilization of big data in health care, as well as engage with many distinguished HCAD alumni. We were especially grateful to members of the HCADAA Board for taking the time to host mock interviews during Congress, helping us ensure that we are fully prepared for Preceptors' Conference. Many students from the Class of 2015 attended Congress as well, and both classes had the opportunity to visit with each other at the alumni happy hour and the Dean Duce Dinner.
This semester, the On Campus Class of 2016 had the unique opportunity to help several of our professors pilot new additions to the program's curriculum. For Kaissi's class, all students participated in Cleveland Clinic's 2nd Annual Case Competition, in which teams had only four days to examine, analyze and determine recommendations for a Cleveland Clinic enterprise strategic initiative. The students found this to be a demanding project that required focus and team cohesion, and a fun twist to the coursework. Additionally, for Shay's and Schumacher's classes, our class participated in the program's first ever "Tiger Tank" competition, in which teams of students pitched business models created to solve health care issues to health care executives. We feel privileged that the professors had the confidence in us to test new projects and concepts with our class, and we were ecstatic to play a role in making the program better than ever. Beyond the classroom, students are participating in volunteer activities and internships at local health care organizations, as well as playing flag football and sand volleyball (although I hate to admit, we are not undefeated this season...we're sticking with kickball next Fall). As the month of May closes, we enjoyed attending Preceptor's Conference and interviewing with the extensive list of esteemed organizations that were in attendance this year.
As President of the Class of 2016, I thank you all on behalf of my classmates for your generosity and support. Giving our class as a whole the opportunity to attend ACHE Congress was truly an amazing experience that we will not forget. We appreciate your continuous commitment to the HCAD program, and we look forward to following your example in the future.