Spring semester quickly came to a close, and it flew by! The Class of 2018 settled into their residencies while first-year students geared up for the Preceptors’ Conference in early May. It was a busy semester, but I know my classmates and I are very excited for what is still to come.
On behalf of the Class of 2019, I would like to sincerely thank the HCAD alumni for their support in sending students to Chicago for the ACHE Congress. Chicago was a fantastic experience for students. We were able to interact with students from other programs, speakers, and alumni. We would like to especially thank the alumni who took the time to conduct mock interviews with the students. We are grateful for the opportunity to prepare for Preceptors’ Conference and appreciate the advice and feedback you gave.
In addition to our usual class work, case competitions were a big part of our spring semester. We sent a team of three students to the UAB Case Competition, where they presented a case on how to keep a rural hospital open. While they did not advance to the finals, we are extremely proud of the work they put in. Trinity also competed in the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition where our students competed nationally with other MHA, MBA, and MPH students. Three Trinity teams out of the 80 that competed were selected to move onto the final round of presentations in Cleveland, Ohio. Although none of our teams advanced to the top four, it is extremely impressive that Trinity was the only program with more than two teams that made it to the final presentations. We are grateful for the support of the alumni who help make it possible for Trinity students to compete nationally at these case competitions. These competitions not only increase Trinity’s name nationally, but also help students develop the innovative, strategic, analytical, and communicative skills necessary to be successful future administrators.
We also completed some very exciting projects this semester. First, the class divided into teams to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment for various markets across the country. It was a great way to use data to understand trends in a market while also seeing different health care delivery systems across the country. Students also completed a business plan for our finance and strategic marketing classes. Finally, we have been in the last stages of completing our ideation project–Tiger Tank. We as students have been charged with finding a solution to a problem in health care. We will then present our solutions in a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges at Geekdom in San Antonio. All of these projects are helping shape us into critical and innovative thinkers!
As the president of the Class of 2019, I want to again thank you for the support you as alumni provide to the program. We are privileged to have such giving and engaging alumni, and we know that Trinity would not be the program it is today without you.
Mary Price Wey
Class of 2019 HCAD President