Health Administration and Policy Program Council of Majors
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Files / HAPPCOM 2013

10/23/13 Meeting Minutes

November Agenda: 

Nov 6th: Janet McGlynn to speak about HAPP research opportunities

Nov 13: planning for peer health educator stress event on the 20th

    Nov  20: planning for EESA's AIDS banquet (we have agreed to attend and present at it)

Nov 23: EESA's AIDS banquet

Cords for graduating HAPPCOM members

$7 due nov 6th

Today's Guest Speaker: ProfessorCoakley

His Background: 

-part of happ program since 1984

-was VP of st. agnes (spent 30 years there)

-10 years working long term care

-helps hospitals prepare for JCHAO testing

He provided us with these statistics: 

-17million Americans working in health care

-Maryland is the national leader in health care

-MD is the only state that is exempt from DRG because we outperform the rest of the country

-since last fall over 2000 jobs created in health care

-health industry growing faster than the rest of the economy (is recession-proof)

-⅙ new jobs created in the country last year was in health care

-Healthcare management positions expected to increase 22%

MBA/MHA? which way to go?

-can always go to night school

-Coakley got mba at Universtiy of Baltimore in case he wanted to get into another business and took a minor in health care

He mentioned that the umbc happ program

prepares students very well for masters


Where did you get MBA?


Should you go straight to masters or work first?

-It depends: If you can afford it, keep going

-If you work, there are great programs locally for masters(UB, Loyola, GW)

-If you go on to masters George Washington has great program

How do you feel about certificates vs degree?

any piece of paper is valuable

more credentials you have, better off you are

Are employers picky with where you got  your MBA/MHA?

Somewhere like mayo clinic-yes they might be, locally-not so much

many want well rounded employees  vs. just straight-A students (get involved in other orgs or service outside of classes)

employers do look at positions you've held and other service work on resume

some employers are willing to take employees and train them

if you see a job, apply even if you are not at the specific level they are looking for

Do you have internship suggestions?

-depends on area you are most interested in; administration vs. govt

-look at AHA website and Maryland Hospital Association website

-go directly to ceo and write letters

-you want to go in prepared/research to death whatever hospital you are interested in before interview

    -be eager to learn
    -may not guarantee full-time position afterwards, but will be your foot in the door

Tips on how to interview?

-start off by researching company

-prepare to sell yourself /market yourself

-learn about facility as much as you can

-coach each other/have mock interviews

    -be ready for stress questions that will put you on the spot 

-for references on your resume: give name, org, and contact info; let them know you are using them as a reference!

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