The Power of Case Competitions

I recently returned from my first visit to Baylor University in Waco, Texas after observing the Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. This event, like other case competitions I’ve attended in the past, reminded me of the unique educational power of these events and their important role in the learning experience of graduate healthcare management students.

Bill Robbins, left, and Anthony Stanowski

The competition is funded by Bill (pictured at left) and MaryJo Robbins, as part of theRobbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor.  The competition is open only to CAHME-accredited programs, or programs that are in the Business Alliance for Healthcare Management (BAHM).  The competition gives students less than 24 hours to prepare an analysis and recommendations based on a case they receive just the day before. It is simply remarkable how professional, insightful, and serious all the presentations are, especially when you consider how quickly the students must prepare.

The winning team was from Trinity University, where, coincidentally, CAHME will hold our next

Members of the winning team from Trinity University include, from left Sabrina Gill, Justin Glenney, and Andi Fernandez, accompanied by Ed Schumacher, PhD, professor of healthcare administration at Trinity University, and chair of its MHA program.

Accreditation Council meeting in the Spring.  Trinity is a long-time CAHME-accredited programs, and the students presented some interesting approaches, including using a “Digital Fence” to do marketing.

Second place team was from the University of Pittsburgh (whose program director, Kevin Broom, PhD, accompanied the team and is CAHME’s faculty for our Boot Camps).  The University of Alabama at Birmingham came in third.

In addition to the witnessing the case presentations, I also got to spend some time with Bill Robbins, who remains vibrant and engaged at 88-years-old. Bill’s generosity helped create the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at the Hankamer School of Business. His optimistic vision for the future of healthcare management is matched by Terry Maness, Dean of the School of Business, Cherise Bridgewater, MBA, FACHE, Director of Accreditation and Operations, andForest Kim, PhD,  the director of the program.

CAHME maintains a list of case competitions winners on our web site. They list the best of the best of those pursuing a future in healthcare management.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Still Accepting Award Nominations

One of the highlights of each year for CAHME is our announcement of our various award and scholarship winners. We are encouraging all CAHME-accredited programs (and CAHME-certified Healthcare Quality and Safety programs) to consider applying for these student scholarships, faculty grants, and award programs. Each year, they help us to recognize some of the best-of-the-best, while also honoring our corporate sponsors and individuals who made lasting impacts on healthcare and the world around them.

This year’s award and grant opportunities include:

  • CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award: $5,000 to a program committed to sustainability in healthcare.
  • CAHME/Wharton Research Data Service Faculty Grant: $1,500 award for the best faculty paper to advance the quality of healthcare management processes through the use of empirical quantitative data
  •  CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship: $2,000 to a female student who has demonstrated a commitment to communities in need.
  • CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship: $2,000 to a student pursuing an internship or fellowship in public policy at a government, foundation, or other public policy organization.
  • CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship: $2,000 for a student who embodies a spirit of service to others and volunteerism.

Applying is easy, and all the necessary forms and information can be found on our web site at CAHME.org/awards. Applications are due by 5:00pm on November 21, 2019. Winners will be honored at next year’s ACHE Congress in March 2020.

I hope all eligible programs will share this information with their students, faculty, and colleagues.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Board Supporting Healthcare Quality and Safety

The CAHME Board provides important oversight and leadership to CAHME and our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education. At its meeting last week, the Board discussed important issues, specifically around our work with masters programs in healthcare quality and safety.   The Board took a number of actions, including:

  • Approving Queens University (Kingston, Ontario) as the fifth healthcare quality and safety (HQS) program to be CAHME-certified and the first in Canada.  Congratulation to Kim Sears, RN, PHD, the Associate Director Health Quality Programs.
  • Approving the renewal applications of the HQS programs at George WashingtonThomas Jefferson UniversityUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Reinforcing CAHME’s working relationship with the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). NAHQ supports workforce development for quality and safety for healthcare quality professionals at the front lines and through partnerships with CAHME designated Quality and Safety programs – soon to be six (6) strategic partnerships! Last month, CAHME presented on Board decisions about Healthcare Quality and Safety at the NAHQ Next 2019 gathering in Phoenix. I want to particularly thank Billy Oglesby, PhD from Thomas Jefferson University as the General Committee Chair; Deirdre McCaughey, PhD from the University of Calgary as the chair of the Certification Review Committee; and Allyson Hall, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, as the Chair of the Accreditation Standards Review Committee for their leadership. Kim Sears (Queens) and Ken Harwood (George Washington) presented case studies showing how CAHME standards are enabling their programs to establish benchmarks and succeed. You can find the presentation on our home page.

I am grateful to our Board for its many contributions to CAHME’s progress and for our Board members’ belief in the importance of improving the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Encourages Fellowships as a Valuable Learning Experience

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the MHA program at the University of Scranton, where many of the students were in the beginning stages of applying for administrative fellowships. I was impressed that the students saw the advantage of fellowships: six to 12 months of structured experiential education that allow students to learn directly from senior healthcare executives.  While fellowships vary, high quality ones commonly include project work, rotation through departments, access to executive level discussions such as Board Meetings, and also provide an academic preceptor who oversees the experience.

While not all programs require fellowships for their students, in the 2017 – 2018 academic year 71 percent of all CAHME-accredited programs participated with at least one student applying for a fellowship. Also in 2017 – 2018, 15 percent of graduating students in CAHME-accredited programs chose a the fellowship experience – an increase of about 4 points over the prior year.

CAHME and AUPHA worked with National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) to create a centralized application process for fellowships. Creating a site that brings together healthcare organizations seeking fellows with students seeking fellowships has greatly simplified the application process and helped the fellowship experience for students to flourish in the past several years. We are grateful for the support and leadership of Andy Garman, PhD, president of NCHL.

The ACHE also maintains a section on its website with comprehensive information about fellowships. A majority of fellowships slots require that students come from a CAHME-accredited program.  For programs that do not, many give preference to students from CAHME-accredited programs.

My belief in fellowships comes from my own professional story. At the beginning of my career, as a student at Widener University, I completed an administrative fellowship (then called a residency) with the former Graduate Health System in Philadelphia. That lead to my first post-graduate job with Graduate, where I formed life-long professional friendships that shaped my career and from which I still benefit.

I am a strong supporter of administrative fellowships and see them as a solid foundation on which to build a career.  I would strongly encourage any student who has made the investment to study at a CAHME-accredited program to seek out an administrative fellowship. The benefits can last a lifetime.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Invites Award Applications

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce two award opportunities for CAHME-accredited programs. 

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education serves to recognize programs that incorporate the ideals of sustainability and social responsibility in healthcare management education and practice. The application is available on the CAHME web site. Programs will be asked to demonstrate how they use cultural competency, community involvement, environmental focus, and sustainability in curriculum, student experiential opportunities (such as internships and fellowships), and alumni networking and engagement. The winning program will receive a $5,000 award to support research of sustainability in healthcare.  This brief video highlights the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award.

The CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Best Paper for Empirical Research Award will recognize excellence in papers that advance the quality of healthcare management processes through the use of quantitative data. Any CAHME-accredited program or faculty member of a CAHME-accredited program can apply. Applicants do not need to be clients of Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), nor do submitted papers need to have used data provided by WRDS. Applications will be judged by a panel of experts from CAHME and WRDS. The winning program or faculty member will receive an award of $1,500.

Winners of both awards and the CAHME Scholarships will be announced at the annual CAHME Luncheon held during the ACHE Congress in March of 2020, and will be featured in Modern Healthcare magazine. You can find details and application forms on our web site. The deadline for applications is November 21, 2019.

We are grateful to our partners at Canon Solutions America and Wharton Research Data Services for their support of CAHME and our mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Scholarship Winners Announced; New Scholarship Added

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

 

I am pleased to share this year’s winners of the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship and the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship, and to announce that CAHME has added a third scholarship opportunity that is now accepting applications.

 

Kwamane Liddell has received the 2019 CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship honors Tim

Kwamane Liddell

Campbell, a business leader and CAHME board member who believed in hard work and selfless service. Mr. Liddell began his career in healthcare as a janitor after he dropped out of college in 2010. The experience inspired him to pursue nursing. He became the first African American man to graduate from the Southern Illinois University School of Nursing at Carbondale. As a trauma nurse, he saw first-hand how inequities within minority communities impact healthcare. That experience led him to pursue a dual Law Degree and Master of Health Administration at Saint Louis University. Mr. Liddell believes in mentorship to improve underserved communities and has engaged more than 500 students in the last three years. He developed a program to bring young professionals to high schools to discuss careers, personal finance, and life lessons.

Kaitlyn Chana

 

Kaitlyn Chana has received the 2019 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is named for Dawn Gideon, a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. Before pursuing advanced study in healthcare management, Ms. Chana worked as a television news reporter in Maine and Florida. She came to see the power in storytelling and ultimately founded a non-profit organization called Reel Stories. Real People. that uses video to tell positive stories of exceptional people in communities. Ms. Chana is pursuing her master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida. She’s working on incorporating storytelling in healthcare to improve patient care. She has also used her own experience as a survivor of eating disorders to develop curriculum that help schools better approach issues around eating disorders and mental health. “I know Dawn would see in Kaitlyn a woman who shares Dawn’s passion for making things better for others,” said Kevin Altomari, chairman of the Dawn Gideon Foundation. “We are pleased to support Kaitlyn on her journey to leadership in healthcare.”

 

Judy Baar Topinka

In addition to these two winners, I am excited to announce the CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship will award $2,000 to a graduate student in healthcare management education at a CAHME-accredited program. Judy Baar Topinka began her career in journalism and went on to blaze a pioneering path as a public servant in Illinois. First elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980, Judy later became a state senator and was elected as the first woman to serve as the state’s Treasurer. As a legislator and civic leader, Judy was an advocate for the health and welfare of the residents of Illinois. Many of her legislative achievements focus on improving healthcare quality and access. Her expertise in health policy led her to chair the Health and Welfare Committee of the Illinois Senate. She believed in public service and was tireless in her advocacy of those in need. She believed in passion, hard work, ethical leadership, and persistence. The successful applicant will share these qualities and characteristics.

Details about the scholarship, application forms, criteria, and deadlines are available on the CAHME web site. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019, and a winner will be announced in April.

CAHME is grateful to our partnering organizations that make these scholarships available, and for the remarkable winners who will be future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Invites Scholarship Applications

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

With the new academic year starting in just a few days at many colleges and universities, CAHME is pleased to announce that we will once again offer three scholarship opportunities for students at CAHME-accredited programs.

CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship

The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship is named in memory of Tim Campbell, a CAHME board member who personified a commitment to service and volunteerism. Tim believed in hard work and selfless service in his professional and personal life, and believed that true success is measured through relationships that help others reach their full potential. The Scholarship is targeted to supporting student leaders who act selflessly to help others in advancing the quality of healthcare.

CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship

The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship is named in memory of Dawn Gideon, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed and who herself graduated from a CAHME-accredited MHA program at the University of Pittsburgh. The Scholarship is targeted to supporting women pursuing advanced education in healthcare management and who have demonstrated a commitment to communities in need.  As noted above, CAHME and DGF partnered to create avideo of past scholarship winners that demonstrates the high quality of students who have received the award.

CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy
The CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy is name in

 memory Judy Baar Topinka, who dedicated herself to a lifetime of service to the people of the State of Illinois both in government and as an award-winning journalist. The Scholarship is targeted to supporting student living expenses/other costs while they are pursuing a health policy internship/fellowship.

You can read more about each scholarship and prior winners on our web site, or simply click on the links above to go directly to the application.

We are deeply grateful for the family and friends of Tim Campbell, the Dawn Gideon Foundation, and the Judy Barr Topinka Foundation for their support of future leaders of healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Introduces New Staff

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is continually looking to improve its efficiency and effectiveness in fulfilling our mission of improving the quality of healthcare management education. An important part of this effort is to make sure we are appropriately staffed with team members who bring the right set of skills. Our recent move to a “virtual” office model has allowed us to allocate more resources toward staffing. We take a flexible and innovative approach that includes full time, part time, contract staff, and administrative interns.

As we approach the beginning of another academic year, I thought it would be good to introduce some of the new staff with whom programs will interact on a range of CAHME activities and projects.

Adrianne Cancillieri

Adrianne Cancillieri has joined CAHME part-time as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. Adrianne brings a decade of experience with the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, where she specialized in Human Resources. Adrianne will be responsible for coordinating activities for our Board, Councils, Committees, and external audiences. She holds a BS in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College. Prior to joining CAHME formally, Adrianne worked as a contractor for 6 months. 

Jennifer Csernica
Melissa Sanseverino

Melissa Sanseverino has joined CAHME part-time as our Accounting Coordinator, focusing on all aspects of CAHME accounting, billing, payroll, banking, and other important financial activities.  Melissa is a CPA, had served as a Senior Accountant at L’Oreal, a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young, and is a graduate of The College of New Jersey.

Ethan Kannel

Ethan Kannel is CAHME’s administrative resident.  During his time with us this year, Ethan will focus on overseeing the CAHME awards program, grants, and our various scholarship programs. He holds a BA from Cornell University, is currently pursuing his MBA in Health Sector Management at Temple University.  This summer, Ethan is finishing up an internship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

I am excited to be working with this great group of new CAHME staff members. They bring an energy and enthusiasm to their roles which I know will serve CAHME well as we work to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME-Accredited Programs Represent “Beauty and Strength” of Diversity

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME programs produce an annual report to demonstrate how they fulfill their mission and meet the requirements of accreditation. This information is required by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and has the added advantage of enabling programs to benchmark their progress.

These annual reports provide a fascinating insight into many aspects of CAHME-accredited programs. As just one example, programs provide data on the diversity of their student body. CAHME’s accreditation Criteria IIA2 states that programs “will have recruiting practices and well-defined admission criteria designed to recruit and admit qualified students and to pursue a diverse student population as reflected in the Program’s mission-defined market.” For the 2017/18 academic year, CAHME programs reported the following ethnic breakdown of students: White or Caucasian: 58.9%; Asian: 17.6%; Black or African-American: 12.6%; Hispanic: 9.9%; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.7%; Native American: 0.3%.

The chart below illustrates racial and ethnic diversity percentages for most CAHME programs. The overall average is 41 percent.

Figure 1: CAHME Accredited Programs, 2017 – 2018, Percent Enrolled Students from Racial/Ethnic Minorities by Reporting Program. (Excludes programs from Canada and Puerto Rico. Ten programs did not report. Overall percentage based on total enrollment for all programs.)

Diversity in developing the next generation of healthcare leaders is not just a crucial issue but, to paraphrase the writer Maya Angelou, represents both “beauty and strength.” Diverse healthcare leadership produces more innovative ideas and emphasizes inclusion in decision-making. Equally important, it helps ensure that future healthcare leadership reflects the increasing diversity of American society. This feature of leadership will be increasingly important, especially as health systems tackle cultural competence and issues around the social determinants of health. 

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is a familiar aphorism in the business world. By asking programs to report on the diversity of their enrollment, CAHME’s accreditation requirements acknowledge the important impact of diversity and its contribution to increasing the pool of diverse healthcare leaders and advancing the quality of healthcare management education. 

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Measurement Lags as Competency-Based Education Grows in Importance

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Few developments in healthcare management education—and its accreditation—have been as important and impactful as the evolution toward competency-based education (CBE). The emphasis on competencies has meant that programs have had to transition away from merely imparting management knowledge and skills to students in favor of measuring what students can accomplish with the knowledge, skills and behavior they acquire. Studying leadership is useful; actually leading is a competency.

After several years of review and collaborative discussion, CAHME introduced CBE as an important standard for accreditation in 2007 and in 2013 fully committed to CBE by removing curriculum content from our accreditation criteria. With more than five years of accreditation visits since then, we are able to draw some conclusions about how programs have fared. While support for CBE has been strong among programs and employers, a majority of programs continue to struggle in measuring their students’ achievement of competencies. Reviews of both empirical and anecdotal data by CAHME leadership and staff suggest that more than two-thirds of programs either “partially met” or “did not meet” criteria for assessing competencies.

CAHME is committed to helping programs both adopt competency standards and to improve measurement of competencies. CAHME’s benchmarking tool enables programs to review other programs that have succeeded in measuring competencies. All new CAHME programs are automatically subscribed to Enhanced Benchmarking, and 82 percent of accredited programs participate.  A recorded webinar on the site helps to explain the capabilities as well. It is also a major focus for our ongoing series of CAHME Boot Camps, which will again be held at the annual meetings of ACHE and AUPHA.

In 2020, CAHME is committed to publish a White Paper that will focus on competency measurement.  We appreciate the support of Peregrine Academic Services in helping to underwrite the costs of the white paper.

The use of competencies will continue to expand. Our recent certification standards for programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety includes competency assessment. CAHME also supports the International Hospital Federation in creating global management competencies. (I had the honor of co-authoring  the recently published article in the World Hospitals and Health Services Journalalong with Bernardo Ramirez of the University of Central California, Dan West of the University of Scranton, and Bob Hernandez of the University of Alabama at Birmingham that discusses competencies in global accreditation.)

CBE is a vitally important standard for accreditation. It validates quality education to program stakeholders, makes graduates more attractive to employers, provides an opportunity for consultation and feedback from colleagues, and underscores the importance of continuous improvement. In short, CAHME’s commitment to competency-based education is a cornerstone in our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME