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.


Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO