Dr. Don Berwick, former administrator of the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement spoke at the 14th annual Physician Leadership Symposium, held earlier this month at the Opus College of Business.
With his credentials, you might expect his presentation to be filled with medical terminology and jargon–however, Berwick began by introducing us to his beloved and most brilliant four-year-old grandson, and a character from the Harry Potter books, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. As a proud grandfather, physician and expert in providing quality health care, Berwick is deeply concerned for the present status and future of U.S. health care.
What does Voldemort (gasp!), have to do with health care? Using Harry Potter’s evil character as a metaphor, Berwick defined 11 monsters — economic and social variables impacting our health care system. The unspeakable hot topics included:
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow* kept an audience of grad students from “The Balance Beam,” the first of a new series of workshops developed especially for OCB graduate students—working parents.
More than anything as working parents, specifically working MBA parents, you need to know you are not alone in this triple role. We hope that in joining your peers in the UST MBA program who are also juggling these conflicting demands, you will find like-minded individuals and together share successes, tips, and insights.
Maggie Tomas, from UST’s Graduate Business Career Services, opened up a discussion on the issues that impact many graduate students—working, taking classes and attending to family. (Maggie would know! She works full-time and has two young children.)
Managing these demands may be overwhelming and guilt ridden and better addressed by prioritizing. As a graduate student, it may be more about choice than balance. Maggie offered these suggestions:
UST finals begin tomorrow. How do you study and how successful are you at taking tests?
A New York Times article reviewed a report that compared students’ study methods. Students who read the material and then took a test scored better when compared to two familiar study methods: “mind-mapping” and “cramming”. The summary statement suggests that angst results in a positive outcome, as “It may also be that the struggle involved in recalling something helps reinforce it in our brains.”
New York Times graphic.
“I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m fast, I’m pretty and can’t possibly be beat.”
— Muhammad Ali
That’s some brand. What’s your brand?
Opus College of Business graduate students attended Graduate Business Career Camp, Creating Your Professional Brand and The Art and Science of Networking, last weekend and the hours flew by!
Presenters LaBarre Spence and Tom Colosimo, from UST Graduate Business Career Services, helped students prepare their professional brand and then how to use that personalized statement—aka pitch—to network. Having a confident presence and genuine passion allows you to promote what you do well and how you might meet the prospective employers’ need. First, you must analyze and organize your competencies, standards and style.
Ask yourself these four questions:
A. Cookie consumption.
During the week of March 15, Evening UST MBA Student Life hosted the spring Happy Half Hour and Elective Trax – sponsored by Robert Half International. Happy Half Hour is a networking event for Opus College of Business graduate students. Students were invited to spend their class break in the Terrence Murphy Hall atrium. Over cookies, munchies, bottled water and sodas, students took a break to chat with their colleagues, peruse the elective course information and discuss the upcoming summer and fall registration.