The just-concluded annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Long Beach, CA, brought together leaders in healthcare management education. CAHME staff and board members presented at several sessions.
Our board chair, Dan West, PhD (University of Scranton), outlined CAHME’s year-in-review, while Pat Ketsche, PhD (Georgia State), detailed the 2017 update to CAHME standards. Jennifer L. Furjanic, MBA-HCM, CAHME’s vice president for Accreditation Operations, gathered feedback on our enhanced benchmarking approach. Pictured, at left, I reviewed the results of my “listening tour” of programs this year, as well as the recent survey of CAHME accredited program directors.
Kevin Broom, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) and Dan Gentry, PhD (University of Iowa) had a full day “boot camp” that not only presented how to get ready for accreditation, but also reviewed the impact of the 2017 accreditation standard update on the accreditation process.
I was especially impressed with CAHME Board Member Dolores Clement, DrPH (Virginia Commonwealth University) who participated in a group panel on how to incorporate the patient experience into the curriculum.
The presentations, speeches, and group discussions at the conference offered a robust environment in which participants engaged in how to prepare students for the major forces shaping healthcare management education today.
Some of the key takeaways:
- The pace of change rewards nimble leaders. Leaders need to analyze and act quickly in response to an ever-changing healthcare environment. As educators, many sessions focused on ways that leading programs adapted their curriculum to meet this change.
- Globalization is here! While nations participate in a global economy, healthcare management education accordingly also has an international perspective. This presents challenges and opportunities to develop global competencies and maximize sharing of best practices. I was excited to connect with representatives of global universities at the conference, and believe that CAHME is prepared to move forward with global accreditation.
Thanks and congratulations to everyone at AUPHA for another successful annual meeting. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference in my hometown of Philadelphia.
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
Some photos from the meeting
Michael Counte of St Louis University (standing) led a discussion on global partnerships, including (L to R) Ana Maria Malek (Sao Paulo School of Business Administration , Brazil), Robert Babela (Saint Elizabeth University, Slovakia), Dan West (CAHME Chair and University of Scranton), and Otar Vasadze (University of Georgia, Georgia).
The CAHME Update was well attended!
Kevin Broom (at front) and Dan Gentry (not pictured) led the CAHME Boot Camp preparing programs for the accreditation process.