My program connected me with senior executives in Buffalo hospitals.
Like most undergraduate college students, I was indecisive on what I really wanted to do for my career. Because I had a deep interest in the healthcare field, I initially focused my attention in clinical psychology. I graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in psychology. I served as the President and Instructor of the University at Buffalo Taekwondo Sports Club, managing capital budgets and instructing over 50 members. I was also employed as a Staff Manager, gathering financial statements and training new employees upon hire. With my experiences, I wanted to continue my interest in healthcare with a greater focus in leadership and business. I decided to pursue a Master's degree in Health Service Administration (HSA), to be part of the already growing field in healthcare, as a future business leader.
After I was accepted into the HSA program I obtained a part-time position at Univera Healthcare that enabled me to get a better feel of the healthcare business from the ground up. It also gave me the opportunity to contribute to class discussions with other students already in the healthcare field. D'Youville's HSA program helped me get involved in many networking events held by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and helped me establish connections with senior executives in Buffalo's major hospitals.
The HSA courses gave me a better understanding of the business end of healthcare and what characteristics are necessary to be a leader in this industry. This gave me the necessary skills to acquire a practicum opportunity at Lifetime Health Medical Group, serving as a Business Office Intern, which I will be starting this summer. My future plans are to finish my degree and apply to an Administrative Fellowship opportunity within a hospital setting.
Health Services Management (MS)