I completed my practicum experience at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in their Behavioral Health Services. My preceptor was the wonderful, supportive Deb Fabert, director of the department.
I am an administrative fellow at Beacon Health System currently in my second rotation in the Human Resources department. My first rotation was at Elkhart General Hospital.
Absolutely. The MSHM program provides you with the academic knowledge and practical experience you need to start your career in healthcare administration. What I loved about the program was that you could go into it at almost any level of experience, or lack thereof, in healthcare management and the professors would meet you where you are to ensure your success. For example, I really only had experience with the patient-facing clinical side of healthcare, but the courses helped me develop the business acumen I didn’t know I needed and that has served me tremendously.
The MSHM program made sure we took full advantage of the practicum experience so that we knew what it took to be a leader in the real-world and so that we had a chance to put out classroom knowledge to use. I learned a lot about healthcare, business, and—most importantly—leadership. There is not a mold you need to fit to be a great leader in healthcare. As long as you identify what leader you want to be, stick to your values, and embrace change, you’ll flourish in any opportunity.