August 2018
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Chapter Officers
Scott Burleson, FACHE

President Elect
Guy Richardson, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Bernie Poindexter, FACHE

Neel Pathak

Nick Jaidar 

Director, Programming
Megha Kachalia

Director, Membership
Jan van Londen

Director, Development
Tangee' Pruitt

Director, Operations
Christina Farias

Director, Communications  
Frank Rath, FACHE

Director, Community Outreach
Vamsee "V" Potluri

Alan Weisman, FACHE

Faculty Liaison
Mark Bittle, DrPH

Student Member
Staci Hodge

Mark Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE
A Word From Our Faculty Liaison

Dear Friends:

This is a time of great uncertainty in the health care field. During times such as this, I find it helpful to take stock of who we are and what we have accomplished together.

Reminding ourselves of who we are and what we have accomplished is a source of strength and resilience. It reinforces our values, those principles that help us define what is most important. During times of uncertainty, in my experience, it is important to hold a steady course, relying on our principles to maintain direction and evaluate the countless, often conflicting, pieces of information encountered daily.  

I read recently where the millennial generation, those aged 22-early 30s, is the most digitally fluent, and socially connected generation. According to The Advisory Board, in terms of healthcare, this generation is the most “likely to read reviews, compare prices to find providers offering the most convenience for the lowest price.” They are cost conscious, option seekers (i.e. least loyal), most likely to search for a provider online versus a referral, least concerned about travel when quality is concerned, and ready for virtual care. With regards to education, this generation “prefers intrapersonal and independent learning over group work, and they like their learning to be practical and hands-on and want their professors to help them engage with and apply the content rather than simply share what they could otherwise find on their own online.” (Seemiller 2016)

I recall an article in JAMA from former CMS Administrator Don Berwick that this generation of physicians is “the most challenged by moral choices in perhaps a century.” He goes on to point out that health care is an exercise in interdependency, not personal heroism. Physicians simply cannot do the right job alone… and there is a greater need for teamwork, generosity, and deference. That greater need demands that the question, “What am I part of?” should supersede prerogative. It counsels a continual inquiry: Who depends on me? And how am I doing in their eyes?

As healthcare educators, our role is to continually adapt curricula and teaching methods to meet the needs of our students and reflect the needs of the healthcare industry we support. As we consider the future, health care program faculty and administration have an obligation to help define the future, not merely react to it.

So as we in healthcare education seek to blend the realities of practice with evidence derived from academic research, we should be asking ourselves the same questions posited by Dr. Berwick…Who depends on us? And how are we doing in their eyes?

- Mark 


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