Career Corner: Perspectives From ACHE's Stuart A. Wesbury Jr. Postgraduate Fellow, Douglas Chung
Change is a good thing, and sometimes change requires a 1,000-mile move, a new city and a new job. From working as a paramedic and attending Texas A&M University, I now find myself in a new role as the 2010 Stuart A. Wesbury Jr. Postgraduate Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives.
During my short time here at ACHE, I have already had opportunities to meet with some of the most influential people in healthcare. With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a radical change in healthcare is upon us, and an opportunity to meet with the leaders of the American healthcare system has given me a detailed perspective on how this will affect hospitals, health systems, insurance companies and the like. This unique opportunity to speak with ACHE Governors, Regents and chapter leaders has given me a chance to learn from the best and brightest in the healthcare field. In addition, I have also had the opportunity to learn and grow professionally from ACHE’s President/CEO Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, and Executive Vice President/COO Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, the co-preceptors of my fellowship. Both have given me opportunities from within and outside ACHE to work on meaningful projects and participate in learning experiences that have better prepared me for my career as a healthcare executive.
I continue to learn something new about healthcare every day, and I encourage you to do the same. In addition, I highly encourage you to attend the 2011 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 21–24. Congress provides an opportunity for you to learn from early- and mid-careerists and senior-level healthcare executives about the jobs and opportunities that are available to you upon graduation. During the 2011 Congress, students will have the opportunity to participate in Congress seminars, networking events, luncheons and other informal opportunities to speak with healthcare executives. Furthermore, ACHE offers students who participate as program assistants a full refund for their 2011 Congress registration fee!
In addition to attending Congress, I encourage you to get involved with ACHE through your local chapter. Leaders across the country are bringing high-quality programs to your area in an effort to provide education that is more geographically accessible.
Finally, I encourage those minority students looking for a summer internship, and those graduating students looking for a fellowship, to apply for the ACHE Minority Internship or the Stuart A. Wesbury Jr. Postgraduate Fellowship, respectively. If you have the qualities and work ethic that ACHE strives for by adhering to ACHE’s Standards of Excellence for Staff, then I assure you that you will be given opportunities to grow both personally and professionally while at ACHE. If you have any questions about ACHE or these opportunities please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (312) 424-9308. I look forward to speaking with you, and I hope to see you at the 2011 Congress on Healthcare Leadership!