The Healthcare Management Student Association (HMSA) provides its members with real-world skills in order to create competent health administration professionals. We strive to uphold our values of: scholarship, leadership and professionalism.
Scholarship - We continually encourage our members to be involved in the educational process, and to take an interest in learning more about the field of health policy and administration.
Leadership - In today’s rapidly changing world of health administration, we emphasize the importance of providing programing that will allow members to be competitive leaders in the workforce.
Professionalism - Whether it be in the classroom, or in the boardroom, we teach members to carry themselves with integrity and provide them with the tools to create lasting professional networks.
HMSA provides students interested in health services administration with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of effective leadership skills in health care organizations and to develop their professional networks within the health care community. Here is a list of some of the activities with which HMSA is involved:
- Speaker series - in monthly meetings, HMSA brings in professionals from the local healthcare community to speak to students about trending topics and developments in their field. We’ve had speakers with a wide range of backgrounds.
- Career fair - with its inaugural fair in 2016, HMSA’s job fair is poised to become a major networking event in the college for students looking for careers and field experience opportunities.
- Professional development series - HMSA assists the Department of Health Policy and Management in providing students with opportunities to develop and polish their networking and career-seeking skills.
- American College of Healthcare Executives - Members of the USF Healthcare Management Student Association are also encouraged to join and participate in educational and networking events hosted by the ACHE Western Florida Chapter. Members attend the annual ACHE conference as well.
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President: Taher Hamid
Taher Hamid is a third-year graduate student pursing a master of healthcare administration degree. He has experience working with an accountable care organization, recruiting highly skilled medical staff, and managing the referrals for a multi-specialty private practice. He currently works full time as the Marketing Manager for a rapidly growing technology company that specializes in healthcare facilities. The two years he has spent pursing his MHA has prepared him well for his daily exposure to strategic planning, client presentations, written and verbal communication, and healthcare regulation. This has made him an asset to his organization and has undoubtedly played a huge role in his current endeavor. Taher is a current student associate member of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. ACHE has played a critical role in his development and growth. He is an advocate of this organization and plans on strengthening the relationship between HMSA and ACHE in the coming year. Estimated Graduation year: 2018
Vice President: Sabrina Wise
Sabrina Wise is a second year graduate student pursuing a dual Master of Health Administration/ Master of Public Health degree. Prior to pursuing her MHA/MPH, Sabrina graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Management/Biological Health. Sabrina has spent many years volunteering with non-profit organizations focused around healthcare including being involved in the West Florida Chapter of ACHE. She served as a Program Assistant in the 2017 ACHE Healthcare Congress in Chicago and is currently completing an Administrative Residency at Gastro Florida as well as an ACHE West Florida Chapter ACHE internship. Sabrina is the current Vice President of HMSA. Estimated graduation year: 2019.
Treasurer: Jorge Sanchez
Jorge Sanchez is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Health Administration degree. Prior to pursuing his MHA, Jorge graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. He has spent many years volunteering with non-profit organizations focused around healthcare, including several years on the executive board of Dance Marathon at the University of Florida. Recently, Jorge interned with the Process Improvement Department at Florida Hospital, using Lean and Six Sigma tools to address supply chain issues. He is also currently a student member of the West Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Jorge is the current Treasurer of HMSA. Estimated graduation year: 2018.
Secretary: Jacqueline Douek
Jacqueline Douek is a second year graduate student pursing a Master of Health Administration degree. Prior to attending the University of South Florida, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Arts with an Economics concentration. Ms. Douek is currently working as a project coordinator for the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association organizing the Broward County Healthcare Coalition. She is also interning at Humana in their Bold Goal department, focusing on making the Tampa Bay population 20% healthier by 2020. Ms. Douek aims to continue to be involved in community health and hospital operations post-graduation. Jackie is the current Secretary of HMSA. Estimated graduation year: 2018.
Membership Engagement Officer: Sarah Langel
Sarah Langel is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Health Administration degree. Prior to pursuing her MHA, Sarah graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology. Sarah is actively involved in the West Florida Chapter of ACHE and served as a Program Assistant in the 2017 ACHE Healthcare Congress in Chicago. She has interned at the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa and also interned at Florida Hospital, Process Improvement Department, using Lean/Six Sigma tools to reduce blood culture contamination rates and Obstructive Sleep Apnea mortalities. Sarah is the current Membership Engagement Officer of HMSA. Estimated graduation year: 2018.