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: Vishal Panchigar
Vishal Panchigar is the President and a second year Master of Public Health Candidate. Prior to pursuing his MPH degree, Vishal received his Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Psychology and Public Heath from USF. During his time as a USF student, Vishal was involved as a student leader on campus in numerous organizations, including Student Government, the Order of the Golden Brahman, MEDLIFE, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, and the Students of India Association. He continues to give back to the Tampa Bay community through volunteer work at various organizations. Vishal is a student associate member of the West Florida Chapter of the American College for Healthcare Executives. Upon graduation, he hopes to attend Medical School and become a physician. Expected graduation year: 2021.
Vice President: Linh Truong
Linh Truong is the Vice President, and a second year Master of Health Administration candidate. Prior to pursuing her MHA degree, Linh received her Bachelors in Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Management from USF. Linh has been a member of HMSA since 2018 and has accumulated valuable experiences within and outside of the association. She has been an intern with WellCare Health Plans in Utilization Management and has gained health services exposure from working in the field and immersing herself in networking activities. She is also a student member of the West Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Expected graduation year: 2021.
Treasurer: Sabrina Korn
Sabrina Korn is the Treasurer of HMSA and a Dual Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health student. Sabrina completed her Bachelor degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida. She is currently an intern at Centene where she works closely with the Behavioral Health Utilization Management team. Her passion is in population health and looks forward to doing work that addresses social determinants of health and ensures all individuals receive accessible, quality, and affordable healthcare. Expected graduation year: 2022.
Secretary: Marisa Laccone
Marisa Laccone is the Secretary of HMSA and a second-year student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Organization and Management. Marisa is also a student member of the Western Florida Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from USF and a minor in Creative Writing. Marisa took some time after earning her BA to explore different career paths and post-graduate courses. Doing so resulted in her realization that she enjoyed health related courses and thus decided to enroll in USF’s College of Public Health. She is expected to graduate in 2022.
Membership Engagement Officer: Raavi Singh
Raavi Singh is the Membership Engagement Officer and a Master of Public Health student. Prior to pursuing her MPH, Raavi graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor of Biology and Minors in Leadership, Business Administration, Marketing, and Management. She is also the Vice President of the Public Health Student Association. Raavi is a Graduate Assistant in the College of Public Health for the BullPEN Initiative and works as a Research Assistant at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Raavi enjoys spending her time mentoring younger students and is a member of the West Florida Chapter of the American College for Healthcare Executives. Expected Graduation year: 2021.