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Summer 2005

HSA students observe administrators on-the-job

Seven University of Detroit Mercy Health Services Administration (HSA) students participated in this year’s Job Shadow Day sponsored by the Michigan Healthcare Executives Group and Associates (MHEGA) on Feb. 7.
MHEGA provides students at UDM, Siena Heights and the University of Michigan the opportunity to meet health care professionals such as CEOs and marketing executives and learn more about career tracks and the responsibilities of health care executives.

“The MHEGA job shadow day provides an opportunity our students would not otherwise have to observe, at a high level, the daily interactions and responsibilities of health care executives,” says Mary O’Shaughnessey, interim co-chair, Health Services Administration Program. “The experience energizes them and helps them to know if they have made the right choice in their career path.”

HSA student Pauline Cedillos spent from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mt. Clemens General Hospital meeting senior officers across functions such as finance and operations. She also toured the hospital and had lunch with the hospital's President and CEO Robert Milewski.

“I was surprised I had so many opportunities to meet with senior level professionals. It helped me in defining the kind of work place I would like to work in,” says Cedillos.

Even though HSA student Felicia Hamilton spent a full day at Warren’s Bi-County Hospital attending meetings about budgets, vendor relationships and quality, she would like to see the shadow day expanded.

“Sitting in the meetings was great and helped me to get a better feel for what actually takes place in an administrative setting. I would like to see the students shadow for more than one day,” says Hamilton.

Evaluation sheets completed by all participating students gave high marks to all aspects of the program and for their paired mentors.

“Marie Baloga at Beaumont was an excellent mentor. She made me feel comfortable and gave me a good view of her day even with lots of meetings,” says HSA student Mikala Wetzel.