APRIL 11, 2014 - Brian Bailey (G’15), who is earning his master of science degree in health systems administration at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, says he first visited Georgetown when he was a senior in college.
“I originally visited Georgetown to see my cousin who was an undergraduate here,” says Bailey, who majored in biology at the University of Florida. “I really loved the campus, and I loved the people I met. I thought they were very intellectual, and I thought this was a great community.”
When he decided to pursue a graduate program focused on health management, he looked into Georgetown’s offerings.
“I read about it and liked what they had to offer – especially things like the executive mentorship program and the integrative case seminar,” he says.
This winter, Bailey began his term as president of the Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University (HEGU), a student organization that hosts a variety of professional, social, and service-oriented activities.
“I felt I had a good relationship with most of the people in our class, and I thought I could represent them well before the faculty of the department,” he says. “I felt like I could collaborate with the chairs and the executive board to come up with good events to help us grow professionally.”
He says the group has planned an event on administrative fellowships and is organizing future service activities.
Bailey notes that the program has been “great so far.”
“The faculty is extremely engaged,” he says. “They care deeply about you as a person and your career progression. It’s a personal connection due to the small class, and the faculty-to-student ratio is very good. There’s also a lot of experiences outside of the classroom that are good for professional development.”
He points to a recent trip to Capitol Hill to meet with policymakers about health policy and legislation, an overnight immersion experience at the Washington DC VA Medical Center to learn about medical terminology, and attendance at the Minority C-Suite Executive Roundtable, sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Department of Health Systems Administration.
One of the program’s highlights, Bailey notes, is the integrative case seminar, which allows students to apply what they are learning in their classes to real-life management decisions that affect a fictional community.
“The seminar puts everything together,” he says. “A lot of our classes are theoretical in nature. The integrative case seminar is where we get to put that theory into action. It’s also good staying abreast of current events in health care and what organizations are facing – in a low-pressure environment.”
He also highlights the executive mentorship program, through which graduate students are paired with successful health care executives. His mentor is Judith Rogers, PhD, RN, who is president of Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland.
“We chat about how I’m doing in classes, opportunities that exist, and ways to better myself in my career,” he says. “It’s very career-focused. Having someone who is that high up in an organization who can give you insights is a pretty rare opportunity.”
‘Basic Human Need’
Bailey says he looks forward to work in the health care management field.
“Health care is a basic human need and one of the most important things in life,” he says. “Being involved in health care delivery is an important societal function.”
When not in class, he spends time keeping up with all of the changes occurring currently in health care.
“I enjoy keeping up with current events, especially in health care,” he says. “The policy landscape in health care is obviously changing a lot these days. It’s important to stay current with those. Washington is the center of all of the action. So it’s good to be here.”
By Bill Cessato