On March 24th 2012, the University of San Francisco, Sacramento Campus served as the setting for CAHL’s 4th Annual “College Bowl” competition.  The competition, featuring teams from schools in CAHL’s Higher Education Network (HEN), is fashioned after some popular TV quiz shows such as “Jeopardy” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”. Designed to sharpen and test the skills of each University’s Healthcare Management program students, and to create and build awareness of the mission of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, this year’s event did just that and more!

This year’s competition pool was composed of graduate students from California State University, East Bay, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific and undergraduate students from the University of California, Berkeley, California State University, Chico, and Fresno State. After a round robin tournament style bracket, and 15 match ups later, the University of California, Berkeley team made up of students Chu Fang “Phoebe” Tseng, Benfie Liu, and Zeyu Xu captured the first place finish, which includes a $750 cash prize for their program. Coming in a close second was UOP’s team made up of students Kristin Dang, Marianne Lewis, and Katrina Ordanza who also took home $250 for their program.

This year marks the third year that Pacific has taken home second place in the College Bowl Competition.

Guided by event Judges Roland Pickens, Siri Nelson, and Steve Gabelich and College Bowl Officials Ehren Hawkins and Darryl Curry, the 2012 College Bowl demonstrated the professional competitiveness, knowledge, and excitement of all the participants, as well as the camaraderie amongst all the participants and one day future colleagues. Fielding questions on the eleven healthcare leadership topics covered in the ACHE Board of Governor’s exam – Governance and Organizational Structure, Human Resources, Finance, Healthcare Technology and Information Management, Quality and Performance Improvement, Laws and Regulations, Professionalism and Ethics, Healthcare, Management, and Business – the event was a great way to sharpen and re-sharpen the skills in these wide ranging and important areas that healthcare executives face daily.

With Northern California Regent Jerry Maki and Past CAHL President Mark Lisa serving as the entertaining hosts for the day for an encouraging audience of family, friends, and ACHE members, the event was a success and was capped off with a great 2 hour networking session organized by CAHL’s Sacramento Local Programming Council members Kim Brown Sims and Michael Brokloff and the HEN’s Sara Birnbaum. The event provided a great learning and networking experience for all involved and provided exposure of the benefits of professional affiliation to all health care professionals and students. To see photos of the event and networking session – please click here.

By Baljeet S. Sangha
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