First Day Back!

Yesterday was my first day back to school with my classmates. It was a busy day, but a really great day. I hadn’t seen my classmates in quite a long time, so it was great to see all of them and to quickly catch up about some of the basic details of their residencies.

My morning classes are all my five week core MBA classes. This five weeks I have economics and finance. Finance is one of the most challenging classes that I have had during my time at Baylor, but is also a very interesting class as well. My first day back I had economics and two healthcare electives. One of my electives is a class that Col. Garner holds on Mondays and Wednesdays to bring the two Healthcare MBA classes together.

While away at my residency a new class of MBAs began their classes at Baylor. This year’s Healthcare MBA is a good bit larger than my class. I hadn’t met any of them prior to leaving for my residency, so it was nice to see the new students and put faces with names. I know that I was really nervous about beginning my residency last summer, but hearing residency stories and projects from the class above me was helpful in making me feel confident that I could do it. I ended up having a wonderful residency and am looking forward to sharing stories about my experiences as well! It should be a great semester!

Erin

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Ready for Classes!

After a long break I am back in Waco to begin my last semester of my Healthcare MBA! I finished up my residency in Mid-December and headed home to Ohio soon after. I was able to spend several weeks at home and still had some down time back in Texas before moving back to Waco and getting ready for school again.

During my residency I didn’t have much school work to complete, so although I’m excited to get back to school, I imagine it’s going to take me awhile to get back into the swing of things! This semester I will be taking my third and final round of five week classes as well as several healthcare electives. After being gone for so long I’m a little nervous for my five week classes! Each semester we take five weeks of core MBA classes. I enjoy all of the classes, but I definitely find several of them challenging. I’m interested in seeing just how much I have forgotten in the time I’ve been away.

Before graduation Healthcare MBA students are also required to take and pass an oral exam. A panel asks us questions about any of the courses we have taken during our time at Baylor. Apparently no one has ever failed twice! I know I’m going to be anxious for orals when it gets closer to May, but for now I’m just going to focus on adjusting back to life as a student! I’m looking forward to taking classes and to also seeing my classmates and hearing about all of their residencies soon!

Erin

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Back to Waco!

Now that my residency has ended I’ve started to get ready to make the move back to Waco. I’ve really enjoyed my time in Dallas and am looking forward to (hopefully) coming back after graduation.  I enjoy living in larger cities and know that it is going to be difficult for me to adjust back to living in Waco after spending so much time here.

Even though I will miss Dallas, I am also excited about seeing my classmates again. It’s been a long time since I caught up with my classmates in person and I’me excited to hear about their residencies. After being spread out around Texas and throughout the country, it will be great to all be back in one place to catch up before we graduate in May. I’m not excited about actually moving my stuff back to Waco, but it will be worth it. Although I will be seeing all of my healthcare classmates, a group of the students I came into the program with will be graduating this December. I’m incredibly excited for them, but I am also bummed that I won’t be seeing them in January.

Even though working has been a nice change of pace I am also excited about getting back into classes. I genuinely enjoy school (most of the time) and am planning to do my best to enjoy my last semester of my MBA and my classes. The only thing I’m really worried about is finding out how much I have forgotten since last May!! The last year and a half has absolutely flown by. I can’t believe I only have one more semester left until I have my MBA. I know time is going to continue to move quickly, so I need to make sure that I enjoy it!

Erin

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Secret Santa

Although I’ve been gone from my residency for several days now, I have checked in with the other resident who is spending a whole year with Lake Pointe. Lately the administrative team is busy with finishing up end of the year projects and is also preparing for the holidays.

In order to celebrate the holidays, the administrative team at Lake Pointe holds an annual Secret Santa. It lasts for two weeks and the administrative team shares a list of gifts they would like for their Secret Santas to purchase from. I’ve never done a formal Secret Santa, so I was really excited for it!

Although I was leaving before Secret Santa had ended, I was still able to participate. My Secret Santa was nice enough to have my gifts to me before my last day. I brought enough gifts ahead of time for my person to be given gifts even though I was gone. It was a lot of fun to see everyone on the administrative team trying to sneak around while giving each other gifts. I’m notoriously bad at keeping fun secrets like this, so it was definitely challenging for me as well!

At the end of the two weeks the team has a holiday lunch where Secret Santas are revealed. Since I left early I found out who my Secret Santa was ahead of time. Although I could have spent much more time at Lake Pointe getting to know everyone even better, the faculty at Lake Pointe really became my support group and a group of people that were always able to put a smile on my face. It’s been an incredible journey and I’ve been very thankful to be included in traditions and fun with the rest of the team throughout my residency. I’m really going to miss everyone!

Erin

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Last Day and Goodbyes (for now)

Today was the last day of my residency. It was a surprisingly busy day, with lots of last minute ends to tie up before leaving for my Christmas break. Saying goodbye is never easy, but I am leaving my residency with wonderful memories and with a tremendous amount of knowledge gained.

Throughout my residency I’ve been challenged to step outside of my comfort zone, to work on my weaknesses, and to develop my skills. Coming into my residency I had never held a job before. The only ‘work’ I had done was work while an undergraduate student tutoring other students. Working in a hospital or in any more formal business setting was a very new experience for me. The first few days of my residency I didn’t know if I would do well, or if I was cut out for hospital administration. I was quiet, nervous about meeting everyone and found it challenging to adjust.

The administrative team at Lake Pointe truly helped me to open up and to work on my weaknesses, while also giving me opportunities to expand my skill sets. Even after six months with them I feel like this is so much more I could learn. It was a wonderful experience and I know it was a great foundation for my future. I still have a lot to learn-both in the classroom and in the office, but I know I am much more prepared for my future now than I was my first day of my residency. I will forever be thankful for everyone who shared their stories and helped me along my way. I am very fortunate for such a great experience and residency.

Erin

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Presentation Day

After several days of prep work, the day of my final presentation for my residency had arrived! Col. Garner came to my hospital a little early and helped me get set up for my presentation. I haven’t needed to give any presentations during my time at Lake Pointe, so I was excited to share what I had learned while working on my project both with Col. Garner and will my Preceptor.

For our presentations we have the option of inviting whomever would like to attend. Some of my classmates had more attendees at their presentations than others. I had a small group with only my preceptor, Lake Pointe’s Director of Business Development, Col. Garner, and two other Lake Pointe employees who came to offer support.

We are given an hour time slot for our presentations. I was originally concerned that my presentation would run short, but after practicing I quickly realized I would fill the time slot. Overall I thought my presentation went very well! It was exciting to be able to present a project that I had spent so much time working on. Even more surprising to me is that I really didn’t feel nervous beforehand! Prior to coming to Baylor I was always anxious about giving presentations. My classes at Baylor have required a lot of presentations, so I eventually stopped getting as anxious about them. I was glad to see that progress has carried over even after being out of practice for several months!

After my presentation, my preceptor gave me feed back on how he thought my presentation went as well as on my slideshow style. He also asked me several questions. Col. Garner then met with my preceptor before meeting with me one last time. I received a lot of great feedback and was glad to have finished my residency requirements! I’m also looking forward to getting back to Baylor next semester to catch up with my classmates and learn about their projects.

Erin

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Lessons from Volunteering

Yesterday while volunteering I spent time talking with my group of middle school girls about what their plans are for their holiday break. Several of them mentioned traveling and seeing their families.

What one of the girls mentioned she would be doing really resonated with me. She mentioned that her cousins would be spending time with her at her house. She said that when they get together they typically sit in her room on their computers and hang out. One of the other mentors and I asked if they ever played games or spent time together without their computers. She said that when they were younger they were closer and would hang out and have fun, but that ever since getting laptops they only want to sit on their individual computers and spend time together that way. She also said that she doesn’t like it as much and misses being as close as they used to be.

When I was growing up I didn’t have my own laptop until high school, I didn’t have my own cell phone until my older brother was driving, and how often I used our family computers was monitored. Children are getting their own electronic devices younger and younger. It’s interesting to see what kind of effects they could be having on their relationships with people they love.

I was impressed by my student for acknowledging how her relationship with her cousins had been affected by technology. I also encouraged her to challenge them to spend time away from their computers. Hopefully she reports back in January that they spent some time unplugged!

Erin

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Birthday!

Today was my 24th birthday! My Wednesdays are typically my busiest day of the week because after work I volunteer. This was my first birthday where I wasn’t spending my evening studying for finals, so I was just happy to be able to enjoy my day without stressing over exams.

When I got to work I was greeted with a huge surprise! Allana had baked cupcakes for me and had strung up a Happy Birthday banner in my office. She also picked up a cupcake recipe book for me since she knows I love cupcakes (they’re a major weakness of mine!). Needless to say I was extremely surprised and was very grateful for her! We had plenty of cupcakes to share so we walked around the hospital and shared cupcakes with coworkers until we were low.

Later in the morning Lake Pointe’s two administrative secretaries surprised me with a Happy Birthday balloon and a bag of caramel popcorn! I tend to be very low-key about my own birthday, so I was extremely thankful and humbled by how kind everyone was!

After work I headed to volunteering where I spent time chatting with my group of middle schoolers about what their holiday plans are. It was a nice way to end my day!

Erin

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Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I decided to go to his family’s cattle ranch to enjoy some time outdoors and relax. This year we also invited Allana, who is also a resident at Lake Pointe.

Since Thanksgiving falls on Thursday we were given both Thursday and Friday off to enjoy time with our families. To my surprise we were also told to leave at noon on Wednesday! It was a great surprise and it was really nice to have a little bit more time to relax. We all met at the ranch on Thursday morning. After a big lunch we spent the rest of our day hiking around, enjoying the beautiful weather and showing Allana around. We ended our day with a bonfire including s’mores!

I have come to love living in Dallas, but I always look forward to spending time at the ranch. There is something very rejuvenating about spending a whole day outside, enjoying the weather, and being unhooked from technology. It was wonderful to be able to share our ranch fun with Allana! She and her dog really had a great time with us and will hopefully be back for another ranch trip in the future.

I know I’m certainly hoping to return soon!

Erin

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Final Presentation

Now that it’s almost Thanksgiving I am only a few weeks away from the end of my residency. I really can’t believe how quickly time has passed since my first day at Lake Pointe. As much as I am excited for Christmas break and to see my family and friends I will also be sad to leave Lake Pointe.

Since June I have been lucky enough to spend time with a wonderful group of people who have taught me a lot about how integral everyone’s roles are to making a hospital operate. I’ve also been given opportunities to use some of what I learned while at Baylor and was also given opportunities to continue to develop interpersonal skills.

One of the opportunities I have had is through my final project. For my final project i helped to develop several results metrics that will be utilized to monitor our new Community Paramedics program. Prior to developing results I also was able to sit in on meetings and watch the program develop. It has been a wonderful learning opportunity and I’m very thankful to have been a part of its development.

Since the program just recently launched, my presentation will focus on telling the story of how the program was developed. Although we do have several patients enrolled in the program now, it is too early to report results from the program. After spending so much time with this program, I am very excited to present the steps taken in the program’s development with Col. Garner and with my preceptor. I’m sure I’ll be nervous, but I know it will be great to present everything I’ve learned!

Erin

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