Ac­cred­ited pro­grams over­rated

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

In his com­men­tary on “Paving a path to the C-suite,” (April 23, p. 25), Stephen Loebs cited two com­pet­ing per­spec­tives on grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion for fu­ture health­care lead­ers. I per­son­ally (and frankly, pro­fes­sion­ally) am of the sec­ond camp—not hav­ing earned a mas­ter’s of health ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree from a Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Health­care Man­age­ment Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram. (I’m a proud Chap­man Univer­sity Col­lege grad­u­ate.) I fail to see any ex­tra­or­di­nary value of a de­gree from an ac­cred­ited in­sti­tu­tion. I have never based a hir­ing decision on whether a can­di­date is from such an in­sti­tu­tion. In­stead, my hir­ing de­ci­sions, and those I’ve seen across the in­dus­try, are based on a can­di­date’s rep­u­ta­tion: what he or she can bring to the ta­ble and a proven track record of per­for­mance. Sadly, I’ve also seen grad­u­ate stu­dents from in­sti­tu­tions across the spec­trum who had weak quan­ti­ta­tive, ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and other weak­nesses that will pre­clude them from po­si­tions of greater au­thor­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity in their fu­tures.

I’m not sure that CAHME ac­cred­i­ta­tion does any good, how­ever well-mean­ing. That said, I would hope that the cost of such ac­cred­i­ta­tion does not drive up the cost to the in­sti­tu­tion.

Mark Lisa

CEO Doc­tors Hospi­tal

Man­teca, Calif.

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