Health Care Challenge Results

P&S had another good showing at this year’s Healthcare Delivery and Management Case Challenge in October at the Mailman School of Public Health. Eleven teams competed in the fourth annual event, sponsored by the Columbia Alliance for Healthcare Management. A P&S team, called Sartorius, placed third after winning the 2009 competition.

Competitors represented four graduate schools at Columbia – P&S, Mailman, business, and international and public affairs – and five degree programs – M.D. M.P.H., M.B.A., M.I.A., and M.P.A.

The competition encourages students to use qualitative and quantitative skills and think “outside of the box” to find multi-faceted solutions to a business-related public health challenge. Faculty advisers assist with teamwork planning and oral presentation coaching. Students form consulting teams to review a “real world” healthcare case, prepare a comprehensive analysis and recommendations, and make a presentation to a panel of faculty and industry judges.

This year was the first time a winning team from a previous year returned and placed in the competition. Donald Quest, M.D., was adviser to the P&S team, made up of four members of the Class of 2013. Third-place prize was a $100 American Express gift card for each team member. Members of the team, from left in the photo: Gina Farias-Eisner, Alexander Sackeim (team captain), Ezra Burch, and Jacob Kriegel