Healthcare executives offer FIU students insights into a fast-changing industry and must-have skills for future graduates.

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Amidst a changing landscape, the U.S. healthcare industry is a field that’s ripe for success and continued growth, three veteran executives advised a group of students enrolled in FIU’s School of Business Healthcare MBA program.

The December 12 panel featured Peter DeRobertis, principal, Life Sciences at executive search firm Korn/Ferry; Dave Schubert, assistant vice president of Talent Acquisition and Employee Development, Baptist Health South Florida; and Elizabeth Camarena, Chief Human Resource Officer, Palmetto General Hospital.

In order to achieve success, a series of key skills are must-haves. These include the ability to influence others and show results, authenticity and being able to listen to and care about a team; networking; and showcasing accomplishments. Leaders need to be strategic and be able to execute.

Approximately 30 students from FIU’s Healthcare MBA program attended the forum, which was held at the university’s Downtown on Brickell campus. The panel was moderated by John Nykolaiszyn, associate director with the College of Business’ Career Management Services.

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The $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare industry is currently undergoing a transformational phase, redefining itself to deliver healthcare that is safe, effective, and high in quality to adequate number of people at a sustainable cost.

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The three panel members discussed their views of the healthcare industry, opportunities and trends. Conversation extended into topics including leadership, staff development and diversity in the workplace.

Insights from the forum participants:

Dave Schubert, assistant vice president of Talent Acquisition and Employee Development, Baptist Health South Florida:

“There is a need for creativity to deal with some of the constraints inherent in healthcare. There will be changes as it relates to the new models of healthcare service delivery.”

Elizabeth Camarena
Elizabeth Camarena

Elizabeth Camarena, Chief Human Resource Officer, Palmetto General Hospital

“Healthcare is a dynamic and complex industry, you need to stay in touch with current trends because there is always a new regulation; the industry is constantly changing. I don’t manage HR functionally or organizationally similar to what I did five years ago.”

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