Raymond Kao, a current student in the Master of Health Management (MHM) program, entered the program looking to further his experience in healthcare and assume progressively more challenging leadership roles in his field.
Raymond came into the program with a diverse professional background. He began his career as a registered physiotherapist, and worked his way into a management role at the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre. With the feeling that he would need to acquire further education to meet his career goals, he started his search for a program that would provide him with a respectable education and would allow him to continue working full-time and be involved in his family life. “As a father of two young children who works full time and commutes, attending in-person classes inside of normal school hours was not an option.” During his search, he discovered McMaster’s MHM program, which is offered part-time and online. “I chose McMaster because of its reputation as an exemplary post-secondary institution, particularly with respect to its healthcare-based programs.”
Already a couple of years into the program, Raymond really appreciates the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of students from different professions and geographical locations. “This aspect of the program truly broadens the learning experience to within and beyond one’s profession and location of practice,” said Raymond. “It helps to shed light on regional and provincial variations in health policy and practice.” Another feature of the program that Raymond values is the on-site residency periods. “The two on-site residency periods provide a refreshing complement to the virtual learning experience. By meeting face-to-face and having the opportunity to collaboratively work on presentations and problems, students are able to solidify the working relationships they have developed on-line with other classmates.”
With the mindset of a lifelong learner, Raymond is looking forward for what’s to come, and is ready to utilize his MHM degree to migrate up the formal leadership ladder.