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UNC Students Win in Two Case Competitions

During the weekend of April 18-19, the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, which has fielded a number of winning case management teams over the last decade, did it again – twice.

In both instances, the students felt the competitions were important enough that they used their own funding to travel and participate in the events.


[Photo: (At left): Shown left to right are Mr. Jake Petralia, Mr. Casey Scully, Ms. Gina Cronin (1991 MHA Gillings School alumna, now administrator for the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute), Ms. Ashley Rader and Mr. George Kernodle, second-place winners at the Cleveland Clinic competition.]  (At right): Left to right are Dr. Kelly Scolaro (team adviser from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy), Ms. Samantha Cooperstein, Ms. Courtney Canter (UNC School of Medicine), Ms. Lesley Peters (UNC School of Nursing) and Wen Lin (MHA/MBA student), winners of the University of Minnesota’s Clarion Case Competition.]

Top-ranked team members included Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) students Mr. George Kernodle, Mr. Jake Petralia, Ms. Ashley Rader, and Mr. Casey Scully, who placed second at the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition, and Ms. Samantha (Sammy) Cooperstein and Mr. Wen Lin, members of an interdisciplinary health affairs team from UNC-Chapel Hill, who claimed first prize at the Clarion National Case Competition,  hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Case competitions provide an opportunity for students to refine skills learned in the classroom. Student teams research a real-life health-care challenge, develop a solution and present their case to a group of judges who work in health care and health-care administration. The Gillings School’s health policy and management department fully sponsors students in two national competitions each year – at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and through the National Association of Health Services Executives.

Last year, a Gillings School team won first prize at the Cleveland Clinic competition.

Mr. George Kernodle, a member of this year’s second-place team, said he saw the Cleveland Clinic competition as a rare opportunity.

“Cleveland Clinic has a reputation for being a leading innovator in health care,” Mr. Kernodle said. “It was exciting to help mold the strategy of one of the most prestigious health-care providers in the U.S. by presenting our ideas about the future direction of their Florida hospital.”

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