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Students tackle healthcare challenge in Rotman/Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies case competition

February 14, 2013

TORONTO, ON – Teams of students gathered at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on February 6 for the annual healthcare case competition organized by the School’s Healthcare & Biotechnology Association, an MBA student group. The competition, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies, attracted participants from the Rotman School’s Full Time, Morning and Evening MBA programs, MBA students from York University’s Schulich School of Business as well as students from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and other graduate students from U of T.

During the day-long competition the student teams were required to recommend a comprehensive strategy to solve a real-time business challenge facing Canada’s evolving healthcare system in front of panels of senior leaders from the healthcare industry, government, as well as Rotman School faculty.

Placing first in the competition was a team from U of T’s Faculty of Medicine. Cale Zavitz, Justin Hall, Amin Bahubeshi and Sabrina Nurmohamed are all from the MD Class of 2015 who are also enrolled in the Faculty’s Leadership Education and Development program which sets the standard for leadership education and development for medical students by drawing on resources within U of T. In addition to their medical studies, students take courses in health management and leadership as well as public policy at the Rotman School, the Institute of Policy Management and Evaluation and the School of Public Policy and Governance.

A team from the Rotman Full Time MBA program, with students Anton Blagov, Juliane Novak, Chetak Shah and Alex Yeo, all from the Class of 2014, placed second.

“Health care represents a huge and growing sector in all industrialized economies and is representative of the service and knowledge-oriented focus of the 21st century economy. However, the sector has significant management challenges that have not been adequately addressed.” says Jacqui Stone, MBA’13, President, Rotman Healthcare & Biotechnology Association. “By organizing this case competition, we’re hoping to make our own contribution to addressing some of these challenges.”

“Rethinking the management of health care continues to be a critical priority requiring diverse thinking and a highly collaborative approach”, said Paul Bradley, Vice-President, Strategic Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies Canada. “We believe that creating an opportunity for emerging leaders to contribute innovative approaches to this complex challenge is an important exercise with valuable outcomes.”

In addition to the Healthcare & Biotechnology Association, an MBA student group, the Rotman School offers a Major in Health Sector Management in the MBA program, varied Executive Programs for health-care professionals, and a world-class research institute, the Centre for Health Sector Strategy, headed by Professor Brian Golden.

A division of Johnson & Johnson Inc., Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies markets medical devices and diagnostic solutions for use by health-care professionals and hospitals in Canada.  Our products include medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures, devices for women’s health, infection prevention and control, cardiovascular and neurovascular diagnostics and treatment, breast implants for augmentation and reconstruction and surgical sinus treatment.

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world’s most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions.  The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.

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