Spring 2017 Newsletter ♦ Quarterly Update on our 2016 Scholarship Recipients

By Thao TranChair, Academic Alliance Committee

Students are connected through stories. Because SoCal HIMSS select these exceptional students to receive the honor of winning the chapter scholarships, I have asked each student to provide updates on their progress. This will give a current perspective to those prospective students who are considering a career in health IT or uncertain on how to assist with SoCal HIMSS.

Gina A. Hernandez, BSN, RN

I am in my final semester and plan to graduate from the University of San Diego (USD) in May 2017 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Informatics. In hindsight it has been a quick two years filled with opportunity. I am currently the Graduate Student Council Representative and Graduate Health Informatics Representative. Between school and full time work as a Registered Nurse, I was able to organize a SoCal HIMSS Career Roundtable held at USD in November of 2016 with over 40 in attendance. The event was a huge success and students were grateful and impressed with the caliber of presenters. I personally use the SoCal HIMSS website to stay up to date with conferences and other information relating to informatics practices and I especially like the webinars! I am the primary breadwinner in my family and the scholarship was a huge blessing as it helped to offset the cost of tuition. I am truly grateful for all that HIMSS has to offer and encourage other students to join SoCal HIMSS; at the very least just for the webinars and Career Roundtable with subject matter experts! My plans after graduation include continuing my membership to maximize SoCal HIMSS opportunities and passing the CAHIMSS exam.

Andrew Do, MPH

After graduating from the UCLA MPH program, Andrew continued his consulting role at Kaiser Permanente as the departmental supervisor, working on innovative projects such as “front office of the future” where patients can check in for appointments via kiosks and tablets, avoiding long lines during peak hours of operation, allowing staff more time to service patients who have questions or complex service issues. Andrew is using his scholarship to further his skillsets by completing his Project Management Professional certification. Recently Andrew attended a professional development workshop at his alma mater with HIMSS member and past scholarship recipient Stephen Lee to speak to students about opportunities to get involved with HIMSS.

Olivia Ng, PharmD

In October 2016, Olivia accepted a position as a clinical informatics pharmacist at Doctors Hospital of Manteca (Tenet facility). DHM is a small, but progressive hospital with supportive staff and leadership. She feels lucky to work with those that will help her career grow.

Although Olivia had to move from San Diego, she will be closer to her family in the Central Valley. She will complete her remaining classes via online with the University of San Diego and graduate with a Masters of Healthcare Informatics degree the Fall of 2017.

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