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Rotman MBA Students Win Yale Healthcare Services Innovation Case Competition.

March 2, 2023

Toronto – A team of students from the Morning & Evening MBA and Full-Time MBA programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management went to the Yale School of Management to participate in the Yale Healthcare Services Innovation Case Competition and returned to Toronto with the first-place prize.

The team of Shabdit Shah, ME MBA’24; David Guo, ME MBA’24; Priyanka Thakkar, ME MBA’25; and, Yu Wang, Full-Time MBA’23, won the flagship student-organized event focused on bringing innovation to healthcare delivery. The competition was held in-person on February 24 and presented in collaboration with the Business School Alliance for Healthcare Management (BAHM), of which the Rotman School is a member.

This year's case was to help a client, a U.S.-based healthcare services organization, solve a problem related to strategic planning, considering labour force challenges in the current healthcare climate and changes in payment models to the healthcare system. The Rotman MBA team was the only team participating from a Canadian business school and brought a unique perspective to their solution for the case.

The Rotman School is a leader in healthcare management research through its Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy within the University of Toronto, which provided support for the team in the competition. The School and the University also interact with Canada’s largest medical research hub, which is one of the ten largest healthcare and biomedical clusters in the world. The Rotman School currently offers an 18-month Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences, and a Fellow in Health Sector Management for students in the School’s Full-Time and Morning & Evening MBA programs. The Centre, in partnership with Rotman Executive Programs, is Canada’s leading academic provider of healthcare executive programs, which equip professionals with the knowledge and business skills to lead and manage their organizations effectively in a complex field that is constantly evolving.

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Ken McGuffin
Manager, Media Relations
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto