It was an honor to participate in the RBHS Academic Leadership Program. Much of what we learned both clarified and solidified processes that were part of operations in our areas but at the same time put a new perspective on the how and why of those operations. Little did we know when we started the ALP how much of what we learned we would have the opportunity to put into actionable plans as our administrative roles rapidly shifted to meet the demands of our new COVID environment. The connections and contacts made during the program were invaluable and I know will continue to help grow not just my department but will provide a solid matrix to continue to move RBHS and Rutgers forward in our collective pursuit of excellence.
Nancy Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
Vice Chair Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences
Professor and Program Director, DPT Programs
School of Health Professions
ALP was a fantastic opportunity for intra- and interprofessional networking. My relationships with folks I knew got stronger and a whole new world opened for collaborations that I never would have guessed would materialize during the COVID pandemic. The networking was subtle: evenings spent throughout a year examining leadership and building relationships.
Noa’a Shimoni MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine
New Jersey Medical School
I have always been interested in learning about leadership and how others approach different challenges from the leadership perspective. When the Dean of my school mentioned this opportunity, immediately, I jumped in. The ALP-RBHS provided me the opportunity not only to learn from other leaders at RBHS but also to develop meaningful collaborations. The program impact of the program is that it helped me to “see” beyond my school. In our day-to-day work, we are so concentrated on finding solutions while missing an entire and diverse resourceful community that is RBHS. Currently, I can say that I have been collaborating with many of my cohort mates on various projects. I learned ways to understand the institution from the leadership perspective and the participants. Most importantly, through my group project, I realized that there are others with the same concerns and vision that are ready to make a difference. I would definitely recommend the ALP-RBHS program and I will encourage others interested in making a difference at RBHS to explore their leadership potential. My advice to those interested in participating would be to come with an open mind to learn and to contribute. You’ll be surprised at how many colleagues are out there that are willing to collaborate with you.
Herminio Perez, DMD MBA
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
School of Dental Medicine