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About ACHE of South Florida Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition:

ACHE of South Florida, the regional chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE), has an annual Student Case Competition. These competitions feature various student teams, both in undergraduate and masters level, representing local universities who present a case study. These universities are members of the ACHE Higher Education Network. The student teams are partnered with and mentored by C-Suite executives from various healthcare organizations. This format was designated a best practice by both ACHE and the Association of University Public Health Administration (AUPHA). 

The student teams are then judged by a panel of C-Suite individuals, which gives them an opportunity to garner further exposure to this level of executives. The event is held every spring and has been held every year since 2002. The topic changes each year to reflect the latest issues/challenges in our healthcare industry and this year the focus is Business Development. The teams are awarded a First, Second and Third Place for the presentations and there is a monetary prize given to the universities. The students will have the opportunity to attend a related career development educational event where the winners are announced. Winners are also invited to the ACHE of South Florida Annual Installation dinner the following year.

The most recent Case Competition was held on April 12, 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale. You can read the full story about that event as well as the subsequent Awards Ceremony HERE>>

Mark Your Calendar

 As we continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on our local community and healthcare providers, we have made the decision to postpone chapter events in April, including the Annual Student Case Competition, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday April 18th, 2020.

We remain committed to providing educational events to our members and are working on a plan to ensure that events cancelled will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

 We appreciate your understanding.



For More Information, Please Contact: Mari Pantoja-Smith, MSN-RN @ mari_pantoja-smith@mednax.com 

2019 Case Competition Results:


1st Place - Florida International University Healthcare MBA

2nd Place - Florida Atlantic University Health Administration

3rd Place - Barry University Health Services Administration & Public Health

First Runner-Up - University of Miami Health Management and Policy


1st Place - University of Miami Health Management and Policy

2nd Place - Keiser University Health Service Administration

3rd Place - Florida Atlantic University, Health Administration

2018 Case Competition Results:


1st Place - Florida International University

2nd Place - Barry University


1st Place - University of Miami

2nd Place - Indian River State College

3rd Place - Florida International University

4th Place - Florida Atlantic University

Past Participant Commentary:

"The student case competition exposed the team to priceless hands-on experience in developing a healthcare business proposal by exploring various healthcare insurance payment models" - Germa Clarke, FIU, BHSA

"The 2016 case competition was more than a contest. It was the opportunity to develop long lasting relationships with fellow students and collaborate with afflunet executives; an experience that has helped launch my career into the health administrative field" - Tarah Scott, FAU, BHA

"A great way to put your skills to test, build relationships, and expand your knowledge of real healthcare needs."- Orlando Soto, FIU, HCMBA

"The case competition taught me on how to challenge myself. I also learned the true experience of networking and mentorship with those who have been in the healthcare field for some time" - Sasha Paleaz, FIU, BHSA

"A great learning experience overall. You are forced to learn a lot yourself in the build up, and learn a lot from other students presenting, mentors, professors, the judges, and the professionals themselves. The connections and networking did not really help me, I live far north and most of them are based in Broward. However the learning is tremendous, it puts you ahead of the rest, and it looks great on the resume" - Hussein Dawad, FAU, BHA

2016 Participants:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


FAU- 1st Place 

Bryanna Conner, Sandy Jeudy, Kamela Sanichara, Sebastien Antoine, Hussein Dawad, Mellanie Turquia

FIU- 2nd Place

Xavier Beckles, Tyler Friedman, Sasha Peleaz


FIU 1st Place

Annette Alexis, Germa Clarke, Maureen Lillis, Julia Martinez, Orlando Soto                                                                                                

FAU- 2nd Place

Anthony Mecca, Tarah Scott, Jonathan Shaw, Shelby Tice, John Woodward

Barry University- 3rd Place

Abdulrahman Alsaeed, Andrea Barton, Nadine Chammout, Vishkarma Deonarine, Idell Gayman, Amit Parmar

See press clippings from prior events:

SFHEF Case Competition Highlights Students’ Skill Sets

July 8, 2018 | Vanessa Orr | South Florida Hospital News


FIU HCMBA team takes top honors in South Florida healthcare challenge

May 4, 2016 | Karen-Janine Cohen | BizNews - The official news source for FIU’s College of Business


Graduate Health Service Administration students earn first place during annual student case competition

May 13, 2015 | Barry.edu


FAU's Health Administration Degree Programs Place in Healthcare Case Competition

May 28, 2013 | Palm Beach County BDB News



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