I knew then that IHPME would be the springboard I needed to accelerate my growth as a leader and help me achieve my professional goals.
Sara Siddiqui was initially drawn to IHPME’s MHSc program because of the emphasis on developing leadership competencies through a mix of in-class learning and on-the-job training.
“I knew then that IHPME would be the springboard I needed to accelerate my growth as a leader and help me achieve my professional goals,” says Siddiqui.
The MHSc curriculum is designed to reflect the latest innovations in health administration and builds capacity in systems-level problem solving and strategic thinking. Siddiqui shares these learnings are critical to becoming an effective leader while navigating the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.
“The program helped me hone in on my strategic and political acumen and enabled me to seek more senior roles that require the ability to see relationships, interconnections, and the various interests at play for any given issue,” says Siddiqui. “Having the tools and techniques to think broadly about health system shifts and trends has been a key asset in advancing in my career.”
According to Siddiqui, the breadth of subjects and learning opportunities provided throughout the program are one of the most valuable experiences for students. There are opportunities to learn from active health system leaders and changemakers in the field who share insights and lessons learned reflective of professional practice. These learnings paired with the ability to connect with invited speakers, expert faculty, and peers allow students to build meaningful relationships across the healthcare system.
“These relationships and networks enable a culture of continuous growth and learning that extends well beyond the program,” says Siddiqui.
Currently, Siddiqui is a Team Lead in the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, overseeing the Province’s long-term care home development policies and capacity planning.
“The impact of the program goes well beyond the classroom and the friends you make and experiences you have will stay with you for a long time,” says Siddiqui. “I wholeheartedly recommend the program to anyone considering it!”