Ultimate Medical Academy was proud to sponsor and participate in last week’s 2019 Synapse Summit, which celebrated the Tampa Bay area’s and Florida’s strong growth in the areas of innovation and technology.
UMA had an opportunity to build relationships and share our quarter century history of helping to change lives for the better through higher education while also helping to fill the healthcare talent pipeline. We were pleased to join the 334 exhibiting companies, 415 speakers, 111 breakout sessions, and 5,542 Synapse attendees during two packed days on Jan. 23 and 24 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
We were honored to be introduced at the opening session by incoming Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Jamie Harden, where we debuted UMA’s People video, to have meaningful conversations at our exhibit table, and to participate in several breakout sessions.
The People video highlights how UMA is actively working to meet the challenge of filling healthcare occupations, which according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average of all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.
It notes how UMA recognizes that people are essential to meeting America’s urgent need for competent, compassionate healthcare workers. And how at UMA we are innovators in training people for healthcare careers while partnering with key business allies to develop highly skilled employees.
Our agile technology delivers immersive education online, and on campus real world experience bridges theory and practice. And our continuing medical education for physicians and other professional healthcare providers uses advanced technologies to help them improve their practice.
Fueling the Talent Pipeline in Healthcare and Cybersecurity
I was pleased to participate on a panel moderated by Dan Rodriguez, President of NextPath Career Partners that discussed Fueling the Talent Pipeline in Healthcare and Cybersecurity. The panel also included Colin O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of ReliaQuest.
Asked about the accelerating growth of the healthcare industry and how UMA factors into it, I noted that with people living longer and with 10,000 members of the baby boom generation turning 65 every day through 2030, we as a nation have a greater demand for and are spending more on healthcare services. Healthcare is the largest part of the economy and has become the largest source of employment in the country, and it should be like that for at least the next couple decades.
To help fill the needs of this growing industry, it is important that UMA continues to fulfill our mission to equip and empower students to excel in healthcare careers.
As the People video notes, if one person can make a change for good, think what 2,000 of our employees are doing in the Tampa Bay area and all across America where tens of thousands of our alumni are changing the lives of patients in homes and hospitals, clinics and companies, in your neighborhood, and perhaps in your own family.
Committed to Diversity and Inclusion
I also pointed out how UMA recognizes that we have to fill our own pipeline of healthcare education faculty and staff, and we do that best by being committed to diversity and inclusion and hiring, retaining, and developing team members with unique talents and backgrounds. We have a tremendously diverse student base that really represents America, and it is important that our board of directors, administration, and faculty and staff reflects that diversity.
Our healthcare employer partners in the Tampa Bay area and across the nation are putting an emphasis on employees with diverse skillsets. And UMA is helping to develop students with technical, soft, and cognitive skills that help meet the high expectations of these employers.
We all know that healthcare is a good place to grow a career, but it requires a lot of effort to keep up with the changing environment.
To stay on top of these changes, UMA has advisory boards that meet regularly to offer feedback on our curriculum, and our Career Services team talks to employers throughout the country about the new trends they are seeing.
Plenty of Opportunity
The growth of the healthcare industry has coincided with growth at UMA, and our institution’s expansion has given team members a chance to advance in their jobs and take on new roles. UMA is not a static organization, and we will continue to foster opportunities for our talented team members.
There are plenty of business opportunities available in Florida, and thanks to this extremely welcoming business community, UMA is in a great position to make a difference.
At UMA, contributing in other ways to the local community is also a priority. We had more than 700 walkers at the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Tampa, the top team, and our commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters has resulted in a fulfilling partnership for both parties.
We are Ultimate Medical Academy and we are people doing vital work at the heart of healthcare, in the Tampa Bay area, and across America.
Derek Apanovitch, President
Ultimate Medical Academy
January 31, 2019