FBISD juniors explore leadership roles in medical community

Group photo of the Junior Student Leadership students with District representatives and the Life Flight crew.

Leadership in the Medical Community was the focus of session four of Fort Bend ISD’s Junior Student Leadership Program. Sponsored by FBISD Board Vice President, Patsy Taylor, the session gave participants the opportunity to receive detailed information regarding the daily operations of healthcare professionals from an area hospital and the school district.

The students welcomed speakers to the FBISD Administration Building Board Room for the morning session. Returning to meet with students again this year was Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa, Assistant Professor at UT Medical School, Department of Surgery, and graduate of Willowridge High School. He reminded students that leaders can choose to lead by size, knowledge, example, imitative, curiosity, persuasion, selfless service to charity or by seniority.

Following Dr. Bajwa was Greg Haralson, Chief Executive Officer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He spoke of the business aspect of the medical world and of how he balances his various leadership roles. “Good leaders have the ability to prioritize and cancel plans if needed,” he said.

Haralson also spoke of the value of forming positive relationships throughout your lifetime. “Continue to stay in touch with people you meet along the way, not just to support your career efforts, but so that you’re a better member of society,” he said.

After meeting with Haralson, the students took a trip to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital to meet with Life Flight crew members Kamil Zelezik (flight pilot), Josh Frazier (flight paramedic) and Richard Reeves (flight nurse). The crew shared details about their leadership responsibilities, challenges they face on the job and experiences that led them to their current positions. They also gave students a tour of their helicopter, explaining the equipment and safeguards they take during emergencies.

Upon their return to the FBISD Administration Building, the student leaders enjoyed lunch and then welcomed Dr. Bob Conlon, Director of FBISD’s Student Support Services. Dr. Conlon spoke of medicine in the school community and of his leadership role as the District’s top health official.

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