Leadership in the medical community was the focus of the most recent day-long seminar offered to Fort Bend ISD’s Junior Student Leadership Program participants. The seminars are held to introduce leadership students to the various roles in community leadership and service. FBISD Board Member, Cynthia L. Gary, sponsored the seminar and joined the leadership class as they toured Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.
The students first learned about a physician’s role in the community from Willowridge High School graduate, Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical School, Department of Surgery. He reminded the students that there are leadership structures in all aspects of life. “Whether it’s within a family, your circle of friends or a school organization, a leadership structure exists in all areas of life,” said Dr. Bajwa. “After high school, look for opportunities to become a leader at your college, within your community and in your chosen field.”
Jim Brown, Chief Executive Officer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, also provided an overview of his leadership role as a hospital administrator. Brown describes himself as a “professional facilitator,” who ensures that the needs of hospital staff are met. He advised students to “avoid focusing on an organization’s brand and align yourself with potential colleagues you can trust.” He went on to say how fortunate he has been to work with exceptional people with strong values, which has made his work experience more meaningful.
Following Brown’s remarks, the students were led on a tour of the hospital by Karen Chitty-Boe, Director of Marketing at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.
“I enjoyed meeting the doctor and other hospital staff and receiving details about their leadership roles and experiences in the medical world,” said Kristen Mynes, junior at Ridge Point High School. “The presentations were very insightful.”
“I was really impressed with how knowledgeable and inquisitive the students were during the seminar,” said Cynthia L. Gary. “The speakers provided them with valuable information that they can use as they seek out leadership roles during their lifetimes. I’m sure the students will share the information they received with other students on their individual campuses.”
Following their visit to the hospital, students took part in a discussion on “Medicine in the School Community,” led by Dr. Bob Conlon, Director of FBISD’s Student Support Services. Dr. Conlon explained his leadership role in the District and gave details regarding the services and resources (such as crisis response teams, developmental guidance, diversity education and school health services) provided by his staff to students and employees.