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Samuel Merritt University President Profiled in National Magazine

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) President Sharon Diaz was interviewed by editorial manager Brian Salgado of Inside Healthcare Magazine that recently appeared in the March 2012 issue.  The magazine is a national publication that is available online and in print.  It features the latest in healthcare trends, technology, management, best practices, and finance/legal topics.  The publication also features best practices from top healthcare executives like President Diaz, "who regularly take the pulse of their organizations and prescribe what's needed for continued success, improvement and growth," explains Salgado.

The publication gives President Diaz an opportunity to promote the reputation and value of the University toward a goal of increasing recognition and exposure in the national media environment.  In the issue, the President provides a brief history of the school, talks about what sets SMU apart from other institutions of higher education, and describes how the education of the University benefits students.  She speaks about the importance of accessibility and affordability of a good education, and how the University strives to educate students aspiring to become high quality healthcare practitioners. 

SMU offers degree programs in a variety of fields -nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatric medicine and physician assistant - where graduates will become a part of the complex and diverse workforce for improving patient care in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

"Our country is becoming more diverse, so the population deserves to have a healthcare work force that looks more like the population does," she says. "It makes a difference to have someone that understands you in a more fundamental way." 

President Diaz expands on the University's strategy to add a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) program in 2014 as the latest in degree offerings.

"There are a number of people trying it, and we happen to think we're very well equipped to do it," she says. "It fits beautifully with all our other programs, and it addresses a great need."

In the article President Diaz speaks candidly about the importance of hiring and supporting great faculty and staff, and how SMU is being recognized globally as a model of innovation in higher education through the use of simulation.

"For us, it's always about how we shape our classes," Diaz says. "When you strengthen quality, you provide richer educational opportunities for students and increase the kind of experiences that students have."

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Samuel Merritt University President Sharon Diaz