Thank you for
considering my application, I look forward to experiencing the program
first-hand.

I reckon that the union of my foundation as a dentist and care
provider, the years of experience in healthcare quality management and
extensive skills gained through working in corporate and large-scale healthcare
settings will favourably forward me in uplifting my ambitions to fruition.

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Embarking in MHI is the stride I need to take to bridge the knowledge
and experience I own with my sought future contributions.

As a previous dentist and healthcare director, I am passionate about
seeking out creative and sustainable changes in our healthcare system to better
the whole patient journey, addressing the clinical and the technical holdups in
the system. I want to dig deeper and gain the revolutionary knowledge regarding
the big data management and predictive modeling and analysis.  Overseeing the big picture to radiate its
effect on the day- to-day experience is one of my professional aspirations.

Besides the vigour and the apt professional knowledge base the
curriculum offers, I desire my learning experience to be active and hands-on; a
quality provided in the programme through the full-time practicum.  This suits my learning paradigm; that is working
through real health issues and putting pertinent theory into practice. The
practical understandings will open opportunities for me to serve as a health
informatics promoter and a change agent during the program and after earning
the degree.

All roads led me to the University of Toronto Master of Health
Informatics; the program is unique in filling a niche at the intersection of
the Canadian healthcare values and the brilliance of information technology.
From the program, I will equip myself with the renowned mentorship provided by
the program’s diversified faculty to broaden my horizons in addressing the
ever-changing health determinants’ bottlenecks.

I came to Canada by choice; I chose Canada because as much as it is
fully diversified, it relies on core values of fairness, opportunities, and
progressiveness; perspectives I so much desire for my children and their
grandchildren. Living in Toronto means that I am in the right mix of futuristic
forward-thinkers, policy-makers as well as outstanding culture, and the health
informatics opportunities are endless. 

My experience as Quality director encompassed consultation with
policymakers on healthcare quality realms as Patient safety, Clinical
governance, Key performance indicators, as well as inculcating the (Plan- Do-
Check- Act) across the healthcare value chain. 
Orchestrating educational seminars have been a stirring responsibility.
I relished in developing and disseminating information in evocative and germane
ways.

I delighted in working within a corporate health setting where I boned
up on organisational agility, cultural change, team effectiveness, and
capability building.  The whole
experience polished my leadership skills. 
This has been instrumental in my acceding role, as a Quality Director in
an extensive healthcare corporate.

Lucratively, I worked on a novel project that lasted two years based on
Mckinsey & Company “Health Maintenance Model”, its objective
entails health promotion, risk screening and disease prevention. It has been a
concrete application of my conceptual academics into an intense professional
experience. As an example, the process mapping and Business Process Model and
Notation helped out the IT team to deliver customized interfaces to the
integrated software leading to more employee engagement and patient experience
enhancement.

Additionally, the masters helped me develop functional teamwork skills,
as the case-based learning approach endorsed me to work with my peers and
renowned professors from different academic backgrounds.  This is an attitude that I have taken with me
in my career, as a healthcare business development manager, I incessantly
worked with colleagues, executives, and stakeholders across the management
hierarchy.

This sparked my interest in studying healthcare management.  The MSC of Hospital Management stood out to
me for plentiful reasons.  It helped me
cognise the complexity of health policies, the dynamics of quantitative
management, and introduced me to the role of information technology in
different Healthcare management applications and platforms.

As a dentist, I revelled in the clinical aspects of science, and it was
during working in public dental clinics in Egypt that I have become aware of
how pressing it is to obtain a harmonious flow of medical data along the
continuum of care. Every so often I had been challenged by specific contexts
that would affect my ability to improve my patients’ health. As the case with
the deficient system designs of electronic records that could imperil the
information integrity and consequently compromise the quality of care and
threaten the patient’s safety.

I hold a B.D.S and MSC in Hospital Logistics Management. I have earned
both degrees from Egypt with highest honours.

My name is Amira Abdelaziz. I hail from Cairo, Egypt and I am now a
proud Torontonian. Vis-à-vis my professional life, I have not taken what you
would call a “traditional” path.

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