The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and Its Role in Advancing the Quality of Healthcare Management Education

A little background on my relationship with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

In early September, 1972, just two weeks after finishing graduate school at the UNC School of Public Health, I was teaching my first class, at 6PM, as a junior Assistant Professor in the Baruch/ Mount Sinai Graduate Program in Health Care Administration, a program that had just been accredited by ACEHSA, the forerunner of CAHME
About ten minutes into the class a student fell asleep right in front of me (they all had fulltime jobs). We had seating charts back then and I asked Mr. Silverman to wake up Mr. Freedman, Mr. Silverman replied “Professor Metsch, you put him to sleep, you wake him up.” In 1975 I moved on to my first healthcare administration position.

Fast forward to 2012, 35+ years later.  After serving as President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center/ LibertyHealth for seventeen years I was invited to return to the now Baruch Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration Program as an Adjunct Professor. Coincidentally I had just also started teaching in the MPA and MPH programs at Rutgers Newark.

Health Care Management education has evolved due in large part to CAHME accreditation, a peer-reviewed process which focuses, for example, on course content, competencies, and student feedback. CAHME accreditation gave us a template to make sure the program really added value for the students and prepared them to succeed in health care organizations. I invite you to learn more about CAHME at

I decided to use the Case Study method in my course, “Project Management, The Hardest Part about Getting Started… Getting Started.” Cases from my time as a CEO, Harvard case studies, and cases presented by “Visiting” Professors were presented by my students from 1972-1975 who were now C-level executives.

We focused on Complex Problems. “Every major project (worth doing) is unique! So there is no “magic bullet” Project Management template. However, one way of starting any project is by reaching a consensus on ‘anchor concepts’ which can serve to keep the project on track.”

And I started to use Blackboard for course material. Using two different Blackboards at Baruch and Rutgers was cumbersome so I developed one web site instead. When I finished teaching for four years the web site evolved into Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands?™  highlight and click on

I have opened up DOCTOR’s case study content as “quick cases” for classroom exercises, ongoing tracking of a policy issue like TrumpCare, and student project templates.

DOCTOR welcomes the participation of faculty from CAHME accredited programs by submitting case studies and commentaries to include in the open portfolio. Just send them to

I look forward to hearing from my CAHME faculty colleagues.



Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H.
Adjunct Professor, Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.
Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Adjunct Professor, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration & Rutgers School of Public Health

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