Breaking Barriers in Healthcare: Baylor University MBA Student Secures First Place in Essay Contest

March 28, 2024
Big Ideas ACHE 2024 Congress winner

Mariam Fawzy Eid, enrolled in the healthcare specialization of Baylor University’s MBA program, recently took home the top prize in the prestigious Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition. Her submission presented novel ways to utilize artificial intelligence in electronic health records to mitigate physician burnout. This is the first time a Baylor student has won the competition since 2005. 

“This award symbolizes far more than personal achievement,” Eid said. “It represents the unwavering dedication and relentless pursuit of excellence that has characterized my academic path.” 

The Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition was named after Richard J. Stull, the American College of Healthcare executive president from 1965-1978. The competition was created to stimulate and highlight future healthcare executives’ ability to identify and describe prominent issues and developments in their chosen profession. 

Eid received her award and $3,000 prize at the 2024 Congress on Healthcare Leadership during the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon on March 27 in Chicago. Prior to the luncheon, she and the finalists gave presentations based on their essays. Her entry, “Utilizing Artificial Intelligence in Electronic Health Records to Mitigate Physician Burnout: A Roadmap to AI Integration into the EHR,” will also be published in a future issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management

“It is an honor for Mariam to receive this award since the top essays from graduate health management programs across the country were considered,” Forest Kim, executive director and clinical associate professor at the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, said. “We're very proud of her accomplishment and thankful for the acknowledgment that she and the program will receive through this national award.” 

Eid plans to enroll in dental school following her time at Baylor and has already received acceptance letters from several schools, including the University of Pennsylvania and Texas A&M University, which typically only accepts one international student a year. Eid is from Egypt.

“Ultimately, my career aspirations are not just about practicing dentistry, but leading a transformative movement in oral healthcare,” Eid said. “By bridging gaps, challenging disparities and building resilient communities, I aspire to create a lasting impact that transcends borders and improves my patients’ lives.”  

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