My name is Stefan and at this moment of writing I just turned 23 years old. I’m a second-year master student enrolled in the IEM program, within the Healthcare Technology and Management specialization.
A few years ago, I started my three-year bachelor’s program Health Sciences, in the beautiful city of Enschede. After graduating with my bachelor thesis about optimizing the use of eHealth within chronic diabetes patients, I was interested in doing a comparable master with the focus in optimizing and improving healthcare processes. After doing some research on which programs of this topic are offered by the UT and other universities within the country, I found this interesting combination between a more technical perspective in solving problems and optimizing processes and the dynamic sector of healthcare. After visiting the Master Open Days, the opportunity was there to start the premaster program nearly two years ago.
The main objective of this Healthcare Technology and Management track is highlighting the role of management in healthcare. Roughly speaking, it can be divided into two categories which include the entrepreneurship in technological innovation and healthcare logistics.
Regarding this first topic, there can be thought of the development and implementation of healthcare technology by the biomedical industry. For example, the first quartile of this year I started with a course named Methods of Early Health Technology Assessment, where for example health-economic modelling and the relevance of multidisciplinarity within this interesting sector was used for grounded healthcare decision making. In addition to this topic, courses like eHealth Strategies were offered in the first year.
Second, the part of the healthcare logistics I experience to be very interesting as well. Many courses will contribute to the knowledge of optimizing healthcare processes, where courses like Discrete Optimization of Business Processes (DOBP) and Simulation fit perfectly together to improve many, many different situations in especially hospitals, where all characteristics of healthcare come together.
How do you experience doing this HCTM program and how does a week for you look like as a master student?
Most of the courses are very interesting and have a useful overlap in the objectives that will be taught. Besides, the most interesting characteristic of this master program is the flexibility within the program, which simultaneously symbolizes the environment of studying on the UT. A relatively big part of the program is considered as elective, where a lot of possibilities are there to choose courses based on own interests. You can choose for studying a semester abroad as well, where the IEM department has a lot of connections with other universities.
And as said before, life and studying on campus is very flexible, where the number of students and teacher is certainly not too high. This results in an open communication between everyone, where it is often possible to just step by teachers for questions where they even got time for you to for example explain.
Aside from studying, developing yourself as a human being can be very important, where the UT offers a lot of opportunities to do so. After working at the Student Services for two years, I’m now working for a company called Kennispark Twente, settled at the campus of the UT. One of the purposes of this organization is to create awareness amongst as much as possible students about entrepreneurship and related opportunities during their study period in Enschede, and offer them support with starting their own business. And last but not least, I’m a student-assistant at a course within the IEM program called Data Science, where I support fellow students during practical sessions with completing their assignments and project.
An important thing to add is that studying at the University of Twente is quite an awesome experience, where you automatically learn from and take over this flexible environment of the campus life. And because of this characteristic, it’s still possible for me to keep doing things apart from studying and all other activities. Three times a week I play the traditional Dutch sport called Korfbal, make some music with playing the piano and see and go out with friends as much as I can!