Overview

Overview

The Cleveland Clinic Case Competition is designed to offer graduate level students in health administration the opportunity to apply their coursework to a real-world situation and develop recommendations to a team of executives at an internationally recognized health system. Participants are given a weekend to develop recommendations to be reviewed by a team of Cleveland Clinic physicians and administrators. Students from top masters programs across the country are invited to participate in the event.

2021 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to invite teams of three or four students to register by Friday, January 22nd at 5:00PM EST.

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Registration Eligibility & Prizes

Registration Eligibility & Prizes

2021 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

The event is designed to offer MHA, MPH, MHSA and MBA (healthcare focus) students the ability to translate academic concepts into solutions addressing an issue within one of the nation’s foremost healthcare organizations. This year’s case will be focused on a Cleveland Clinic enterprise strategic initiative.  All cases will be reviewed by Cleveland Clinic leaders, and the top 16 semi-finalist teams will be invited virtually to present their cases to a panel of executives. Each of the 4 presenting finalist teams will receive cash prizes and awards.

Details and competition rules will be forthcoming after registration is complete. Please note the following important items and dates:

  • Registration deadline: Friday, January 22 at 5:00 PM EST
    • Team Registration is free for all submissions (only 1 team member needs to register)
  • Eligibility:  MHA/MPH/MHSA or MBA students or students enrolled in equivalent graduate programs
    • Former Cleveland Clinic Interns may not register or participate
  • Case released: Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 PM EST
  • Case submissions returned: Monday, February 15 at 8:00 AM EST
  • Semi-finalists virtual presentation: Thursday, April 15 – Virtual Platform
  • Finalist virtual presentation: Friday, April 16 – Virtual Platform

Key items to note:

  • Registration is FREE for each 3-4 MHA/MPH/MBA student team for first round review
  • There is no limit on how many teams per school or program can register
  • Cash prizes are awarded to each of the four finalists
Benefits of Participating

Benefits of Participating

Exposure to Senior Leaders

Cleveland Clinic’s case competition affords students the ability to network, present, and receive feedback from senior leaders currently working and leading the field Leverage the unparalleled opportunity to network with highly-esteemed and multidisciplinary healthcare executives of a world-renowned health system. Our case competition is also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how health care leaders think and prioritize concerns as top health executives probe into your proposed solution during a Q&A session.

Networking

Healthcare is a small field, having connections from organizations students may not otherwise interact with is a huge asset. Not only does the case competition provide the opportunity to learn from other MBA and MHA students attending top ranked graduate programs across the nation, it also helps bolster an expansive professional network and cultivate lifelong professional and personal relationships.

Teamwork & Collaboration

Cleveland Clinic’s case competition provides the opportunity for students to apply classroom learnings to timely challenges facing the field while working in the team-based model that healthcare is today. Students learn to leverage the unique skill set and personality of a team in order to work towards a common goal.

The Competition

Practice makes perfect. Cleveland Clinic’s case competition will provide students the opportunity to practice presenting both your individual ideas and large amounts of information in a challenging environment which will better prepare you for success in your personal and professional leadership journey. Students will translate classroom concepts into feasible, innovative, and sustainable solutions for complex healthcare challenges faced in the real world while obtaining thorough and constructive feedback from industry experts across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise to further personal development and presentation style.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Through our case competition, students will gain exposure to Cleveland Clinic as an organization and as a fellowship program. We hope this visibility and opportunity to learn more will further expand interest in a career at Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic case competition is a great opportunity to gain insight into the operations of a top health system.

Career preparation

Our case competition offers the opportunity to make complex decisions based on limited information and practice moving forward in ambiguous situations. Students learn how to strategize and think through operationalizing initiatives taking into consideration limited resources.

2021 Case Competition

2021 Case Competition

We are pleased to share the results of the 8th Annual Cleveland Clinic Case Competition held this April, 2021. Graduate students from top MBA/MHA/MPH schools submitted cases in mid-February, and in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the top 16 teams were invited for a ‘live,’ virtual competition. This year’s case on creating recommendations for reactivating deferred colonoscopy care for the Cleveland Clinic, provided a robust educational experience for the students.

The teams presented their case recommendations to judges, representing groups including Strategy, Community Care and Clinical Operations. The top 4 teams presented to finalist judges: Gina Cronin, Chief Talent Officer at Cleveland Clinic; Jim Cotelingam, Interim Chief Strategy Officer at Cleveland Clinic; Shaun Ng, Managing Director, Operations, Risk & Investment Analytics at Cleveland Clinic; and Dr. Matthew Walsh, Chairman of General Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at Cleveland Clinic who also participated in a panel discussion and Q&A session, followed by announcements of the team awards.

Results are listed below.

Place Team Name Graduate Program Amount
First Trilium Cornell University $4,000
Second CareFull Strategy London Business School $2,000
Third Avant-Garde Health University of Southern California $1,000
Fourth Cut to the Case Trinity University $500
Previous Competition

Previous Competition

2020 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2020 Case Competition case focused on digital cardiac chronic disease management strategy recommendations for Cleveland Clinic. The teams presented their case recommendations to judges, representing groups including Strategy, Community Care and Regional Operations. The top 4 teams presented to finalist judges: Gina Cronin, Chief Talent Development Officer at Cleveland Clinic; Vivian Yu, Administrator, East Region Primary Care and Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Cleveland Clinic; and Jon Steiner, Director Business Development at Cleveland Clinic who also participated in a panel discussion and Q&A session, followed by announcements of the team awards.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. Trinity University
  2. Rush University
  3. Trinity University
  4. Saint Louis University

Executive Judges and Panel

  • Gina Cronin
  • Vivian Yu
  • Jon Steiner

2019 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2019 Case Competition case focused on the growth strategy recommendations for the Cleveland Clinic + Oscar Health product. The teams presented their case recommendations to 24 executive judges on Day 1 with an interactive session with Adrienne Boissy, MD, and a conversation and Q&A with Dr. Mihaljevic. The top 4 teams presented to finalist judges: Dennis Weaver, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Oscar Health, Josette Beran, Michael Harrington, William Peacock and Herbert Wiedemann, MD. The final judges along with, Karen Mihalik, also participated in a panel discussion and Q&A session, followed by announcements of the team awards.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of Michigan
  3. University of Minnesota
  4. University of California, Los Angeles

Executive Judges and Panel

  • Dennis Weaver, MD
  • Chief Medical Officer at Oscar Health
  • Josette Beran
  • Michael Harrington
  • William Peacock
  • Herbert Wiedemann, MD
  • Karen Mihalik

2018 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2018 Case Competition case focused on the Orthopaedic growth strategy and provided a great educational experience for the students. The teams presented their case recommendations to 24 executive judges, with an interactive innovations session with William Morris, MD, and a conversation with Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, CEO & President, to end the day.

The final 4 teams presented their case recommendations on Day 2 to executive judges: Murali Gangadharan, Jonathan Schaffer, MD, Lisa Yerian, MD, and James Young, MD. Dr. Schaffer gave an engaging presentation followed by a panel discussion with the Executive Judges and Rick Byers, prior to the announcements of the final 4 winners:

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. The Ohio State University
  2. The Ohio State University
  3. University of Michigan
  4. University of Minnesota

Executive Judges and Panel

  • Rick Byers
  • Murali Gangadharan
  • Jonathan Schaffer, MD
  • Lisa Yerian, MD
  • James Young, MD

2017 Case Competition

Case Overview

Our 4th Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition focused on the Southern Region Strategy and provided a great educational experience to students. Graduate students from top MBA/MHA schools submitted cases in mid-February, and the top 16 teams were invited for a ‘live’ on-site competition in April. The final 4 teams presented their case recommendations to executive judges: Ann Huston, Stephen Jones, MD, Brian Harte, MD, William Peacock and Jan Murphy. Drs. Jones and Harte gave a presentation on the case ‘solution’, followed by a panel discussion with all judges, moderated by Jan Murphy, prior to the announcements of the final 4 winners. Results are listed below along with the executive judges:

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. Rush University
  2. Trinity University
  3. George Washington University
  4. Kellogg School of Management
    Northwestern University

Executive Judges

  • Ann Huston, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Stephen Jones, MD, President, Regional Hospital & Family Health Centers
  • Brian Harte, MD, President, Akron General 
  • Janice Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations
  • William Peacock, Chief of Operations

2016 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 3rd annual Cleveland Clinic Case Competition was held Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, 2016. The case focused on our international strategy in London and required participants to use both quantitative and qualitative skills to develop a three-year market entry strategy for Cleveland Clinic London. Participants were given a weekend to develop recommendations through a written executive summary and PowerPoint. The team’s innovative recommendations ranged from developing research and education partnerships with the NHS to creating consumer-centric health kiosks for heart and cardiac screenings.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of California Los Angeles
  3. Kellogg School of Management
  4. Yale School of Public Health

Executive Judges

  • Ann Huston - Chief Strategy Officer
  • Steven Glass - Chief Financial Officer
  • Marc Harrison, MD – Chief of International Business Development
  • William Peacock – Chief of Operations

2015 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2015 case was centered on strategic growth of Cleveland Clinic Florida. The case required teams to use both quantitative and qualitative skills to develop a five-year growth plan for Florida in a highly competitive market. Teams were provided a dataset with detailed inpatient data for the Southeast Florida market as well as several accompanying sources of information pertaining to the region. Students were asked to focus their recommendations on overall positioning, service line growth, innovative affiliation models with payers, and alignment of a fragmented physician market.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of California Los Angeles
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  4. Ohio State University

2014 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2014 case focused on the strategy of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute (HVTI) in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Students were given detailed information and data on the Institute’s quality and patient experience metrics, virtual program offerings, as well as recent expansion initiatives. Each team was tasked with developing innovative strategies to grow HVTI’s patient network and a framework for the transition to value-based care. Students were also asked to articulate how Cleveland Clinic can use unique methods of direct patient outreach to build awareness of the HVTI affiliate network and care model.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Cornell

Past Participants

  • Baruch College, Zicklin School of Management
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia Business School
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
  • Florida International University
  • George Washington University
  • Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
  • New York University
  • New York University, Stern School of Business
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • Ohio State University
  • Rush University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas State University
  • Trinity University
  • Union Graduate College
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  • University of Missouri Columbia
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University
FAQs

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the deliverables that are required for submission?
A: Each team is required to submit the following deliverables:

  • Executive summary (2-3 pages inclusive of graphics and tables)
  • PowerPoint presentation

Q: Is there a limit to the number of slides for the presentation?
A: There is not a specified slide limit. However, the presentation should take no more than 15 minutes to present. Teams will be judged, in part, on professional and concise slides that are visually interesting. Teams may reference appendix slides in the presentation.

Q: Are teams permitted to discuss and receive input on the case from professors or other healthcare professionals?
A: Teams may not contact any employees of Cleveland Clinic Health System or its affiliates. In addition, participants may not consult with other healthcare professionals nor with professors.

Q: After the case is released, is there an opportunity to ask Cleveland Clinic clarifying questions regarding the content of the case?
A: Yes. Cleveland Clinic will hold a brief phone conference the morning after the case is released to answer any clarifying questions from participants. Questions should be emailed in advance of the call.

Q: What is the structure of the Semi-Final & Final round presentations?
A: Semi-Final & Final presentations are held over the course of 2 days, and they will both be virtual. All teams will have 15 minutes to give their presentations followed by up to 10 minutes of Q&A. On the first day, the 16 semi-finalist teams will present. After review, the top 4 teams will advance to the final presentation round, held on day two.

Q: Are teams allowed to modify their slide deck before the on-site presentation?
A: Teams are permitted to make slight modifications to their presentations but are not permitted to change the recommendations.

Q: Do teams need to have four members?
A: Each team must have 3-4 members. For teams advancing to on-site presentations, each team member must present.

Q: Can multiple teams from the same program or university participate?
A: Yes. There is no limit on the number of teams per program or university
Contact

Contact

Questions?

For questions regarding registration for the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition, please contact:

Melvonna Williams, MBA 
Case Competition
Cleveland Clinic - Health Education Campus
9501 Euclid Avenue, EC30
Cleveland, OH 44106
Email: [email protected]