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The Future of Healthcare: “We need to help more people become doctors and nurses” with Theresa Siaw, CEO of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program

I believe we need to help more people become doctors and nurses. We are predicted to experience a doctor shortage, and there is already a nursing shortage. I think we could offer schooling at a younger age, and different programming to help push this field. This is the whole purpose of the OMNI Medical Student […]

I believe we need to help more people become doctors and nurses. We are predicted to experience a doctor shortage, and there is already a nursing shortage. I think we could offer schooling at a younger age, and different programming to help push this field. This is the whole purpose of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program.


Asa part of my interview series with leaders in healthcare, I had the pleasure to interview Theresa Siaw, is the CEO of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program located in Chicago Illinois. Theresa enjoys giving back to her community in Chicago and currently is the President of the non-profit, Bootsrap Villages as well. Here main mission in life is to help others! To learn more about her, you can go to: www.omnimedicalstudenttraining.com


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was actually working in marketing and became very interested in working in the medical field, which is what led me to San Pablo Medical Center. I worked there for nearly four years, and truly enjoyed the medical field and building clinics.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?

The most interesting thing has been how many students we have been able to help gain jobs through the OMNI Medical Student Training Program. (Sam to insert stat)

Can you tell our readers a bit about why you are an authority in the healthcare field?

I am an authority as I have been in the medical industry for nearly a decade and I truly enjoy it. I believe that I understand what the doctors have to go through in terms of their residency, testing, and making it as a doctor. I feel as though I can be an excellent resource for any doctor looking to find a job.

What makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

The OMNI Medical Student Training Program, is all about helping others and I feel as though we take that extra step and help students find housing an get used to Chicago winters!

Can you share with our readers about the innovations that you are bringing to and/or see in the healthcare industry? How do you envision that this might disrupt the status quo? Which “pain point” is this trying to address?

I believe that technology is very important in the field of medicine. I am seeing technology across the board as a huge factor to the success of hospitals. They use it for everything from surgeries to the billing department, ensuring that all files are now becoming digital. Healthcare will start to be accessible at the touch of a fingertip very soon. It is trying to address the ability to perform surgeries more accurately and ensure that all filing systems are up to date. This also allows for medical files to be easily transferred to referral doctors and to other hospitals.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why.

I wish somebody would have told me:

That you cannot help everybody: I always want to help all of our students, but each student does have to have certain test scores to get into our program, it is important that everyone is up to par. We do not bend the rules for anyone.

You need to stand your ground: I have created many contracts for different hospitals, and many times people want you to bend your boundaries or rules for them, every time you do this, you hurt yourself.

You need to only work with others who are as passionate as yourself. I have found that you can only work with others who are truly as passionate as you. This just makes life simple as when you are working with a team who is truly on the same page, magic can happen.

Knowledge and reading are power: I did not know everything when I started out but it is important that you read as much as you can and network. This is truly powerful.

You can change the world, one person at a time: You can have big ideas and lose track of your vision. Remember the goal it to help one person at a time. It is much simpler and feasible this way.

Let’s jump to the main focus of our interview. According to this study cited by Newsweek, the US healthcare system is ranked as the worst among high income nations. This seems shocking. Can you share with us 3–5 reasons why you think the US is ranked so poorly?

I believe that there are different rules and regulations in other countries and it takes longer to get things approved in the U.S. This does not mean that we should be ranked this way though. I would say that there is confusion in regulations in other countries versus here. They have more advanced technology, and there are advancements in other countries that we are unaware of in the U.S.

You are a “healthcare insider”. Can you share 5 changes that need to be made to improve the overall US healthcare system? Please share a story or example for each.

I believe we need to help more people become doctors and nurses. We are predicted to experience a doctor shortage, and there is already a nursing shortage. I think we could offer schooling at a younger age, and different programming to help push this field. This is the whole purpose of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program.

I think we do need to get up to speed with the technology that is offered in other countries. We are not as able to afford these technologies for hospitals in the U.S. I have seen patients transferred to other hospitals due to this issue and then you are losing time to save that person’s life in each instance.

I believe that everybody needs to have a regular physician so they can catch diseases or cancer early. My mother did die of breast cancer, and this is due to not being checked out as frequently as needed.

I also believe that we spend more than any other country, and we need to create more affordable options for health insurance. I have seen many people lose their life over not having the right care due to health insurance issues.

We also need to pay our doctors for their quality of care. I have seen some doctors not receive the money that they truly deserve.

Thank you! It’s great to suggest changes, but what specific steps would need to be taken to implement your ideas? What can individuals, corporations, communities and leaders do to help?

I believe that local government needs to work more closely with state government to get policies approved and technology approved as well as funding for the technology.

What are your favorite books, podcasts, or resources that inspire you to be a better healthcare leader? Can you explain why you like them?

I knew a Woman: Four Women Patients and Their Female Caregiver by: Courtney Davis as it is a compelling story and shares the life through the lens of real women who go through real life issues, such as pregnancy, and more!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Your readers can follow me on social at:

Instagram: @theresasiaw

Facebook: @tkschicago

Thank you so much for these insights! This was so inspiring!

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