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Muhammad Maaz

Muhammad Maaz awarded Best Student Presentation at ACEA Conference

Muhammad Maaz's presentation, titled "Analysis of Occupancy Rates in Hospitals: Results from a Cost Minimization Model”, was selected as the Best Student Presentation delivered at the ACEA Conference

Nov 13, 2019

Muhammad Maaz is in his 4th year of Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in Economics. On October 18, 2019, Muhammad attended the Atlantic Canada Economics Association conference at the University of Moncton, where he gave a talk titled “Analysis of Occupancy Rates in Hospitals: Results from a Cost Minimization Model”. We are pleased to announce that Muhammad was awarded the Best Student Presentation award at the conference. Way to go Muhammad!

Here are a few words from Muhammad in which he explains how studying economics has shaped his undergraduate degree;

"Studying economics has allowed me to greatly expand my horizons. It’s caused me to think about the world more critically. It is at once theoretically interesting and practically useful. The techniques and ways of thinking we learn in class are immensely applicable to real life: sometimes I find myself dwelling on how to optimize everyday occurrences like my commute (should I bike or should I wait for the bus?) based on the economic principles we learn in class. Suddenly everything becomes an optimization problem! In particular, I am intrigued by the unique challenges that health economics poses. Optimizing how we deliver healthcare services in the future will be of key importance. Under the wonderful supervision of Dr. Papanastasiou, I developed a model to determine how many beds a hospital should have based on certain features like the rates of patient arrival and departure. The great experiences I’ve had conducting research as an undergraduate student have inspired me to seek to pursue academia after I graduate and continue to do research."