Ross_ArmstrongRoss Armstrong is proving you can help out your alma mater even from 2,000 miles away. The 2004 Master of Science in Health Administration alum regularly comes back to UAB from San Diego, Calif. to share with current students his role as a healthcare consultant. He joined the new UAB School of Health Professions Junior Board earlier this year and even flew in to attend the first meeting. Now he is adding another SHP committee to his list.

“I’ve been selected to help with the building campaign on the West Coast for the addition of two floors to the School of Health Professions Building,” said Armstrong. “I’m really excited about what this project is going to do to progress the School and the Department of Health Services Administration.”

Armstrong said one of the draws for his program was the networking opportunities.

“The departments do an excellent job in setting up networking events throughout your time at UAB,” said Armstrong. “Make sure you take advantage of these because developing a professional network will be invaluable during your career.”

Armstrong is a manager in general healthcare at ECG Management Consultants in San Diego. He develops long-term strategic plans to help clients prepare for local and national market changes. Prior to that, he worked as a performance practice manager at Kurt Salmon Associates in Atlanta and as an administrator of director of international marketing at Tucson Heart Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. He’s also co-authored a book, “Strategies for Superior Cardiovascular Service Line Performance.”

Armstrong said a healthcare career has many options.

“Think about your strengths and consider the parts of your education that you most enjoy before pursuing your career path,” said Armstrong. “There are typically a number of options outside of the standard career path and one of them may be more aligned with your capabilities.”

And he has one bit of advice for new students.

“Take a tutorial in Microsoft Office applications especially Excel,” said Armstrong. “It will save you a lot of time if you know its capabilities.”