What do you do in your current job/what are your responsibilities?
A: I work as a Manager at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. (HPHC) a regional health plan in New England with over a million insured lives. My responsibilities include managing large scale initiatives, usually consisting of multiple projects delivered by our outsourcing vendor, related to HPHC's IT Strategy and business operations as well as maintaining relationships and providing guidance to Medical Management and Network Services departments.
Q: What skills did you build in the D'Amore-McKim MBA that you are applying at your current job?
A: In addition to the strategic thinking, which is highly emphasized during the Northeastern D’Amore-McKim MBA, I had case studies directly related to what I do today at Harvard Pilgrim. Having such an opportunity for discussing pros and cons with highly qualified professors and peers and learning from past experiences of organizations is invaluable in the high pace environment of today.
Q: What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the Healthcare Track?
A: Healthcare as an industry is very dynamic, ever-changing and an important part of the US economy. Working in the field is rewarding not only from a professional but also a personal perspective. The ability to be part of something bigger than yourself and seeing how knowledge, strategic thinking, and technology can positively change the lives of many is what motivates doctors, nurses as well as all of us in healthcare administration alike.
Q: Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MBA?
A: Northeastern's focus on employers, which I see all the time now as a hiring manager for MBA residency, and the high quality education was the key reason I selected this program as opposed to a degree in Europe. Also, prior to me joining the program, I had the opportunity to discuss research opportunities with Professors Sheila Puffer and Daniel McCarthy which significantly influenced my decision to join the program.
Q: What was the best thing about your corporate residency?
A: The best thing about the residency at Harvard Pilgrim was the way my manager and coworkers treated me as well as the exposure to healthcare, which I knew almost nothing about. I was given the same responsibilities and training as a full-time associate and was able to see several projects through, from inception to completion, which was highly rewarding.
Q: What was your biggest take-away from earning your MBA at Northeastern?
A: Employers perceive graduates of the Northeastern MBA program as hard-working, focused and very practical. Northeastern helped me explore a career in healthcare, which was not what I originally thought I would be doing.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I see myself in a leadership role at a healthcare organization where my work impacts patients and makes a difference in the cost and delivery of care.
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