Nicholas Wilcox, LSM ‘12
What are you doing currently?
I am a medical student at Yale University.
How did LSM prepare you for life after college?
LSM hones your ability to think critically, to approach problems from multiple perspectives, and to devise creative solutions to overcome these challenges, in instances where perhaps others may only see obstacles or setbacks. The Wharton School curriculum emphasizes leadership, team-based learning, 'big picture' thinking and emotional intelligence, which I have found to be at least as important in confidently navigating life after graduation as having a technical understanding of business fundamentals. The life sciences coursework, and in particular the opportunity to conduct scientific research, helped me to cultivate a habit of mind that is more methodical, process-oriented and data driven. Most importantly, the LSM program's unique interdisciplinary coursework and summer internships showed me how these two seemingly distinct fields could be integrated and applied to address unmet needs in the life sciences.
What was your favorite aspect of the LSM Program?
The LSM Capstone, a team-based course taught by Dr. Steven Nichtberger, was one of my favorite experiences at Penn. It opened my eyes to how science and business could be combined to assess and develop promising medical technologies for the benefit of patients who have exhausted their treatment options. My own team created a business plan for a personalized cellular therapy to treat leukemia that was pioneered at Penn. The experience was so inspiring and instructive that after graduation I chose to work in the laboratory of the principal investigator that conceived the groundbreaking treatment, and for two years had the privilege of serving as a teaching assistant for the course. In addition, the small size of the LSM program and unparalleled access to dedicated mentors, both through the program leadership and advisory board, positively shaped my college experience and provided a strong sense of community, which I think is especially important in a university as large as Penn.
What do you think you'll be doing 5 years from now?
I will most likely be starting medical residency. Broadly, during my training and beyond, I will seek to integrate medicine and business in order to advance medical innovation and to enhance patient care.