What have you been doing since you graduated from LSM?
I graduated from Penn in 2010, after which I spent two years in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs focusing on healthcare. In 2012, I enrolled at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed the first three years of my training. In 2015, I took a two year leave of absence to pursue multiple opportunities to help build early stage healthcare companies in a variety of sectors while working in several different roles (clinical development, business development, operations, etc.). In addition, I engaged in teaching opportunities for undergraduate and medical students at both Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, I am finishing my final year of medical school at Johns Hopkins, and plan on applying to residency in the fall.
How did LSM help prepare you for life after college?
Whether it was in investment banking or in working with early stage biotech companies, there was frequently a need for individuals who had a background in both medicine and business. Often, I was one of the few members that could converse with others about issues ranging from the latest scientific research in a particular disease and physician practices in the clinic to commercial implications for a particular new product or how to best think about the competition in a therapeutic space. Being able to establish a strong rapport with many team members allowed me to take on tasks with increased responsibility and provided me more exciting opportunities.
In medical school, the business foundation that I have developed has helped me better understand key principles in the healthcare industry. Whether it means having a better understanding of the impact of healthcare reform, dealing with changes in the way physicians practice medicine, or gaining more flexibility in future job opportunities, I am confident that a business background will serve me well in the future.
What aspects of the LSM program do you think were key to your success?
The ability to access individuals at the forefront of their professions whether they were our advisors, professors, or board members of the program, was absolutely critical in allowing me to reach my potential. Not only are they extremely intelligent, driven members of the community, but I was also impressed by the tremendous balance they were able to achieve in their lives from a work/life perspective. They are more than willing to take time out of their incredibly busy schedules to speak with you, and I would encourage all students not to hesitate in reaching out to a person with a career or skill set of particular interest to you.
The Capstone Course for graduating seniors, while not a course I took in its current form, is now a foundational experience in the program. As a teaching assistant in the course for the past two years, I saw students learn the intricacies of how companies are formed in healthcare while also taking away nuances about professional development and emotional intelligence that are unparalleled in other courses. While acknowledged as one of the more difficult classes students will take, I believe it is something that gives back over and above what one puts invests into it in terms of time and mental effort.
What do you think you’ll be doing 5 years from now?
Five years from now, I expect myself to have completed my residency in pediatrics and to either be completing a fellowship in a particular subspecialty, or to be practicing as a hospitalist and participating in select opportunities that allow me to play a role in bringing transformative therapeutics to market in an efficient, safe and responsible manner within pediatrics.
I would say that while my long-term goals have changed little since I graduated the program, I have become much more flexible in the route that I take to get there. Upon entering medical school, I never would have expected to take an additional two years off in the middle of my training to pursue alternative opportunities. However, I can say without a doubt that the two years I spent working with early-stage healthcare companies comprised some of the most formative professional and educational experiences that I have had.