What have you been doing since graduating from LSM?
Immediately after graduating from LSM I spent two years as a healthcare strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman, specializing in strategies to help healthcare providers transition from fee-for-service payment models to value-based and shared-risk payment models.
I then spent one year taking post-bacc classes at New York University, while also volunteering in an oncology research laboratory at NYU and in a clinic for high-risk patients at Mount Sinai Hospital. After completing my required pre-med courses, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai, studying self-management behaviors in patients with chronic diseases.
I am currently a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.
How did LSM help prepare you for life after college?
My LSM education has allowed me to speak both “languages” of business and medicine. This has allowed me tremendous flexibility when seeking out new opportunities and deciding which of my interests to follow. LSM allowed me to enter consulting with the solid business foundation I gained at Wharton, while also giving me incredible depth in my area of interest (life sciences and medicine). Similarly, when working in the medical field, I have always felt comfortable speaking with scientists and physicians on a technical level, while at the same time offering expertise on financial, operational, and strategic challenges. This dual-capability has opened doors at every juncture.
What aspects of the LSM program did you think were most critical?
I think the LSM network is an incredible tool that students have at their disposal. Despite being a relatively small alumni community, we are spread far and wide, especially within healthcare and related fields. And, partly because of the program’s size, every alumnus is incredibly invested in the success of past, current, and future students. I can’t begin to say how many times my path has crossed (intentionally and by chance) with other LSM alums.
My advice to current students is to never be hesitant to reach out, either directly or through the program admins and advisors. This can be for school advice, career advice, life advice, or anything really!
What do you think you’ll be doing 5 years from now?
As a first-year medical student, I am planning to be a resident physician in five years’ time.
My goals have certainly changed since I left LSM and Penn. My plan immediately out of college was to fuse my interests in business and medicine as a healthcare consultant. However, I was drawn to pursue medicine in order to care for patients in a more direct and personal way.